The Ethnomusicology program prepares students to evaluate and study the place of music in various cultural contexts. Students are trained in cultural theory, anthropology, ethnographic methods, problems in cross-cultural musical analysis, and world music and vernacular musical traditions. The University has particular strengths in Middle Eastern, Latin American and Caribbean, and South Asian studies. Chicago ethnomusicology students have undertaken fieldwork in North America, North Africa, Europe, East Asia, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

For detailed information about course requirements for the Ph.D. program in Ethnomusicology, please visit the Graduate Curriculum webpage.