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To advance lifelong learning and discovery in the humanities and social sciences and to develop critical thinking, analytical and communication skills that prepare students for successful careers in our global society.


To become a liberal arts college nationally recognized for innovative learning and critical inquiry that enhances our environment, improves the human condition and develops ethical leaders.



“An understanding of the liberal arts gives you insight and appreciation for the many challenges the world faces today”

—Dean Andrew Schoolmaster



Why study the liberal arts?

The “liberal” arts have nothing to do with politics (unless you choose to study political science).

By choosing to study the liberal arts, you are investing in a commitment to lifelong learning and academic exploration. Our students are thinkers, dreamers, strategists and communicators. We encourage students to think outside the box, investigate the world around them and engage in their communities as responsible citizens.

Learn your passions.

AddRan offers our students the freedom and flexibility to study what they want, when they want. We don’t tell our students what to learn. Instead, we encourage them to take classes that interest them and move their passions forward.

Train your mind, as Einstein said.

Our students develop skills that will last a lifetime and will look good on a resume whether it’s for a first job, or a last job.

  • Critical thinking
  • Exceptional writing ability
  • Cultural awareness
  • Problem solving
  • Oral communication
  • Respecting differences
  • Research and analytical thinking
  • Learning to synthesize new ideas



AddRan College is one of the largest and broadest academic units at TCU — each semester, students from all majors pass through our halls. The college comprises 13 departments including criminal justice, economics, English, history, geography, modern languages, philosophy, political science, religion, sociology and anthropology, and Spanish. The Air Force and Army ROTC programs are also part of our college.

The Center for Texas Studies, the Center for Digital Expression, and the Center for Urban Studies provide instructional and scholarly activities and programs for the entire TCU community.

Approximately 1,300 students major in our liberal arts programs each year. These students select from:

  • 38 different degree plan options offered at the undergraduate level.
  • Interdisciplinary programs such as Asian studies, British and Colonial/post-Colonial studies, classical studies and digital culture and data analytics.
  • Graduate degrees are offered in the departments of criminal justice, English and history.
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At AddRan College, students learn from and work alongside imaginative and innovative professors. Our approximately 150 full-time faculty members are dedicated to TCU’s teacher-scholar model, providing meaningful learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom. Many AddRan faculty are nationally or internationally recognized in their respective disciplines and use their research and creative activity to instill in our students the excitement that comes from critical inquiry and curiosity.

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About AddRan College of Liberal Arts


Expand your horizons with study abroad opportunities in more than 50 countries, plus service-learning trips overseas and internships around the globe. In addition to TCU’s semester, summer and short-term programs, AddRan students also can study abroad in faculty-led summer programs, such as crime and justice in Scandinavia, and political life of Central Europe: Study in Budapest, Prague and Vienna. Learn more.


Step outside the classroom to turn your ideas into action. With opportunities for internships, part-time jobs, and industry connections through our massive alumni base, you’ll leave TCU prepared and marketable for whatever comes next in life — giving you that much more of an advantage in our global society. Learn more.

TCU Policy on Internships

TCU offers hundreds of internships in any given semester and does not support political or personal statements associated with any of them. We evaluate each opportunity to ensure academic value as it relates to a course of study. Beyond that, we encourage you to seek the opportunities that best match your interests and to choose how to best fulfill your internship requirements.

Your TCU education takes you anywhere. Be a broadcast journalist, special agent, biomedical researcher or Geographic Information System technician. Our grads work for local and international leaders like Cook Children’s Health Care System, Lockheed Martin, Merrill Lynch, Amazon, the U.S. Senate, American Airlines, CBS, IBM, J.P. Morgan Chase, Teach for America, BNSF Railway, Sabre and more. Our career services group are experts in helping you translate your skills to many successful career paths. Learn more.