TCU Core Curriculum

General education provides students with a breadth of knowledge and range of skills they cannot gain in any single major

The TCU Core Curriculum emphasizes breadth of knowledge, analysis and inquiry, and the development of the skills needed to be a rigorous thinker, empathetic citizen and adaptable leader in our diverse world. – Dr. Theresa Gaul, Professor of English and Director of the Core Curriculum


The TCU Core Curriculum is the very core of the TCU educational experience. Required for every TCU student to graduate, the Core Curriculum emphasizes student learning to prepare for a life and career that no single major can encompass.

TCU students devote one-third of their academic study to the Core Curriculum, especially in their first two years. Courses prepare Horned Frogs to succeed in their upper-division college courses and majors, 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:


Analyze human experiences, cultural expressions, or creativity

Apply mathematical and scientific literacy skills or concepts

Describe concepts or theories of social responsibility in diverse or global communities

Communicate effectively



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 Core Review Committee members.

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.


The core curriculum gives me the invaluable opportunity to learn in classes that I might not have taken otherwise, with students from different majors than me. Living in a bubble does not lead to progress. Being exposed to other people’s opinions and ways of life, even just through TCU students, allows me to grow in my knowledge and range of thinking.

Luke Fravel, Class of 2024, Pre-Business Major

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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