The Tulsa Curriculum links a broad, humanities-based core and writing for all students across all disciplines. TU students can receive a personalized education that is well-rounded. Candidates for graduation must complete at least 124 semester hours of course work.
The Honors Program engages students in a critical examination of the major epochs and ideas of Western thought and culture through careful study of primary texts. A separate application is required. The Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC) program combines advanced research, scholarship, and community service.
TU's Global Scholars Program engages students in global issues from the perspective of their particular major. Students take a set of classes that explore the big questions affecting the world today and participate in monthly programming on campus and an international study, research, or intern experience.
The TU Center for Information Security is developing defenses against cyber-terrorist attacks and information warfare. The center supports TU's National Security Agency (NSA)-accredited certificate program in information assurance and a curriculum that integrates information security with computer law and policy issues. TU has been designated a Center of Excellence in Information Assurance by the NSA and is one of six pioneer institutions selected by the National Science Foundation for the Federal Cyber Service Initiative (Cyber Corps).
Air Force ROTC is available through a satellite program.
Students may receive credit through Advanced Placement testing. Depending on their test scores, students who complete the International Baccalaureate diploma can receive up to 30 college credits.
The University of Tulsa operates on a semester calendar. The fall term begins in late August, the spring term in mid January, and the summer session in late May.
Majors and Degrees Offered
The Kendall College of Arts and Sciences grants the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in anthropology, art, art history, arts management, Chinese studies, communication, deaf education, economics, elementary education, English, environmental policy, film studies, French, German, history, music, musical theatre, organizational studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, Russian studies, sociology, Spanish, theatre, women's and gender studies, and a self-designed major. Minors include most disciplines as well as advertising, classics, creative writing, dance, early childhood intervention, film scoring, Greek, Latin, and Russian. Secondary teacher certification is available in designated disciplines.
Interdisciplinary certificate programs offer a way for students to focus their interests in advertising, African American studies, classics, creative writing, international studies, journalism studies, Judaic studies, legal thought, museum studies, and political philosophy.
The Collins College of Business awards the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in accounting, economics, energy management, finance, management, management information systems, and marketing and a Bachelor of Science in international business and language. Minors are available in most disciplines plus business administration (for non-majors), coaching, healthcare informatics, and international business. Certificate programs are available in accounting, finance, MIS, not-for-profit administration, and sport administration. Management majors may choose specializations in business law, entrepreneurship and family business management, or human resource management. The college is home to several specialized centers, including the Family Owned Business Institute, the Genave King Rogers Center for Business Law, the Williams Risk Management Center, and Studio Blue.
The College of Engineering and Natural Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics, biochemistry, biogeosciences, biological science (options in Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, and Pre-Veterinary), chemical engineering, chemistry, computer science, earth and environmental science, electrical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, engineering physics, geology, geophysics, information technology, mathematics, mechanical engineering, petroleum engineering and physics. Minors are available in the science and computational science disciplines. The college features state-of-the-art research facilities, including the Center for Information Security and the Williams Communications Fiber Optic Networking Laboratory. Since 1995, more than 50 TU engineering students were named recipients of the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the nation's premier award for undergraduate students studying engineering, math, or science.
The College of Health Sciences, TU's newest college, offers the Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training, exercise and sports science, nursing and speech-language pathology. The college, which includes a physician assistant program and houses TU's faculty of Community Medicine, will advance the university's strong partnership with the Laureate Institute for Brain Research.
Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration and Ph.D. degrees are offered in each college through the Graduate School. The College of Law awards the J.D. and L.L.M degrees.
According to its happy undergrads, the University of Tulsa provides the “best aspects of a large state school and a small private school, in addition to great scholarships.” Students name “a combination of excellent scholarship money, transferable credits from my high school,” and “great programs across the board,” as factors that attracted them to the Oklahoman campus of about 4,500. TU “offers full-ride scholarships for National Merit Finalists,” and students enjoy “interesting classes that are actually relevant to our fields of study.” They feel well-rounded, saying their “school is truly dedicated to providing the premier college experience academically, athletically, and socially.” Student rave about the “great student to faculty ratio” and love that TU has a “small school feel while still being big enough to be Division I” in college athletics. They call their professors “smart, entertaining, caring individuals,” who “have reached peak success in their fields” and are “very dedicated to their classes and course material. They all seem to love what they do and want us to love it too.” One student comments, “All my professors know me by my first name.” Students appreciate “all the hands-on, extra opportunities” they are offered along with classes as well as having “plenty of opportunities for undergraduate research.” TU’s “exceptional engineering degree” and “nursing program” stand out, among other programs. Undergrads say, “Major-specific ‘Special Topics’ courses...are limited to a very small number of students and taught by an expert in that field,” and these “tend to be the best classes.” “I feel better prepared than many of my friends who have attended other universities because of the challenging workload and the professors.”