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TU’s Kendall College of Arts and Sciences provides a broad foundation of study in the fine and performing arts, languages, education and social sciences. Our students explore the humanities and can structure an independent study course tailored to their academic goals. Our alumni go on to exciting careers – working in Congress, making films, writing novels and composing symphonies – and find themselves conducting research and setting policy in Tulsa, Washington, France, Ireland, Jordan, China and Hungary.

Our Mission

Kendall College of Arts and Sciences provides the core of a TU education and the intellectual foundation for life in a free and democratic society. We seek to produce and disseminate knowledge and artistic expression at the highest levels, drawing on the unique opportunities provided by a student-centered learning community within a research university.

The college’s rigorous curriculum challenges, enriches and expands students’ conceptions of the world, preparing them to ask compelling questions, address complex problems with creative solutions, engage respectfully and knowledgeably with diverse people and their cultures, speak and write persuasively and professionally, and contribute to the advancement of society in productive and meaningful ways.

Points of Pride

  • 94% placement rates in jobs or graduate school
  • Since 1991, there have been 365 Presidential Scholars.
  • In the past seven years, 288 Arts & Science students traveled abroad to more than 42 countries.
  • Since 1980, 39 Arts & Sciences professors received the TU Outstanding Teacher Award.
  • 20 Arts & Science students received research grant awards (2016-2017)
  • Students have won competitive awards such as: Harry S. Truman Scholarship, Marshall Scholarship, Fullbright Scholarship and the Vance and Betty Lee Stickell Student Internship
  • Kendall College is home to six award winning journals: James Joyce Quarterly, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Russian Studies in History, Nimrod: International Journal of Prose and Poetry, Journal of Modern Periodical Studies and the student journal Stylus.
  • Kendall College alumni include: author Rilla Askew, Emmy-winning student director Chase Chambers, Chief of Operations at the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center Monte Hawkins, author S.E. Hinton, actor Wesam Keesh, actor and producer Julius Tennon, Saturday Night Live writer and Emmy winner Steven Castillo and actor Wade Williams
  • Students go on to pursue graduate studies at leading universities: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Oxford and Chicago to name a few.