Popular Music Studies – Online Minor

Explore your creativity through the power of music

Embrace the opportunity to examine popular music as a cultural, social, creative and viable economic field by pursuing a minor in popular music studies online with Oregon State University. This minor will provide you with literacy in several popular music genres including American music, rock 'n' roll, hip hop, film music, reggae, musical theater, songwriting and jazz.

You do not need to audition or have the ability to read music in order to enroll in this program.


Through the study of a diverse range of genres, stylistic practices, performance media and music as a commercial enterprise, you will develop analytical, historical, critical and practical skills to explore, explain and differentiate popular musics.

Complete curriculum details are available on Oregon State's academic catalog.

Sample course topics

  • Music appreciation
  • Digital audio publishing
  • Music cultures of the world
  • The music business
  • Songwriting
  • Genre studies
  • Women in Western music
  • Music theory and composition


If you have questions about Oregon State's popular music minor, contact program lead and associate professor Dana Reason at dana.reason@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-5599.

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State

  • All classes are developed by OSU's world-class faculty, who are renowned for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • Oregon State is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • OSU Ecampus is consistently ranked among the nation’s 10 best providers of online education according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • All Ecampus students receive the same transcript as on-campus students.