STATEMENT OF TENNESSEE BOARD OF REGENTS GENERAL EDUCATION POLICIES
Effective Fall Semester 2004, each institution in the State University and Community
College System of Tennessee (The Tennessee Board of Regents System) will share a common
lower-division general education core curriculum of forty-one (41) semester hours
for baccalaureate degrees and the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degrees.
Lower-division means freshman and sophomore courses. The courses comprising the general
education curriculum are contained within the following subject categories:
Baccalaureate Degrees and Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degrees*
Communication 9 hours**
Humanities / Fine Arts 9 hours (At least one course must be in literature.)
Social / Behavioral Sciences 6 hours
History 6 hours***
Natural Sciences 8 hours
Mathematics 3 hours
Total 41 hours
*Foreign language courses are an additional requirement for the Associate of Arts
(A.A.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees. The B.A. degree requires proficiency in
a foreign language equivalent to completion of two years of college-level work. The
A.A. degree requires proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to completion of
one year of college-level work.
**Six hours of English Composition and three hours in English oral presentational
communication are required.
****Students who have not completed one year of American History in high school must
complete 6 credit hours of American History or 3 credit hours of American History
plus 3 credit hours of Tennessee History in order to satisfy the History General Education
requirement. Students who plan to transfer to University of Tennessee System universities
or to out-of-state or private universities should check requirements and take the
Although the courses designated by Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) institutions to
fulfill the requirements of the general education subject categories vary, transfer
of the courses is assured through the following means:
• Upon completion of an A.A. or A.S. degree, the requirements of the lower-division
general education core will be complete and accepted by a TBR university in the transfer
• If an A.A. or A.S. is not obtained, transfer of general education courses will be
based upon fulfillment of complete subject categories. (Example: If all eight hours
in the category of Natural Sciences are complete, then this “block” of the general
education core is complete.) When a subject category is incomplete, course-by-course
evaluation will be conducted. The provision of block fulfillment pertains also to
students who transfer among TBR universities.
• Institutional/departmental requirements of the grade of “C” will be honored. Even
if credit is granted for a course, any specific requirements for the grade of “C”
by the receiving institution will be enforced.
• In certain majors, specific courses must be taken also in general education. It
is important that students and advisors be aware of any major requirements that must
be fulfilled under lower-division general education.
Courses designated to fulfill general education at the University of Memphis are published
below. A complete listing of the courses fulfilling general education requirements
for all system institutions is available on the TBR website (http://www.tbr.edu/) under Transfer and Articulation Information.
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All students are required to apply to graduate during the semester preceding the semester
of graduation. The deadlines for the application to graduate are included on the Registrar's website. It is the responsibility of the student to insure that this deadline is met.
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