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Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Total Credits

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   

Most 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.

To 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.

Convocation Requirements

The 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.

Convocation 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.

Convocation 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