Degree Requirements

Academic advisement at Morehouse College is designed to help students make appropriate and timely decisions about the course of study in the major sequence and in the core curriculum.

First-time freshmen are assigned a faculty adviser in the academic department of their intended major during the New Student Orientation period. Faculty advisers work with freshmen to determine class schedules for their first two semesters at Morehouse.

Transfer students receive advisers and the evaluation of credits in the major in the appropriate academic department. All students who have not declared majors receive advisement from the dean of freshmen. We encourage students with undeclared majors to declare a major by the end of the first year.

Following the first year, students continue to receive academic advisement from faculty members in their major department. Advisement is mandatory for all students, and advisement holds will be placed on electronic student records to prevent students from selecting classes until the major department removes the hold.

The College Catalog is the best source of information on requirements in the major, in the core curriculum, and for graduation.

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.

A student will not be permitted to participate in commencement exercises until he has satisfied all of the above requirements.

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 150 Golf and Fitness
  • 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