Undergraduate Majors

The Kendall College of Arts and Sciences offers more than 30 major areas of study in disciplines as diverse as the anthropology, communication, film studies, organizational studies and psychology. Upon completion, our alumni are prepared to enter careers such as music, elementary, secondary of deaf education, graphic design, museum management or social work and many choose to pursue graduate studies.

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A wide range of theoretical approaches using various methodologies derived from evolutionary and ecological theory and empirical methodology are used in the graduate level curriculum. Specific areas of emphasis include anthropogenic effects on the environment, modeling human-environmental interactions and body/mind connections in contemporary health and religious practices.

School of Art, Design and Art History

The School of Art, Design and Art History graduate degrees are designed to emphasize the acquisition and practice of technical skills, with students specializing in one media of their choice and working with one major professor. In addition, the curriculum is designed to encourage students to explore disciplines other than art as a means to inform their work.

Art History

Gain general knowledge of art through the ages and the critical skills necessary for meaningful interpretation. A degree through this program prepares students for entry-level careers in museums and galleries, art publishing and admission to graduate programs in art history, conservation and museum studies.

Arts Management

The Arts Management curriculum provides an interdisciplinary program of studies in Arts Management, Business, Performing Arts and an area of artistic specialization in Art, Film Studies, Music or Theatre. The degree prepares students for careers in arts organizations, arts related businesses and graduate study in Arts Management.

Chinese Studies

The Chinese Studies major draws from the disciplines of political science, history, literature and language, business and economics to prepare students for a variety of professional careers and academic programs related to China. The Chinese Studies program, as a minor or second major in combination with other disciplines such as Education, Finance or any of the Engineering specialties, will offer TU students the means to enhance their understanding of China in their disciplines globally as well as locally.

Deaf Education

The deaf education program prepares teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, students will be eligible to apply for certification from the State of Oklahoma to teach deaf and hard of hearing students. The program is nationally accredited by the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED) as a Comprehensive Program. Students are required to take courses in American Sign Language as well as courses in clinical audiology and auditory-oral approaches.


Economics is the study of how societies decide to and do use finite resources in an attempt to satisfy demand for goods and services. This entails the study of resources, production, distribution and demand by various sectors including consumers, businesses, government and foreign entities. Understanding economics from a variety of theoretical perspectives is critical to understanding the world in which we live.

Education and Elementary Education

The mission is to offer a state-of-the-art program for students seeking careers in our nation’s schools. Issues of race, gender, socio-economic class, equity, linguistic pluralism and social justice can be found in every classroom whether urban, suburban, rural, public or private. These issues form the philosophical foundation and the platform upon which students’ course of study are constructed. The teaching areas of study are anthropology, biology, chemistry, geosciences, physics, mathematics, English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, history, political science, sociology, art, theatre, music education, exercise and sports science, elementary education or deaf education.

English Language and Literature

Graduate study in English Language and Literature at the University of Tulsa is nationally recognized and well subscribed. Students train as teachers, scholars, writers, to advance in existing careers and to become professors and research writers in specific literary fields.

Environmental Policy

The environmental policy rests on the premise that students must be able to combine an understanding of the scientific basis for environmental problems with knowledge of human needs, history, politics and economics to derive practical solutions to environmental issues.

Film Studies

The Department of Film Studies equips its majors with the technical expertise to enter professional employment as well as the knowledge and experience necessary to continue study in graduate school. All post-production, scoring and filmmaking equipment is cutting edge and the program provides its students with the strongest possible skills set in the student’s individual area of interest.


The program offers specializations in United States history, European history, or comparative history. Students can utilize a number of important archival collections. The Gilcrease Museum offers substantial holdings in the history of the American West. The Truman, Eisenhower, Johnson, Bush, and Clinton Presidential Libraries with their vast holdings are all within driving distance from the University of Tulsa offering students an unparalleled opportunity to study recent American history.


The Languages Department currently offers instruction in nine languages. These include three romance languages—Spanish, French, and Portuguese—that account for hundreds of millions of native-speakers in the Americas and Africa as well as Europe. The most-spoken language on the planet, Mandarin Chinese, is the focus of a growing program with strong student interest. Enrollments continue to grow in Russian and German, and dedicated groups of students choose instruction in Hebrew, ancient Greek, and Latin.

Media Studies

The media studies program equips students for a variety of professional opportunities in communication as well as graduate study in communication, law, business administration and other areas. With the appropriate electives, students can prepare themselves for careers in media, organizational communication, public relations, advertising, journalism, visual communication and other related fields.


The School of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). A distinguished faculty of active scholars and performers offers students flexible, professional programs in music that are enriched by Tulsa’s heritage of cultural excellence. We offer programs of study that are designed to prepare students for careers in music education, performance, jazz, composition, film scoring, and studio teaching.

Musical Theatre

Musical theatre provides courses to serve student needs in all three areas of musical theatre performance: acting, singing, and dancing. Musical theatre students acquire knowledge in all areas of musical theatre performance: acting, voice and movement for the stage, audition techniques, basic piano and theory, private vocal study, musical theatre history and literature, stagecraft, and theatre dance.

Organizational Studies

It is designed for those students who wish to study organizational behavior and structure in the public and private realms, without limiting themselves to one of the participating disciplines. The idea is to provide students with knowledge and skills that will prepare them for entry-level administrative positions in both public and private organizations


Students of Philosophy will explore the moral and political philosophy, philosophy of logic, philosophy of language, the history of analytic philosophy, ancient philosophy, Kant and Wittgenstein to name a few. Faculty will help students articulate in speaking and writing clearly, in thinking and reasoning clearly and draw connections among the many ideas that abound.

Political Science

The study of politics can be approached as one of the humanities, good for sharpening the brain. More typically it is approached as systematic preparation for the law, government service, administration, journalism, teaching, lobbying, non-profit activities, the intelligence services, the military and police, corporate strategy, the organized opposition to some or all of the above, and last, not least, research.

Clinical Psychology

Clinical psychology course work includes formal course work in the core areas of psychology, research methods, personality and psychopathology, principles of psychological assessment and intervention and professional issues in clinical psychology. The program trains students to do what psychologists actually do in today’s society: ethically apply knowledge of psychological theory, assessment, research methodology and clinical skill to complex clinical problems. Our programs are based upon the scientist-practitioner model: we define psychological practice as the application of the theory, methods and results of scientific psychology to clinical problems.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The express mission of the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program is to achieve students’ mastery of key knowledge and skills needed to help organizations succeed through selecting, training and engaging the best available workers. We emphasize that the best foundation for good practice is good science. Our curriculum offers a balance of I/O content, methods and applications in a culture stressing professionalism, respect for individual differences, and the importance of evidence-based practice. Our students learn to think critically and to communicate clearly in solving real-world problems in work settings.


Students of Religion contemplate deeply about topics such as the purpose of life, the nature of reality and our relationships with others. They also will develop skills of careful reading and clear writing as they wrestle with many fundamental questions, as well as a greater respect for others and a firm basis for constructively contributing to solutions for the problems of our time.

Russian Studies

The interdisciplinary major in Russian Studies is comprised of 33 hours of course work in Russian language, literature and culture, history, politics and communications technology. The major provides students with a knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary Russia as well as with the ability to use the Russian language.


The sociology major offers both structure and flexibility. Students must take 15 credit hours of core subjects that emphasize methods, theory and fundamental issues and concepts in the discipline. In addition, each student maps out a personalized program of study that will satisfy the department’s requirements and accommodate the student’s interests and career aspirations.


Theatre department features courses that flexibly serve the need for both general and in-depth study, allowing students to pursue specialization in one area or gain a broad, general background. Theatre students also study in a minor field such as art, music, literature, psychology, creative writing, film studies or other disciplines.

Women’s & Gender Studies

Women’s and gender studies examines how gender and other intersecting factors such as race, class, culture, sexuality and age have shaped the life experiences of women and men from diverse backgrounds. TU’s program analyzes how contemporary and historical dynamics impact women and men while exploring ways in which they seek equality.