Graduation and Degree Requirements

Morehouse College assumes institutional responsibility for the success of its 2100 students. With over 160 full-time faculty, our classes are small with an overall average 12:1 student teacher ratio. Our faculty know our students and take our mission seriously.

Morehouse offers an education that combines academic rigor with relevant, experiential learning experiences in a dynamic learning community that reflects the energy, spirit, and premise of our mission. Students are required to develop a plan of study in consultation with their academic advisor in order to complete their degree requirements within four years assuming no developmental courses are required, satisfactory academic performance, and continuous full-time enrollment. In addition to developmental courses, students may have additional requirements to fulfill which do not appear on the four-year plan.

Students are required to complete all requirements for graduation in order to earn the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree. These include all credit-bearing and non-credit bearing requirements, including, but not limited to Crown Forum, mandatory exit exams, seminars, and proficiency examinations or evaluations.

Commencement is held once each year in May. Students are invited to participate in the commencement ceremony in May following their degree completion. Those who have not fulfilled graduation requirements will be allowed to participate in commencement exercises only under the following circumstances:

  1. The student has four (4) or fewer credit hours outstanding;
  2. The student has only one of the following outstanding graduation requirements: one course; one lab; OR one course and one associated lab; and
  3. The student has submitted, and had accepted by the department chair of his major area of study, a plan for completing all degree requirements by the end of the spring semester of the following academic year.

Applications for Commencement Participation are available on the Morehouse College 2016 Commencement webpage. The diploma and degree will not be awarded until all degree requirements are completed successfully and recorded.

The College Catalog is the best source of information on requirements in the major, in the core curriculum, and for graduation. The College reserves the right to change any provision listed within, including but not limited to academic requirements for graduation, without notice to individual students. Every effort will be made to keep students advised of any such changes. Information on all changes will be available in the Office of Records and Registration.

Degree Requirements

A student must satisfy the following requirements to earn a bachelor's degree from Morehouse:

  • File a timely application for graduation (satisfying the dates specified by the registrar).
  • Successfully complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of non-repeat courses (exclusive of courses numbered below 100).
  • Successfully complete the College’s core curriculum. (See below.)
  • Successfully complete an approved major concentration sequence.
  • Present a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher.
  • Complete at least two years of coursework (a minimum of 60 semester hours) in residence at the College.
  • Be in good standing at the College.
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to the College.

Core Curriculum Requirements
The core curriculum consists of 53 semester hours of required coursework in the humanities, mathematics, natural sciences and social sciences plus a set of other educational experiences.

The core curriculum requirements are intended to produce learning outcomes in critical thinking, analytical abilities and problem-solving; citizenship; communication; ethical judgment and behavior; knowledge of the natural world; leadership; understanding social institutions; aesthetic experience; the African-American experience; philosophy and religion; and the interdependence of nations and cultures.

English Composition

  • ENG 101-102 English Composition (6 hours)
  • ENG 103 English Composition (3 hours; for students who present the highest scores on the official placement examination)

All students must satisfy this requirement by one of the following methods, which depend on placement scores at time of admission to Morehouse: ENG 101-102 (a two-semester sequence) or ENG 103 (a one-semester course). A grade of C or above is required for successful completion of each of these courses, which are prerequisite for all other courses in the English curriculum.


  • ENG 250 World Literature I


  • HIS 111 World History: Topical Approaches
  • HIS 112 World History: Topical Approaches

Students must complete two of the courses listed below. The combination must be either 100 and 110 (for non-science, non-engineering and non-business students) or 100 and 120 (for science, engineering and business students. The mathematics department must approve all additional sequences.

  • MAT 100 College Algebra
  • MAT 110 Finite Mathematics
  • MAT 120 Pre-Calculus
  • MAT 161 Calculus I

Modern Foreign Languages

  • MFL 201-202 (6 hours; intermediate level) French, Spanish, German, Swahili, Japanese or Russian

Students must complete four of the courses listed below — and no more than one from each discipline.

  • REL 201 Introduction to Religion
  • PHI 201 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHI 302 Introduction to Philosophical Ethics
  • MUS 111 Masterpieces of Music
  • MUS 116 The Oral Tradition in African-American Folk Music
  • MUS 203 Introduction to Church Music
  • MUS 310 History of Jazz
  • MUS 404 Survey of African-American Music
  • ART 110 Survey of Visual Arts
  • ART 140 Introduction to African-American Art


  • BIO 101 Biological Science
  • PHY 101 Physical Science

Social Sciences
Students must complete two of the courses listed below.

  • ECO 201 Principles of Economics (Macro)
  • ECO 202 Principles of Economics (Micro)
  • PSC 228 Comparative Politics
  • PSC 251 National Government
  • PSC 252 State and Local Government
  • PSC 285 Introduction to International Relations
  • UST 261 Introduction to Urban Studies
  • UST 262 Introduction to Urban Studies
  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 103 Social Problems
  • SOC 202 Cultural Anthropology
  • SOC 206 Social Psychology
  • SOC 215 Criminology
  • SOC 255 The Family
  • SOC 256 Men in Society
  • SOC 259 Women in Society
  • PSY 101 Psychology as a Social Science
  • PSY 260 Psychology of the African-American Experience
  • PSY 287 Developmental Psychology

Students pursuing a B.S. degree must complete two introductory courses from two different science departments. Students in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science or engineering must select two courses from departments other than their major department.

Health and Physical Education
Students must complete two of the courses listed below. The chairperson’s approval is required to enroll in 155 or 156.

  • HPED 151 Aquatics and Fitness
  • HPED 152 Badminton and Fitness
  • HPED 153 Basketball and Fitness
  • HPED 154 Tennis and Fitness
  • HPED 155 Fitness for the Non-Traditional Student
  • HPED 156 Individualized Fitness for the Non-Traditional Student