Popular Music Studies – Online Minor

Explore your creativity through the power of music

Embrace the opportunity to examine popular music as a cultural and social practice by pursuing a minor in popular music studies online with Oregon State University. This minor will provide you with literacy in several music genres of your choice, including rock 'n' roll, hip hop, film music, reggae, Broadway music, music technology 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 and critical skills to examine musical meaning through the lens of community, music production and identity. 

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

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 regionally 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.