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Baccalaureate Contract Forms and Instructions


The Contract Cover Sheet

  • Coordinated Study Title: The title you choose should describe the interdisciplinary major you have designed. For example, if your coordinated study combines political science and engineering, your coordinated study title might be called "Political Engineering." The full name of your degree would be: " Bachelor of Professional Studies with a concentration in Political Engineering ." The name you give your coordinated study must be different from any other major offered at the University of Memphis.

  • BPS or BLS:  If your coordinated study combines courses from departments which traditionally prepare their graduates for specific professions such as nursing, engineering, business, etc., you would check (v) the BPS (Bachelor of Professional Studies) option.

  • If your coordinated study combines courses from departments which focus on the humanities such as Judaic Studies, literature, art, music appreciation, etc., you would check (v) the BLS (Bachelor of Liberal Studies) option. If your coordinated study combines courses that meet the requirements above for the BPS and BLS, select either option.

  • The degree plan outlined in your baccalaureate contract must be as valid and academically sound as any other degree offered by the University of Memphis; consequently, your baccalaureate contract goes through an approval process to ensure its academic integrity, including a review by the assistant dean of undergraduate programs, who will assess the contract and consider it for final approval.
Academic Goal Statement
  • This is where you state how your proposed degree will enable you to realize your personal and/or professional goals. Please follow the directions on the document. Proofread your work thoroughly.
General Education and University-Wide Course Requirements Coordinated Study Courses Listing
  • The coursework to be included in your coordinated study must be decided in consultation with your advisor on the basis of your academic and professional goals.

  •  Courses to be included :
    • Include all courses relevant to your coordinated study: upper division, transfer credit, courses you have taken, and courses you plan to take.
    • Include the titles of internships and independent studies so that their content will be known.
    • Group courses by area or department.
    • Do not include the senior project, general education courses, or thematic studies courses.

  •  Basic Requirements for Coordinated Study:
    • Each course in your coordinated study must have been successfully completed with a grade of  "C-" or better.
    • Your coordinated study must include a minimum of 33 upper-division hours (3000-4000 level) from at least two different disciplines; there is no maximum limit.

Thematic Studies, Senior Project and General Electives

Thematic Studies are interdisciplinary courses which address significant problems, themes or ideas.

  • Course descriptions for thematic studies courses can be found at

  • University College offers these courses every term on various topics.

  • Transfer credits sought to be used to meet the thematic studies requirement are not typically accepted.

  • The same course may not be used to meet the six credit-hour thematic study requirement and also be used in your coordinated study.

  • UNIV 3580 and UNIV 3581 may, however, be used for both the general education humanities requirement and the thematic studies requirement.

 The Senior Project

  • A permit from the college is required to register for UNIV 4995 - Senior Project. A permit will not be issued if you do not have an approved Baccalaureate Contract on file in our office.

  • The senior project is completed during your final semester prior to graduation.

General Electives are courses which are typically  unrelated to your Coordinated Study and not intended to meet general education or thematic studies requirements.

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