Graduation Requirements

The University requirements for graduation (e.g., TCU Core Curriculum or University Curriculum, total credits and residence requirements) specified in the Undergraduate Studies Catalog in effect at the time the student first enrolls at TCU as a degree-seeking student will be those required for graduation for a period of time not to exceed six years. A year is defined as the 12-month period following the date of initial enrollment.

The major, school/college and specific degree requirements for graduation in effect when the student formally declares a specific major (or his/her intent to pursue a specific major) will be those required for graduation for a period of time not to exceed six years from the time of declaration of major.

After six years, requirements for graduation will be those specified in the catalog in effect at that time. A student may graduate under the requirements of a subsequent catalog, but he/she must satisfy all the requirements of the catalog chosen. When a student pursues a degree on a part-time basis, his/her enrollment pattern at TCU is a factor the academic dean may consider to determine whether an exception will be made to the six-year rule.

The University faculty expects a bachelor's degree from TCU to indicate both a breadth of knowledge and comparative mastery of some field. Thus the curricula for all bachelor's degrees are built around:

  • Study in specified subject areas as stated in the TCU Core Curriculum, or University Curriculum requirements, as appropriate; and
  • Concentration upon a combination of related courses as outlined by the department, school or college in which study is emphasized; and
  • In some cases, "free electives" or other courses through which educational goals can be reached.

Since an important goal of the University is to help its students learn the ways and habits of articulate thought, the rationale for the TCU Core Curriculum (or University Curriculum) is the belief that there exists an identifiable body of studies central to achieving that goal. All bachelor's degree plans include these requirements. Each school/college may require some variation, and students should refer to the specific degree requirements found in the school/college sections of this catalog.

Additional information may be obtained from the academic dean and/or academic adviser.

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