Mar 17, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

University College

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Room 218, John Willard Brister Hall
(901) 678-2716

University College offers students a wide variety of traditional and online degree opportunities. Faculty from across the university provide the structure to explore and develop unlimited interdisciplinary, academic ventures. University College also seeks to create and maintain a spirit of academic community through careful and concerned advising and interaction outside the classroom among students, faculty, staff, and community professionals. Program objectives for majors in University College are to demonstrate: (a) the theoretical and practical applications of their coordinated study area (i.e., major); (b) knowledge of appropriate communications practices, including effective writing, computer skills, and oral communications; (c) the ability to solve problems, to work independently and to work as members of a team in a professional setting through an experiential-learning environment; and (d) the ability to address significant problems, themes, and ideas which impact a global society.

Admission to College


In addition to following the procedure for admission to the University of Memphis, prospective students seeking admission to University College must also declare a major within the college. The form can be found at

Student Evaluation

A student’s performance is evaluated by: a traditional grading system (A-F), Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, and Credit/No Credit options supplemented by written narrative evaluations; credit or placement by examination; Advanced Placement examinations for degree credit where available; and credit for validated learning from experience or non-traditional instruction. Of the 120 credit-hours required for graduation (except for the Regents Online Degree Program), at least 30 of the last 60 hours must be earned through credit at the University of Memphis.


Students within the University Honors Program may pursue one of two tracks leading to “graduation with honors”: University Honors or University Honors with Thesis.

University Honors: To attain “University Honors,” with transcript and diploma notations, students complete 24 semester hours of honors coursework that includes UNHP 1101 and 1102 (see UNHP course descriptions). Students must

  • complete the Honors Certificate,
  • complete an Honors Thesis with a minimum grade of 3.0, and
  • have a 3.25 cumulative grade point average.

Some of the Honors coursework may count toward the Bachelor of Liberal Studies, Bachelor of Professional Studies, or University General Education Program courses, and some may be part of the student’s elective hours. The Senior Project may be designed to meet the Honors Thesis requirement. Consult the University Honors Program listing in this Catalog for detailed information about the Honors designation.

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

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 “C” 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.

The Baccalaureate Contract Program

Undergraduate students admitted to University College may design either of two degrees through the Baccalaureate Contract Program: the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (B.L.S.) or the Bachelor of Professional Studies (B.P.S.).

To be eligible for this program, a student must have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.50. Upper-division courses within the student’s Coordinated Study (i.e., major) must be from two or more departments on campus. In addition, the proposed degree must be unlike any other degree offered by the University of Memphis.

A Baccalaureate Contract Advising Committee, comprised of faculty members from the two primary departments represented in the student’s Coordinated Study, will assist the student in the development and execution of a degree program that serves the student’s needs and meets the academic requirements of University College and the University of Memphis. The committee members may be regular or adjunct members of the University of Memphis faculty. A third committee member is optional. The committee may direct the student in the preparation of a portfolio to obtain credit for knowledge gained through experience or nontraditional instruction (see Expenses and Aid for a description of credit evaluation fees in this bulletin).

All baccalaureate contracts will be reviewed and approved by a baccalaurate contract advisor and by the assistant dean of University College. The baccalaureate contract must include work to be completed in the following areas: (1) General Education, (2) Coordinated Study, (3) Thematic Studies, (4) a Senior Project, and (5) General Electives.

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is a systematic process for evaluating and credentialing learning gained in a variety of contexts. Upper/lower-division credit will be determined by a faculty assessor. For more details, please visit

TN eCamus

The degrees offered are:

Bachelor of Professional Studies with concentrations Information Technology, International Organizational Leadership, or Organizational Leadership

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (General Studies/Liberal Studies/University Studies)

Tennessee colleges, universities, and technology centers joined to offer the TN eCampus degrees. All the institutions are fully accredited. Courses completed in the TN eCampus Programs are entirely online and transferable among all the participating institutions.

The courses are available online for the degrees offered through the TN eCampus Program. Please note: TN eCampus courses may not satisfy University of Memphis degree programs. Consult an advisor before enrolling in any online course.

For information about the requirements and courses for the TN eCampus, please see:

A Second Bachelor’s Degree

Students seeking to earn a second bachelor’s degree through University College must satisfy all degree requirements of the college and the university.



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