TCU Core Curriculum

The TCU Core Curriculum emphasizes breadth of knowledge, analysis, inquiry and skills to be a rigorous thinker, empathetic citizen and adaptable leader. – Dr. Theresa Gaul, Director


TCU students devote one-third of their academic study to the Core Curriculum. Courses prepare Horned Frogs to succeed in their majors and upper-division courses, explore interests and passions, navigate a changing world, contribute to their communities, and find fulfillment as lifelong learners.

Based on the traditions of a liberal arts education, the TCU Core Curriculum is organized around four essential student learning outcomes:

Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning at TCUResponsible Citizenship at TCUCommunicate Effectively at TCU


TCU Core Curriculum is guided by principles of equity and inclusion. Students practice skills in cultural diversity and intercultural sensitivity, civic responsibility, and global problem-solving.


Meet the Director and members of Core Review Committees

TCU Core Curriculum Director Theresa Gaul ( and faculty committee members develop and maintain the TCU Core Curriculum and assess it regularly, working with the Faculty Senate.

For Students

Learn about required core courses and overlay options

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For Faculty

How to submit a course for approval for the Core Curriculum

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Areas of Focus

Three areas of focus for the Core Curriculum

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Director and Review Committee

Meet the Director and Review Committee

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