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College Requirements

University College offers the Bachelor of Professional Studies (B.P.S.) and the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (B.L.S.) undergraduate degrees. These degrees require completion of the following:

General Education Courses (35-41 hours)

See the Graduation from the University link for the University General Education Program requirements.

Students who have completed one year of American History in high school are exempted from the six credit-hour History General Education Program requirement; otherwise, students will have to meet the History requirement.

Coordinated Study (33 upper-division hours)

The Coordinated Study (i.e., courses that make up a student's major) must consist of courses from two or more academic disciplines.

Coordinated Study credit may be earned through courses offered by other departments on campus, credit by examination, credit for experiential learning, transfer credit, internships, or independent study courses.

Students must earn a minimum grade of 2.0 in each graded course and a minimum of 2.25 GPA overall in the Coordinated Study. All Coordinated Study plans must include a minimum of 9 graded upper-division hours taken at The University of Memphis. These credit-hours must be earned in courses from two or more departments.

Thematic Studies (6 hours)

Thematic Studies courses examine a particular theme, problem, issue, or epoch from several points of view. These upper-division courses are designed to provide ways for undergraduates to integrate previous learning. All University College students must complete a minimum of 6 credit-hours of thematic studies courses. A list of thematic studies courses can be found at http://www.memphis.edu/univcoll/courseinfo/thematic_studies.php

The Senior Project (3 hours)

The Senior Project should include academic research or other creative activity resulting in a tangible project to demonstrate synthesis of a student's Coordinated Study. PREREQUISITE: Senior standing. A student must earn a minimum grade of ā€œCā€œ on the Senior Project. Completed projects must also receive administrative approval before students are certified for graduation.


Students may need to take lower or upper-division elective courses in order to reach the 120 credit-hours required for graduation. Such electives may typically be offered by any department at the University of Memphis.

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