Jun 18, 2024  
UofM 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
UofM 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University General Education Requirements

Baccalaureate 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

Courses designated to fulfill general education at the University of Memphis can be found at University General Education Program  . A listing of courses that fulfill general education requirements across many Tennessee institutions is available at https://www.tbr.edu/academics/transfer-and-articulation.

*Foreign language courses are an additional requirement for the 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.

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 appropriate courses.

Although courses that fulfill the requirements of general education subject categories vary, transfer of the courses is assured through the following means:

  • Upon completion of an associate’s degree designed for transfer at a regionally accredited college or university (A.A. or A.S.), the requirements of the lower-division general education core will be complete and accepted by the University of Memphis in the transfer process.
  • 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. 
  • 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.