At McNally Smith College of Music, the liberal arts form a web of interconnection with all music degree coursework, preparing students to explore critically and creatively and communicate effectively and ethically.
McNally Smith believes that a liberal arts education prepares students for a lifetime of opportunities and change as resourceful, innovative, and entrepreneurial thinkers in today’s global society.
In McNally Smith’s Liberal Arts division, students study four major disciplines: Communication, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Math/Natural Science. These disciplines complement a music student’s education in performance, technology, composition, or music business, and provide a context for students to discover their place in the world.
Liberal Arts faculty at McNally Smith are musicians and artists as well as experts in their liberal arts field.
The creative application of cross-cultural studies, history, theory, quantitative analysis, and critical writing provides the vital foundation for a broad and fulfilling life in music.
The Liberal Arts division supports academic resources for all McNally Smith students such as The Learning Center and tutoring services. Liberal Arts-sponsored organizations and initiatives are open to all interested students and include The Decibel, a student-run publication, Composed: The Literary Journal, Films for the Arts, and other arts-related ventures.
Whether in required or elective courses or through interdisciplinary student organizations and activities, McNally Smith’s Liberal Arts division is committed to providing courses and resources that help prepare students for a meaningful and sustainable creative life.