Introduction Mission
Degrees and Majors


TCU has a long history of offering courses and degrees that contribute to the health and well-being of the community. The Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences enhances that tradition by uniting Nursing with the departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Kinesiology, and Social Work in an integrated unit. The degree programs offered by the College build on an excellent liberal arts foundation and prepare graduates to practice in complex and varied professional settings. Many of the courses offered in the College allow students to learn through practice in professional and clinical settings encountering multiple and diverse disciplines, practitioners, and clients. In both classroom and practice environments students acquire skills essential to finding information, using technology, and solving problems.

By integrating clinical practice, professional and community service, and research activities, College faculty demonstrate their commitment to academic excellence and leadership. They create an atmosphere where learning is a part of the lives of all members of the College community. Faculty are committed to providing individual attention to students in order for them to achieve and grow. Faculty are actively involved in teaching, working closely with students in laboratory and clinical experiences at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Faculty also serve as academic advisors providing career and professional guidance.


The College is dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of physical and mental health and development. The College is further committed to integrating research and ethical practice to prepare graduates who promote all aspects of good health and enhance the human condition. Faculty fulfill this mission by offering a dynamic curriculum that is responsive to the local and global communities. Students are prepared for a variety of professional roles, including clinical and generalist practice, teaching, or further study in graduate programs. Faculty provide exemplary education in the context of the highest standards, preparing students to enter careers that will benefit society.

Degrees and Majors

The Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers the following degrees and majors:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW)
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) with majors in:
Habilitation of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Speech-Language Pathology
Athletic Training
Health and Fitness
Movement Science
Physical Education
Psychosocial Kinesiology


The Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers the following minors:

  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing (COSD)
  • Speech-Language Pathology (COSD)
  • Health (KINE)
  • Movement Science (KINE)
  • Physical Education (KINE)
  • Social Work (SOWO)


Students seeking a Bachelor of Science degree must fulfill all University degree requirements described in detail earlier in the Bulletin. This includes completion of the minimum number of credit hours, typically 124, specified by their majors in the following categories:

I. Core Curriculum (CC) - 39-57 credit hours

A. Essential Competencies - 12 credit hours plus 6 hours Writing Emphasis

B. Human Experiences and Endeavors - 27 credit hours

C. Heritage, Mission, Vision, and Values - 18 credit hours which may overlay with other elements of student's degree requirements

II. Curriculum Requirements of the Major - variable credit hours

Pass/No Credit Option
The department of the major controls approval of P/NC grading options. Departments typically do not allow P/NC grading in courses in the major except in courses specifically graded P/NC.

Multiple Majors
Students with a first major in the College may declare an additional major on the B.S. degree. Approval by the department and college of both majors is necessary. The degree awarded will be that of the first major. All degree requirements for each major must be satisfied, including all CC requirements associated with any major.

Transfer Credit
Students must receive approval of courses they wish to take at another college or university following their admission to Texas Christian University. Students should gain specific course recommendations from department advisors, then seek approval from the office of the Dean of the College. No more than a total of 12 semester hours, except those earned in an approved study abroad program, may be transferred from other schools. No credit may be transferred from a community college once 54 cumulative semester hours have been earned.

Degree Plan and Notification of Intent to Graduate
Students must request a degree plan in the Office of the Dean typically after completing 60 hours. After a degree is awarded, no further work may be applied to the degree. Students must also file an Intent to Graduate in the Office of the Dean at the beginning of the last year of course work.

Academic Advisement
Students are responsible for meeting degree requirements of the major. It is essential that students understand their degree plans and maintain communication with their departments. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with a departmental advisor on a regular basis, reviewing progress toward the degree.


Communication Sciences and Disorders
Social Work

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