Our Academic Approach
The College of Arts and Sciences has two fundamental requirements. The first is that each student learns to write English with precision and fluency, a process enhanced by continuing practice in courses across the curriculum. The second requirement is that in completing a bachelor’s degree each student acquires broad skills and knowledge complementary to his or her academic emphasis or specialization.
To each a Bachelor of Arts degree, the student must complete study of a second language through the fourth-semester level or demonstrates equivalent proficiency. Non-native English speakers should consult the advising office for Bachelor of Arts requirements. The Bachelor of Science degree requires the student to complete a sequence of prescribed courses in mathematics and statistics. Selection of course work may be stipulated by the major program. The Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education are pre-professional degrees based on the college’s historic involvement with the find and performing arts. Degree requirements in these programs vary.
Each incoming student completes a sequence of writing courses that provides him or her with the skills needed to meet the expectations and demands of college-level assignments. The writing course teaches practical skills and abilities that are broadly applicable. An advanced course is available for highly qualified students. A fully-staffed writing center is available to all students who desire to work one-on-one with trained tutors. The writing center located in McFarlin Library and is equipped with computers for student use.
As part of the writing requirements, each incoming student completes a specialized course called a First Seminar during the first year at The University of Tulsa. It underscores the enduring relationship between writing and learning by requiring several papers to be written during the semester.
All incoming undergraduates must also complete, place out of, or show proficiency in Contemporary Mathematics or another basic mathematics course certified by the University Curriculum Committee such as Basic Calculus, Mathematics with Applications or Pre-Calculus Mathematics. Incoming freshmen also complete AS 1001 an orientation course that introduces students to a disciplinary topic as well as skills and services necessary to students success. This course is taught by the student’s faculty advisor.
Undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences complete their course of study with an intensive, rigorous, senior-year academic experience. The nature of this senior requirement varies by discipline but usually consist of a specially designed course in the student’s major area of study. To determine the appropriate senior requirement, student should consult their Faculty Advisor or the College Advising Office.
Graduate education is based upon the principles that no objective lies deeper in a university’s tradition than the nurture of scholarship, and that graduate education represents the highest reaches of the college and university endeavor.
In addition to supporting the traditional liberal arts, the college continues to maintain and strengthen its academic standards by internationalizing its programs, developing substantive research opportunities, and seeking distinction in critical fields, including research, the better to equip its students for life in a rapidly changing world.