The Kendall College of Arts and Sciences is proud to be the home of several ground-breaking research centers and institutes like The Oklahoma Center for Humanities or the TU Institute for Bob Dylan Studies. Students and professors have access to primary documents and experts in the humanities. TU also partners with The Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease Museum where scholars of every age can explore ancient artifacts and rare literature. There are also centers on campus to assist students with writing and research skills. These unique centers enhance the arts and research capabilities of the TU community.

The Oklahoma Center for the Humanities

The Oklahoma Center for the Humanities is a public think tank for collaboration, research synthesis, deepthinking and community engagement around the vital, distinctive kinds of knowledge, practices and questions the humanities offer. They bring in internationally acclaimed authors, artists, performers and subject matter experts to discuss significant and intriguing topics that remind the TU community of our deep connection to each other. We are all simply human. Learn more.

The TU Institute for Bob Dylan Studies

The University of Tulsa Institute for Bob Dylan Studies is a broadly interdisciplinary research initiative dedicated to exploring the work, influence, life, and legacy of the Nobel-winning artist and his world.  We aim, in particular, to amplify TU’s unique status as the new home of Dylan studies, to draw students and faculty into the archives, to foster world-class research, to engage with Tulsa’s rich musical culture, and to attract international recognition of the university as a leader in the arts and humanities. Learn more.

The Helmerich Center for American Research – Gilcrease Museum

The Helmerich Center for American Research houses the Gilcrease Library and Archive containing more than100,000 rare books, documents, maps and unpublished works. The collection includes a vast archive of printed documents, dating back to the time of Columbus, that detail the Spanish arrival in the Americas, as well as the New England colonies, Westward expansion and the experiences of America’s native peoples. Learn more.

Helen N. Wallace Writing Center

The Helen N. Wallace Writing Center offers one-on-one assistance with writing projects to all University of Tulsa students. Students may bring in assignments from any class as well as personal writing projects like résumés.

Writing Consultants can help students at any stage of writing: formulating ideas, developing and organizing a draft, editing a near final version or anything in between. During a session, a writing consultant will help students identify weaknesses in their writing and find ways to strengthen their rhetorical choice.

The Helen N. Wallace Writing Center is located in McFarlin Library, 3rd Floor.  To make an appointment, go to or call 918-631-3131. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are most welcome.

Hours vary by semester.

Center for Community Research & Development

The Center for Community Research & Development provides a link among The University of Tulsa, the Community Service Council, and other community-based organizations. CCRD aims to improve the effectiveness of community organizations by drawing upon the research skills and technical expertise of faculty and students in a wide variety of disciplines. Learn more.