Cross-cultural study of musical styles, roles, and performance practices in religious belief systems and sacred rituals around the world. Thematic issues include: explicit and implicit relationships between musical substance and ideology; music as a tool for expressing, preserving, and empowering sacred texts; music as a means of structuring ritual; and the power of music to transform experience. Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement. Students entering before 2012: satisfies the Fine Arts distribution requirement.
Normally offered in alternate years. (Not offered in 2014-2015.)