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.
The University of Tulsa is a mid-size, private school that provides a superior learning environment and a myriad of academic opportunities to its 3,000 undergraduate students. Across disciplines, the academic experience is high quality and stimulating, incorporating “rigorous and invigorating lectures and well instructed lab periods.” In addition to coursework, undergraduates benefit from unmatched “academic and professional opportunities reserved only for graduate students at other schools.” A current student attests, “I had no trouble getting undergraduate research experience in biochemistry as early as sophomore year.” Students rave about TU’s outgoing professors, saying that “the faculty and staff at TU seem to take a personal interest in the students here. They are accessible and love to help students in any way possible, not only academically, but professionally and personally as well.” How’s this for involved? “I have even received a text message from a professor when I forgot to turn in a homework assignment,” reports a sophomore. While course selection is occasionally limited by the school’s size, “professors will frequently tailor independent study projects with students.” When it comes to the administration, some students worry that they are too preoccupied with improving the college’s rankings. Others insist that the administrative offices are just as student-friendly as the teaching staff. A sophomore shares, “I became involved in student government my third semester here, and I am so impressed by how accessible the administration is. The deans and president of the university really care about students.”