That's interesting and reassuring. I checked into the program and the university does offer Jazz courses and other types as well. The primary focus is classical though.
I'm meeting with the professor for music theory/composition tomorrow to run some questions by him, but its helpful to know that classical isn't the only option for music majors. I can see how studying theory through classical can offer a diverse and complex range which would lay a nice foundation. After all, several musicians were classical musicians and went on to make their own stuff:
Dido was raised a child prodigy and toured with a classical ensemble before falling in love with Ella Fitzgerald and doing her own thing.
Imogen Heap was also classically trained and performed in recitals before branching into her own style.
Elton John was trained at the Royal Academy of Music, and while he loved playing some of the classical pieces he couldn't stand it and left school to do his own thing.
I love composition, and in addition to the weird folky stuff I like to write, I do have ideas for epic type fantasy music, which would use an orchestra. Thats pretty close to classical music. LoTR for example would take a strong foundation of classical to create I would think.
Thanks for the input all. :)