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Certificate in
Music: Global and Cultural Contexts

The Certificate in Music: Global and Cultural Contexts explores musical creation in all of its rich diversity. Students will learn about the complexities of music from around the globe, from ancient times until the modern age. Through concrete study of the ways in which music reflects and responds to its shifting cultural, social, political, and historical environments, students will hone skills in critical thinking, analysis, and writing. The program will be well-suited to students with broad interest in the study and practice of music for personal enrichment, academic progress, or professional development.

Academic Coordinator: Kristin Force, kforce@ryerson.ca

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits (including English) with a minimum grade of 70 percent, or equivalent, or mature student status with relevant work experience.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Awards and Financial Aid

If you require financial assistance, you may apply for merit-based awards and/or need-based financial aid. As well, students officially registered in a Chang School certificate program may be eligible for funding through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). For a complete list of certificate programs approved by OSAP, visit the Student Financial Assistance website.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete, within your official timespan, the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Recommended Sequence

Students are advised to take the courses in the following sequence: CMUS 101 and/or CMUS 106; Electives – Group A (one or two selections); and Electives – Group B (three selections).

Required Courses

Students may only select one or both of the following courses. If only one course is taken, then two selections must be made from Electives – Group A.

CMUS 101   Music:  Intro to World and Early European Music
CMUS 106   Music:  The Architecture of Music


Electives – Group A (select one or two)

CMUS 105   Music:  Voices Without Borders: Global Chorus
CMUS 211   Music:  Music Cultures of the City
CMUS 401   Music:  Music, Religion and Spirituality
CMUS 501   Music:  Music of World Cultures


Electives – Group B (select three)

CMUS 201   Music:  Introduction to Classical Music
CMUS 303   Music:  Global Guitar
CMUS 503   Music:  Social Issues in Popular Music
CMUS 505   Music:  Popular Music and Culture
CRTA 180   Media:  Music and Film
CRTA 183   Media:  Rhythm, Beat and Groove
CRTA 406   Media:  Chinese Instrumental Music
CRTA 530   Media:  Chinese Music


Note to registered certificate program students
Electives – Group B
CMUS 503 added.