Tulsa Curriculum

Every undergraduate must fulfill the requirements of the Tulsa Curriculum, which has two parts: the core curriculum and the general curriculum, the specific requirements of which are described in the current Undergraduate Bulletin. Most students usually complete the Tulsa Curriculum before beginning the junior year. The University Curriculum Committee (UCC) exercises oversight of the Tulsa Curriculum.

Students should consult with their collegiate advising office for the Tulsa Curriculum specific requirements as they apply to their course of study.


The Core Curriculum

Core curriculum requirements in writing, mathematics, and languages include the development of fundamental intellectual skills that are not only immediately useful in helping students meet the requirements of general education courses but that also equip them with basic competencies. It is presumed that all undergraduates enter the university with adequate computer skills. Short courses and workshops are available to students who want to improve their computer skills.

The General Curriculum

Because the development of knowledge involves collaboration with the past and engagement with the present, the general curriculum is structured to encourage this collaboration and engagement. It is divided into three blocks:

  • Block I: Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience (6 hours)
  • Block II: Historical and Social Interpretation (12 hours)
  • Block III: Scientific Investigation (7 hours, including a lab)

The general curriculum’s intent is to lead students to a breadth of knowledge and intellectual rigor rooted in the academic disciplines. Reflecting the university's commitment to writing through the curriculum, courses in the general curriculum typically require significant amounts of writing. These courses also emphasize original texts, wherever appropriate, as well as current scholarship.