Bachelor's Degree Requirements
A minimum of 128 credits must be successfully completed. No more than eight credits in music ensembles, drama participation and physical education activity courses may apply toward the 128 credits required for graduation. No more than two credits in physical education activity courses beyond those required for graduation may be part of the combined eight credits. To receive a first undergraduate degree, students must earn at least 50 percent of their total credits from Samford. At least 40 credits must be earned in junior- and senior-level courses.
It is the student’s responsibility to see that all graduation requirements are met. Students must meet all requirements for graduation as set forth in the Samford University Catalog website (or, if more up to date, any school or department’s official publications) in effect at the time of entrance into the major, assuming that there is no interruption in enrollment other than for stated vacation periods. Later changes in the requirements for graduation are applicable to students who proceed through their chosen program in a timely fashion.
The core curriculum courses are:
- UCBP 101 Biblical Perspectives
- UCCP 101 Cultural Perspectives I
- UCCP 102 Cultural Perspectives II
- UCCA 101 Communication Arts I
- UCCA 102 Communication Arts II
- UCFH 120 Concepts of Fitness and Health
In the Howard College of Arts and Sciences, most majors and concentrations require language proficiency at the 202 level.
Students planning to earn Alabama teaching credentials should see their department chairs and consult the School of Education section of the University Catalog for special requirements.
Physical Activity Course Requirements
schools require one or two physical activity course(s) in addition to UCFH 120.
Students with disabilities impacting physical activity should contact the
Director of Disability Resources for assistance. If PHED 138 (Water Safety Instructor’s
Course) is passed, the successful completion of UCFH 120 will fulfill the
student’s physical education requirement.
meet the general education physical activity requirement, a student may
register and receive credit only once for the same activity course, with the
exception of student-athletes participating in NCAA varsity sports. Student-athletes
may count a single varsity sport up to two times, once for the general
education requirement and once for general electives that count toward the
overall 128 credits in the standard degree, provided that degree allows for
general electives. For majors that require no physical education activity
courses, students may apply a maximum of two (2) activity credits as general
electives toward the total credits required to earn a degree.
purpose of Convocation is to nurture students in faith, learning, and values
from a distinctly Christian perspective. Students are made aware of the
Christian worldview and are encouraged to develop sympathy with the Christian
mission in the world. Students are provided with opportunities to grow toward
spiritual maturity. Convocation events help to cultivate the climate within
which transcendent and teachable moments can occur in both formal and informal
contexts at Samford.
offers nurture on an individual level, a corporate level, and a confessional
level. First, Convocation provides activities that challenge persons to grow
toward Christian maturity. Second, Convocation encourages persons to contribute
to the Christian ethos of the University community. Third, Convocation is a
formal means by which we-the University-can be who we say we are: a community
committed to faith, learning, and values rooted in a Christian worldview.
programs allow students to satisfy the Convocation requirement for graduation.
Incoming freshmen must complete 60 credits to graduate, 30 credits by the end
of their sophomore year. Transfer students have their Convocation
requirement prorated based on the credits they transfer to Samford from another
institution. For more information about Convocation requirements,
see here or visit
the Office of Spiritual Life web site at www.samford.edu/osl.