Jul 15, 2024  
UofM 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
UofM 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Requirements & Graduation

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To receive a bachelor’s degree from any of the colleges in the University, students must have an *overall grade point average of at least 2.00.  Courses designated to fulfill general education at the University of Memphis can be found at University General Education Program .  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 ensure that this deadline is met.  

Degree Awarded

After a degree has been awarded, the academic record (to include the transcript of all courses that comprises the awarded degree) is considered final and locked. Repeat processing, dropping of individual courses, withdrawals for a term, and any other adjustments to the final academic record will not be considered. Only administrative errors can be corrected on the final transcript after the degree has been awarded. Any academic record concerns that a student has during their final semester must be discussed with their graduation analyst prior to graduation.

Graduation with Distinction

Students who intend to achieve Graduation with Distinction must do the following:

  1. Fulfill all University of Memphis graduation requirements.
  2. Earn the following minimum grade point average on both their UofM and *Overall GPA to achieve the listed designations:
  • 3.2500-3.4999 Cum Laude
  • 3.5000-3.7999 Magna Cum Laude
  • 3.8000-4.0000 Summa Cum Laude

*Overall GPA refers to the combination of the student’s UofM GPA and the GPA from college level transfer courses that were posted prior to Spring 2015 and after Summer 2019.  Transfer work posted during Summer 2015 through Summer 2019 is not counted in the Overall GPA per the Tennessee Board of Regents transfer policy and the academic catalogs for this time period.

The actual conferral of Graduation with Distinction cannot be made until the student’s UofM and Overall GPA has been certified by the College/School. Transitional Academic Studies courses (DSP) are not considered in calculating eligibility for Graduation with Distinction. College level courses used to satisfy high school deficiencies will be considered in the computations to determine eligibility for Graduation with Distinction.

Residence Requirements

A student will satisfy residence requirements for graduation by earning at least twenty-five (25) percent of credit hours required for the degree at the University of Memphis. At least thirty (30) of the final sixty (60) hours required for the degree must be completed at the University of Memphis. A student transferring credits from a two-year college or institution must complete, as a requirement for the baccalaureate degree, a minimum of sixty semester hours in an accredited senior institution.

In addition, the student must meet the residence requirements for the specific degree as established by the college or school in which it is offered. Exceptions to residence requirements can be authorized by the appropriate dean. Residence requirements for specific degrees within each college or school may be found in the Colleges and Degree Programs section. For more details, the student should inquire in the office of the dean of the appropriate college or school.

Requirements for Teacher Licensure

An undergraduate student can be recommended for licensure to teach in Elementary Education (Grades K-5); Early Childhood Education (Grades PreK-3); or Special Education (Grades K-12); or Physical Education (Grades K-12), Art (Grades PreK-12), Music (Grades PreK-12) in the State of Tennessee by completing all degree requirements for that endorsement as outlined for the Bachelor of Science in Education in the COLLEGE OF EDUCATION DEGREE PROGRAMS section of this Catalog, or the College of Communication and Fine Arts for Art and Music.

A student in any of these programs must (1) file an application for admission to the Teacher Education Program in The College of Education; (2) fulfill the requirements and application procedures for the year-long Residency; (3) apply to graduate before the University deadline; (4) have an overall GPA of no less than 2.75 and a grade of “C” or above in each required course on their program of study; (5) pass all appropriate PRAXIS II licensure exams, and (6) fulfill all other graduation requirements listed under the TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS: REQUIREMENTS section.

Graduate, special, and transfer students who wish to obtain a teacher’s license should confer with the academic advisor in the College of Education, Room 202, Ball Hall on the main campus, or Room 220 in the Varnell-Jones Building at the University of Memphis, Lambuth Campus, concerning their individual requirements.

Second Bachelor’s Degree

All students who hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, including the University of Memphis, may earn another bachelor’s degree with a different title.

To earn the second bachelor’s degree, the student must:

  1. Complete any additional college requirements as determined by the office of the dean of the college granting the second baccalaureate degree.
  2. Complete all requirements for the major as determined by the department in which the second baccalaureate degree is sought.
  3. Complete a minimum of 30 semester hours in residence.
  4. Earn a minimum overall* grade point average of 2.0.

*The University Undergraduate Council (UUC) approved in 2018 for University of Memphis coursework and transfer coursework to count in the overall gpa and overall combined GPA effective Fall 2019. This policy change is a return to University of Memphis practice prior to Summer 2015.

*Overall GPA refers to the combination of the student’s UofM GPA and the GPA from college level transfer courses that were posted prior to Spring 2015 and after Summer 2019.  Transfer work posted during Summer 2015 through Summer 2019 is not counted in the Overall GPA per the Tennessee Board of Regents transfer policy and the academic catalogs for this time period.

  1. For New Transfer students admitted Fall 2019, transfer credit will count in the overall and overall combined GPA
  2. For Readmitted students for Fall 2019, transfer credit taken since last attending the U of M will count in the overall and overall combined GPA.
  3. For Continuing students, transfer credit applied to Fall 2019 will count in the overall and the overall combined GPA.

Historically, overall gpa included University of Memphis work and transfer work posted through Spring 2015. Due to a change in the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) policy effective Summer 2015, transfer credit posted was reflected in earned hours, but no longer applied to the overall or to the overall combined gpa.  

Second Major

Two majors in the same degree may be pursued simultaneously or subsequently. If a student completes the requirements from a valid Catalog for an additional major for a degree previously earned at the University of Memphis, that major may be posted on the student’s record if the student applies for the additional major through the appropriate dean’s office.


A student with a declared major may pursue any established minor described in this or any subsequent catalog. The selected minor must be different than the declared major and require approval of the degree granting college under which the student is graduating. The minimum of 18 credit hours for a minor is required. Some of the hours in the minor may also be included in the student’s general education and degree requirements. There must be at least 9 hours at the upper division level. The GPA required for the minor is that of the degree granting college. Students must complete the coursework for the minor as described in the “Undergraduate Programs ” section of the undergraduate catalog. The minor must be declared no later than graduation check-out time. All course requirements for the minor must be completed by the time of graduation.

Minors available are the following:

College of Arts and Sciences
Aerospace Studies Minor 
African and African American Studies Minor  
Anthropology Minor  
Asian Studies Minor  
Biology Minor  
Chemistry Minor  
Classical Studies Minor  
Cognitive Science Minor  
Computer Science Minor (21 hours)  
Criminology and Criminal Justice Minor  
Earth Sciences Minor  
Emergency Management Minor  
English Minor  
Environmental Studies Minor  
Healthcare and Society Minor  
History Minor   
Legal Thought and Liberal Arts Minor  
Mathematical Sciences Minor  
Military Science Minor  
Naval Sciences Minor  
Nonprofit Management Minor  
Philosophy Minor  
Physics Minor  
Political Science Minor  
Pre-Health Professions Minor  
Psychology Minor  
Public Administration Minor  
Religious Studies Minor  
Social Work Minor  
Sociology Minor  
Women’s and Gender Studies Minor  
World Languages and Literatures Minor   

College of Education
Applied Behavior Analysis Minor  
Educational Psychology & Research Minor  

Fogelman College of Business & Economics
Accounting Minor 
Banking and Financial Services Minor  
Business Economics Minor  
Business Finance Minor  
Business Information and Technology Minor  
Entrepreneurship Minor  
International and Global Studies Minor  
Management Minor  
Marketing Management Minor  
Pre-Professional Business Administration Minor  
Professional Selling Minor  
Project Management Minor  
Real Estate Minor  
Risk Management, Financial Planning and Insurance Minor  
Social Media Marketing Minor  
Supply Chain Management Minor  
Systems Testing Minor  

College of Communication and Fine Arts
Advertising Minor   
Communication Minor  
Dance Minor  
Graphic Design Minor   
Journalism Minor  
Music Minor  
Photography Minor   
Public Relations Minor  
Studio Arts Minor  
Theatre Minor  

Herff College of Engineering
Engineering Technology Minor  

Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management
Culinary Arts Minor   
Hospitality and Resort Management Minor  
Food and Beverage Management Minor  
Pastry and Baking Minor  
Special Events and Catering Management Minor  

College of Professional & Liberal Studies
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services Minor  
American Studies Minor  
Child Development Minor  
Community Action and Social Change Minor  
Legal Studies Minor  
Religion in Society Minor  

College of Health Sciences
Nutrition, Health & Wellness Minor    

School of Public Health
Public Health Minor