Feb 27, 2021  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic and Student Services

The University provides a variety of academic support services that complement the academic programs and help students reach their educational goals.

New Student Programs

The Office of Student Recruitment and New Student Programs coordinates programs that inform first-year students, transfer students, and prospective students about the educational opportunities available on campus. Examples include New Student Orientation, Transfer Transition Workshops, ESLI and Dual Credit Orientations, and Island Days. New Student Orientations provide first-year students with information regarding academic advising and registration. Advisors assist students in selecting the courses for their first semester at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Parents who attend the orientation program have their own activities and have opportunities to meet key faculty and administrative personnel for an exchange of questions and ideas. Transfer Transition Workshops provide transfer students with an opportunity to gain information, meet with academic advisors, become familiar with the campus, and register for classes. New Student Orientation programs are offered prior to the fall and spring semesters. Students will be provided with dates upon their acceptance to the University. Campus tours are available throughout the year.

The Office of Student Recruitment and New Student Programs is located in the Student Services Center. For additional information, please call (361) 825-6051 or log on to http://tour.tamucc.edu for tours or http://orientation.tamucc.edu for orientation.

Academic Advising Centers

Academic advising centers are housed in each college and staffed by full-time academic advisors. Undeclared/exploratory students are advised through the Islander Transition Center located in the Faculty Cen. Full-time academic advisors are available to assist students with their educational plans, course selections, degree requirements, and other academic matters. Academic advisors support students from the time of their initial enrollment to the successful attainment of their educational goals. An additional feature of the academic advising program is the direct involvement of University faculty as advisors or career mentors. To locate your academic advisor and/or find out more about advising, please call (361) 825-5931 or visit the web site at http://aatc.tamucc.edu.

Office of Academic Testing

The Office of Academic Testing provides testing services for students and the community. Some of the exams administered include the COMPASS, CLEP, LSAT, THEA, the Major Field Test, and correspondence exams. Students are required to take a TSI-(Texas Success Initiative) approved exam (ASSET, ACCUPLACER, COMPASS, or THEA) prior to enrolling in college-level courses. For information on TSI exemptions, see the “Admission ” section of the catalog. For information on TExES examinations, see the “College of Education ” section of the catalog. Please visit http://testing.tamucc.edu or call (361) 825-2334 for other services provided by this office.

Center for Academic Student Achievement (CASA)

The Center for Academic Student Achievement (CASA) is committed to providing academic support services to help students reach their educational goals and to succeed in the university environment. CASA programs are designed to improve the retention and graduation rates of University students. These academic support services include tutorials, Writing Center, supplemental instruction, mentorship, developmental education, and student retention assistance. Students are encouraged to contact the Center for Academic Student Achievement, located in the Glasscock Student Success Center, at (361) 825-5933 or visit our website at http://casatamucc.edu for hours of operation and schedule of services.

CASA Services

The needs of students coming to CASA are assessed and academic support services are recommended to aid students in reaching their academic goals. The Center’s services consist of tutorials in most core subjects, The Writing Center, Supplemental Instruction, mentorship and retention programs, study skills and developmental education (TSI) support. Services are free and available to all A&M-Corpus Christi students. In order to utilize academic support services, a student must be enrolled at A&M Corpus Christi. CASA operates on a walk-in basis.

First Scholars Academy

CASA’s First Scholar’s Academy (FSA) is a program designed to assist first-time-in-college first generation students through peer and professional staff mentorship. In addition to the FSA mentors assigned to participants, the FSA program assigns volunteer mentors from University faculty and staff in the students’ major field.

Islander Success Advocates

The Islander Success Advocate Program is designed to mentor first year students. The Islander Success Advocates are academically successful, upper division, and undergraduate students who are trained to help first year students make a smooth transition while ensuring academic success. For additional information, please contact the Islander Success Advocate Director at 825-5933 or by email at hector.duarte@tamucc.edu.

Starfish Early Alert Warning

Hosted by CASA, Starfish Early Alert Warning and Connect is an early warning alert system for undergraduate students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The software is designed to assist faculty communicate course progress feedback to students and to help connect students with their “Success Network” comprised of faculty, advisors, mentors and other campus support units.

Supplimental Instruction (SI)

CASA also offers Supplemental Instruction (SI) that is designed to increase student performance and retention. This program targets large entry-level courses and provides regularly scheduled, out-of-class, peer facilitated sessions.

Texas Success Initiative Advising (THEA)

Retention Specialists at CASA help coordinate the Texas Success Initiative. THEA requirements are discussed in the “Texas Success Initiative (TSI) ” section of the “Admission ” chapter. The Retention Specialists also assist first year students in developing a success plan. For additional information, call the Retention Specialists at (361) 825-2977.


The Center for Academic Student Achievement provides tutorial assistance to students in most core courses on a walk-in-basis. Subjects include mathematics, science, statistics, business, accounting, and reading, among others.

The Writing Center

The CASA Writing Center supports the writing process of all University writers, from freshmen to graduate students. The Writing Center offers face-to-face and online writing consultations as well as faculty-requested writing workshops. Though the Writing Center does accept walk-in sessions based on consultant availability, it is strongly encouraged those seeking assistance schedule an appointment by visiting: http://casa.tamucc.edu/wc.php.

Most sessions are 30 minutes in length for undergraduate writers, and graduate writers are provided with hour-long standing sessions by request. Graduate student seeking hour-long standing appointments can contact the Writing Center Director at 825-5933 or by email at noelle.ballmer@tamucc.edu.

Mary and Jeff Bell Library

For information on library resources and services, see “Mary and Jeff Bell Library ” in the catalog section entitled “The University .”

Computing Resources

For information on computing resources, see “Campus Facilities ” in the catalog section entitled “The University .”

Student Services

Division of Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs aims to foster a healthy academic climate and professional atmosphere that promotes and encourages student leadership, learning, and growth. Services and programs are designed to meet the needs of students with varied backgrounds and interests. Music, arts, special events, and multicultural programs contribute to a positive experience on campus and promote an understanding of a diverse and changing global community.

The Division of Student Affairs is made up of various departments, including Career Services, Housing, Recreational Sports, University Center and Student Activities, Judicial Affairs, Disability Services, University Counseling Center, University Health Center, and the Women’s Center. The Division collaborates with all departments on campus to assist students in the attainment of their personal and academic goals.

A major strength of A38M-Corpus Christi is that students participate in a variety of out-of-class activities. Activities begin with orientation and include a variety of campus organizations and sports clubs that provide a wide range of leadership experiences. Student services are designed to help students attain their desired degrees, learn healthy lifestyles, and attain employment or admission into graduate school. For additional information, see the Student Affairs website at http://studentaffairs.tamucc.edu. The Office of Student Affairs is located in the University Center, Suite 318, (361) 825-2612.

Career Services

The Career Services staff helps students explore, select, prepare for, and actively pursue satisfying employment and careers. The following services are available:

  • Career counseling, computer-assisted assessment, and vocational guidance, which help students explore career options beginning in their first semester. Students may meet with a Career Counselor to explore interests and values, with a view toward choosing a career. For students who are experiencing difficulty choosing a major, this can be a useful process of self-exploration.
  • Job search and graduate school advisement.
  • Student employment services: assistance in finding on- or off-campus employment.
  • Internship and co-op placement assistance for students at all levels.
  • On-line job listings via Career Services website http://career-services.tamucc.edu.
  • Volunteer opportunities listing.
  • On-campus recruiting and Job Fairs throughout the year targeted at different majors.
  • Electronic resume referral service.
  • Career Resource Library and Computer Lab.
  • Career seminars, workshops, and Business Etiquette Dinner.
  • Videotaped “mock” interviews with trained counselors and professionals.

Career Services is located on the third floor of the University Center in Suite 304. For information, call (361) 825-2628 or visit the website at http://career-services.tamucc.edu.

Chancellor’s Student Advisory Board (CSAB)

The purpose of the Chancellor’s Student Advisory Board of the Texas A38M University System is to provide representation for the students to the Chancellor and Texas A38M University System leadership, and to educate and stimulate student involvement in student affairs. It is made up of two students from each system institution. Thus, the Chancellor’s Student Advisory Board is the official student voice to the system leadership.


On-campus housing provides students with a special opportunity to develop friendships, participate in group activities, and enjoy the unique island setting of the University.

On-campus housing is managed by Camden Property Trust, a private developer. Camden Miramar apartments and residence halls have several floor plans available, accommodating one, two, or four residents.

Apartments are equipped with a full kitchen, including dishwasher, disposal, refrigerator, range, and built-in microwave oven. All apartments are furnished with a sofa, chair, coffee table, and end table, and each bedroom with a desk, dresser, and twin bed.

Residence halls feature suite-style bedrooms with a shared bathroom and traditional shared rooms with a private bath. Each unit has a micro-fridge (refrigerator, freezer and microwave oven) plus bed and built-in desk. Each floor has a study room, full kitchen, and laundry room.

Rental payments may be made in either a lump-sum disbursement or in monthly installments. Utilities, basic cable service, high speed internet, and local phone service with voice mail are all included.

Recreational, cultural, and educational activities are provided as an integrated part of on-campus housing. Housing staff reside throughout Camden Miramar to assist residents. For more information about student housing, please visit http://housing.tamucc.edu.

In addition, the University has a Director of Housing who serves as a liaison with Camden Miramar and assists students with on- or off-campus housing. Students desiring information about housing may obtain information and an application on the website at http://www.housing.tamucc.edu.

Transportation Services

Any student may ride the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) buses for free of charge by showing his/her Sandollar ID card. For bus route information, go to http://www.ccrta.org or call RTA (361) 289-2600. For more information or to address concerns regarding the service, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at (361) 825-2612.

Judicial Affairs

Judicial Affairs Officers strive to protect the University’s educational community and to maintain social discipline through the administration of the Student Code of Conduct. Inappropriate behavior will be investigated and adjudicated in a manner consistent with the institution’s educational and community development goals. Students may view a copy of the Student Code of Conduct at http://judicialaffairs.tamucc.edu.

Student Government Association (SGA)

The Student Government Association (SGA) is composed of the Executive Branch, Class Senators, College Senators, and the Judicial Branch. The SGA President, Vice President, Class Senators and College Senators are elected in the spring semester for a term of one year. Elections for freshman senators are held in September. The Judicial Branch is appointed by the SGA President and approved by the Student Senate. For more information, call (361) 825-5745, or visit us on the website at: http://sga.tamucc.edu.

Recreational Sports

The Recreational Sports program provides facilities, equipment, and opportunities for participation in a wide variety of sports and recreational activities for the University community. The activities range from highly competitive and structured to informal, social activities. A variety of programs are offered including intramural sports, fitness and wellness classes, informal recreation, sport clubs, aquatics, outdoor adventure, and special events.

The Dr. Jack and Susie Dugan Wellness Center includes a gymnasium, free weights, weight machines, cardiovascular exercise equipment (treadmills, elliptical trainers, steppers and bikes), multi-purpose group exercise rooms, and offices for the Recreational Sports Department and Intercollegiate Athletics Department. The adjacent outdoor complex includes multi-purpose playing fields and a 25-yard outdoor seasonal pool.

Each semester Recreational Sports employs students to work as intramural supervisors and officials; lifeguards; facility assistants; and supervisors; group exercise instructors and personal trainers. Work study and non-work study positions are available. No experience is necessary. Training for all positions is conducted or facilitated by the Recreational Sports Department. The Recreational Sports Department Office is located in Room 107 of the Wellness Center opens. For more information, call (361) 825-2454 or go to http://recsports.tamucc.edu.

University Center and Student Activities (UCSA)

The University Center and Student Activities (UCSA) Department strives to provide the campus with opportunities to socialize, learn and develop. The University Center itself serves as the living room of the university, providing table seating, lounge space, a game room and large flat-screen TV’s for students, faculty and staff. A number of small to large meeting and event spaces are available for use. The Department is also home to more than 100 student organizations and coordinates a number of special events and activities, such as comedians, concerts, leadership programs and cultural events. UCSA is also one of the largest student employers on campus. For more information, call 825-2707, 825-5202 or visit our website at http://ucsa.tamucc.edu.

Aloha Days: The Freshman Camp Experience

Aloha Days provides incoming first-year students with an optional summer camp experience designed to aid in their successful transition to Texas A38M University-Corpus Christi. Student leaders serve as camp counselors who facilitate activities, discussions, games, and presentations. During Aloha Days, first-year students develop friendships with current students and university staff, learn about the benefits and opportunities for leadership involvement, understand the values of diversity, learn more about themselves, and of the pride in the growing traditions, spirit, and rich heritage of A38M-Corpus Christi. For more information call (361) 825-2707 or visit http://alohadays.tamucc.edu.

Alternative Spring Break (ASB)

During spring break, students travel to work on various community service projects at the host site, including community engagement social services and environmental conservation.

In the past, ASB has traveled to New Mexico for a Habitat for Humanity project and Georgia to the Chattahoochee River National recreation Area and helped with river clean up and trial work. For more information call (361) 825-2707.

Campus Activities Board (CAB)

CAB is responsible for bringing a variety of cultural, educational, recreational and social events to the campus community for free or a low price. Students develop leadership skills while budgeting, planning, marketing, and evaluating each event. For a listing of upcoming events call (361) 825-2363 or visit http://cab.tamucc.edu.

Education through Development, Growth, 38 Experience Leadership Program (EDGE)

EDGE is a unique student leadership development program available for all students. Students involved in EDGE attend seminars, participate in service projects, and learn personal and group leadership skills. For more information call (361) 825-2707 or visit http://edge.tamucc.edu.

Greek Life

Fraternities and sororities are value-driven student organizations based on brother/sisterhood, leadership, service and academic success. They strive to prepare their members for life after college through a variety of social activities, leadership programs, and community service projects. These organizations provide lifelong relationships, networking and volunteer opportunities. For more information call (361) 825-2707 or visit http://greeklife.tamucc.edu.

Islander Cultural Alliance (ICA) 38 Multicultural Programs

A38M-Corpus Christi is a multicultural campus with students, faculty, and staff of various ethnic backgrounds and interests. It is also a place where individuality is encouraged and differences are respected. The Islander Cultural Alliance (ICA) is a student organization that organizes and promotes multicultural programs on campus. The group also concentrates on creating and accepting an inclusive campus environment through cultural awareness and education.

Some events include celebrating Black History Month, Disabilities Awareness Month, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Allies Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Women’s History Month, and Asian Heritage Month. For more information call (361) 825-2539 or visit http://ica.tamucc.edu.

South Texas Leadership Conference

The South Texas Leadership Conference (STLC) is held each spring semester at Camp Zephyr, located on Lake Corpus Christi. Students from several universities in South Texas attend this 2 ½ day event to enhance their leadership skills and meet other student leaders. Applications are available in late January or early February. There is a small fee to attend this leadership conference. For more information call (361) 825-2707.

Student Publications

Island Waves, the official student newspaper, is produced weekly. All students who enjoy writing, photography, sports or would like to learn more about producing a student newspaper are encouraged to become involved with Island Waves. Many volunteers are needed to produce the paper. Several paid positions are also available each semester. For more information call (361) 825-5862 or visit http://islandwaves.tamucc.edu.

Together Islanders Develop Excellence (TIDE)

TIDE is a peer mentor program at A38M-Corpus Christi. This program is designed to give new students personal assistance in transitioning to college life by placing student advocates in each First Year Seminar class. Advocates provide assistance with study skills, time and money management and getting involved on campus and in the community. For information call (361) 825-5937 or visit http://tide.tamucc.edu.

University Council of Student Organizations (UCSO)

The University Council of Student Organizations (UCSO) is a governing body for student organizations and includes representatives from each student organization. UCSO meets monthly to determine policy and funding for over 100 student groups that exist on campus. There are many types of organizations, including: academic, honor societies, special interest, political, faith-based, cultural, professional, and other interest groups. A current list of recognized student organizations is available in the Student Organization Center University Center 204. For more information call (361) 825-3239 or visit http://ucso.tamucc.edu.

Waves of Welcome (WOW)

Waves of Welcome (WOW) is designed to help students become familiar with A38M-Corpus Christi and its traditions. WOW provides an opportunity for students to meet their fellow Islanders, network with faculty and staff, and connect with student leaders. By attending open houses, special programs, meetings, and other activities, students can learn more about the many resources available to help them succeed academically and get the most out of their college experience. The Waves of Welcome schedule is distributed at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. For more information call (361) 825-2707 or visit http://wow.tamucc.edu.

Disability Services (DS)

Texas A38M University-Corpus Christi is committed to promoting equal opportunities for students with disabilities to access campus facilities, resources, and programs. Support services and reasonable academic adjustments are arranged for students with permanent or temporary disabilities through the Disability Services (DS) Office. The DS Office is located in Driftwood 101.

Students with permanent or temporary disabilities who qualify for support under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 must self-identify and register with the Director of the DS Office. To qualify for services students must 1) be admitted to the University 2) present appropriate and current documentation of their disability from a qualified professional and 3) register with the DS Office each semester. Advance planning by the student with the Director or Assistant Director of the DS Office is necessary to ensure adequate time to arrange for appropriate accommodations. It is recommended that requests for services and/or academic adjustments be made as soon as possible. Requests for services requiring extensive preparation (e.g., interpreter services, adaptive and assistive equipment, textbooks in alternate format, etc.) may need up to 30 days to process. For additional information please call (361) 825-5816 or visit the DS website at http://disabilityservices.tamucc.edu.

University Counseling Center (UCC)

The University Counseling Center helps students resolve problems that can interfere with meeting the demands of college life and offers a variety of services for students who want to develop skills and resources to be personally and academically successful. UCC services are funded through the Student Services fee and are available to all currently enrolled TAMUCC students at no additional charge. Counseling Center records are kept strictly confidential and are not released without the student’s written permission except under certain legal conditions.

Services include brief individual counseling, academic skills counseling, psycho-educational  workshops, limited psychiatry services, alcohol and other drug treatment and education, and consultation.    The Counseling Center also offers a Relaxation Room which is a quiet, peaceful space for students to develop and practice relaxation skills that can enhance their academic productivity and their sense of well-being. 

Students who are interested in scheduling an appointment for counseling or to use the Relaxation Room can stop by the University Counseling Center for a brief meeting with the Counselor on Duty (COD).  The COD will assist the student with scheduling an appointment and/or provide referrals to community resources if needed. Common concerns addressed in counseling include adjustment to college, maintaining healthy relationships, academic pressures, test anxiety, drug and alcohol concerns, family conflicts, anxiety, depression, and multicultural issues. The Counseling Center is located in the Driftwood Building.  Hours are Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm.  Call 361- 825-2703 or visit our website http://counseling.tamucc.edu for more information.   

University Health Center

The University Health Center, located in Sandpiper Hall, assists students in maintaining optimal health while attending Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Primary emphasis is on preventive health practices, health education, and the promotion of wellness. Primary health care is provided by registered nurses, family nurse practitioners, and a physician for the care of acute illnesses and minor injuries. Chronic health care needs are referred to local community providers and/or the student’s primary care provider. The University Health Center provides a variety of health services such as:

  • Telephone medical information service “Ask-A-Nurse-Line” at 361-825-5735
  • Women’s Health Clinic - Gynecological services
  • Men’s Health Clinic
  • Laboratory testing
  • Pharmacy services
  • Preventive health care and medical resource information - Referrals for community resources
  • Blood pressure screening and monitoring
  • Contraception, sexually transmitted diseases (STD), HIV testing, and counseling
  • Physicals, vision, and hearing screening
  • Substance abuse prevention, assessment, and referral
  • Immunizations and tuberculin skin testing
  • Educational consultations: nutrition, lifestyle, weight management, smoking cessation, and substance abuse
  • Insurance and claim assistance.
Recommended Vaccinations

Students are encouraged to submit immunization records voluntarily in order to assure the availability of a more complete medical record while a student at Texas A38M-Corpus Christi.  Student Health Services strongly recommends that every student, and their family members, review our updated list of immunizations most appropriate for university students. This list of recommended vaccines was compiled by the American College Health Association (ACHA) with assistance from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Bacterial Meningitis
  • In accordance with Texas Senate Bill 1107 (SB 62, effective October 1, 2013), Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) requires all new students under the age of 22 to provide certified proof from a health practitioner that they have received a valid bacterial meningitis vaccination or booster within the last five years.  Students must submit their proof of vaccination or booster to the TAMU-CC Office of Recruitment and Admissions at least 10 days prior to the first day of class for the intended term of enrollment.  Students who fail to submit certified proof of vaccination or a valid booster within the required timeframe will be unable to register for their intended term. Please note, vaccinations older than 5 years will require a booster and all bacterial meningitis vaccinations and boosters must be administered by a health practitioner authorized by law to administer an immunization.
  • For medical questions concerning the meningitis vaccination or booster, students may contact the University Health Center Nurse Line at 361.825.5735.  For questions regarding document submission and approval, students should contact the Office of Recruitment and Admissions at 361.825.2624. 
  • For more details, see http://admissions.tamucc.edu/meningitis.html and Important Facts about Bacterial Meningitis.
TAMU-CC Tuberculosis Policy Requirements

TAMU-CC policy requires tuberculosis (TB) screening for newly admitted international students from countries where there is a high incidence of tuberculosis (as designated by the World Health Organization).  Students with identifiable risk factors for exposure to TB, or for the TB disease, need to be tested and treated as necessary, to be allowed to register for second semester classes.  Before registering for second semester classes, students will be required to provide proof of compliance to the TAMU-CC Health Center.  Detailed information about screening and treatment for tuberculosis can be found at the following website:  http://www.cdc.gov/tb/.

Students will be required to provide proof of compliance to TAMU-CC Health Center before students are allowed to register for second semester.

Health Insurance

In collaboration with the Texas A&M University System, a private insurance plan is available at special rates to students attending A38M-Corpus Christi. All non-insured students are strongly encouraged to consider the benefits of enrolling in a health insurance program. Information brochures regarding this health plan are available in the University Health Center or at http://tamucc.myahpcare.com.

Women’s Center

The Women’s Center for Education and Service has been helping the women of Texas A38M University-Corpus Christi since 1995. The Center works to improve the well-being of the women faculty, staff, and students where they live, work, and learn. The Women’s Center continues the tradition of support, education, and advocacy by creating and sponsoring programs for the University community.

The Women’s Center proactively works to enhance knowledge and awareness of gender issues at Texas A38M University-Corpus Christi by assisting in university efforts to create a diverse, inclusive, and sensitive campus environment. The Center extends education, provides services, and promotes the development of every woman’s potential. It also serves as a safe haven for women to voice their concerns and a support system as they seek equity. The Women’s Center collaborates with the Women’s Shelter of South Texas, the YWCA Corpus Christi, and Planned Parenthood of South Texas. For more information about our programs and services, please refer to our website at: http://healthcenter.tamucc.edu/health services/womens-services.html.

Campus Security Report

Click here to view the university crime log.

Intercollegiate Athletics

After a 25-year absence from athletic competition, Texas A38M University-Corpus Christi has reinstated Intercollegiate Athletics. Implementation of the sports programs began in the fall of 1998 and was completed in the fall of 2001. Additionally, the university became an official NCAA Division I participant in 2002. Athletic teams at A38M-Corpus Christi are known as the “Islanders,” and the official school colors are blue, green, and silver.

Islander Athletics sponsors 14 sports programs: eight women’s sports and six for men. Women’s sports include tennis, golf, basketball, softball, volleyball, cross country, and indoor and outdoor track and field. Men’s sports include tennis, basketball, baseball, cross country, and indoor and outdoor track and field.

In 2006, A38M-Corpus Christi became a full-fledged member of the Southland Conference, an event marking a milestone in the annals of Islander Athletics. Consequently, for the first time in its athletic history, the Islanders can play for regular and post-season conference championships and automatic NCAA Tournament appearances. For more information on Islander Athletics, please call (361) 825-5541.

Office of International Education

The Office of International Education (OIE) was established to support all international students on campus as well the study abroad programs. The OIE serves English as a Second Language International (ESLI) students and those who are enrolled in the university as undergraduate or graduate students. The OIE holds social and informative events for the international population at A38M-Corpus Christi. For more information contact the Office of International Education at (361) 825-3922, visit the office in CCH 126, or visit the website at http://oie.tamucc.edu/.

The OIE invites international and domestic students as well as faculty, staff and community members to participate in all activities organized by and services provided by this office. We promote cross-cultural interactions through educational, social, and cultural programs and facilitate the adjustment of the international students to their new environment.


Study Abroad

Texas A38M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) is committed to providing access to international education opportunities for all students.


TAMU-CC is dedicated to creating an inclusive community and establishing collaborative relationships across cultures. TAMU-CC aspires to enrich and educate without exclusion and foster responsible global citizenship. The Office of International Education (OIE) through Study Abroad Programs (SAP) promotes international learning environments that embrace diversity. The mission of the Study Abroad Programs is to provide a variety of educational experiences abroad, be it through faculty-led programs, reciprocal exchange agreements, independent programs, or by participating in the Texas A38M University System (TAMUS) Study Abroad partnership programs. The TAMUS Transient Study Abroad Programs allow A38M System students to participate in system-wide study abroad programs.


Faculty-led Programs

These programs are credit-bearing, international study-travel courses. They are led by one or more University professors and usually last between one to five weeks. Students travel as a group to one or more international locations, where there is a mix of lectures, exercises, assignments, excursions, cultural encounters, and free time. There are certain programs that are open only to students in a particular college, while others are open to all A38M System students. 


Reciprocal Agreements

A reciprocal exchange involves an agreement between two universities to exchange students. Tuition and fees are paid at the home university while studying at the host university. When a student participates in a reciprocal exchange, the student remains enrolled at the home university, allowing students to receive credit. Proficiency in the language of the host country is required; however, some programs are available in English speaking countries. 


Independent Programs

Students have the option to apply directly to an international university, or apply to an institute or organization, or to a sponsoring U.S. University. Graduate students may conduct research abroad coordinated by a TAMU-CC faculty member.


Funding for Study Abroad Programs

Students who receive federal financial aid for on-campus study may use their aid for study abroad. Financial Aid counselors work with each individual student to ascertain their eligibility and give students accurate information. The University also offers the International Education Scholarship to all students meeting the general requirements. There are prestigious national grants and scholarships specifically for study abroad including Boren Awards for International Study, Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Gilman International Scholarship, and Fulbright Scholarship. 


How to get involved

For information and applications for faculty-led, reciprocal exchange, independent programs, study abroad scholarships, please visit the Study Abroad Programs website http://oie.tamucc.edu/sap.php. For more information, please contact:


Texas A38M University-Corpus Christi

Study Abroad Programs

Corpus Christi Hall 126-B

Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5780

(361) 825-2789

Fax (361) 825-2223


Alumni Relations Office

The Texas A38M University-Corpus Christi Alumni Association exists to strengthen and promote the interests and welfare of A38M-Corpus Christi through the lifelong commitment and support of its alumni and friends. Through a variety of actions, events, services and communications, the Association promotes positive interaction between the University and its alumni.

The Alumni Association considers as members all graduates from this institution during its history, whether as the University of Corpus Christi, Texas A38M University at Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi State University and Texas A38M University-Corpus Christi. Active membership is granted to individuals who donate to the University’s Islander Fund Campaign. Gifts to the Annual Fund enhance the current academic programs on campus.

Alumni Association members receive several benefits, including membership in Islander clubs, subscription to the Islander magazine, participation in Alumni Association affinity programs, and access to an interactive alumni Web site.

All members of the Alumni Association are encouraged to submit updated information about their personal and professional lives as well as address and phone number corrections. Updated information allows the Alumni Association to keep in contact with its members.

The Alumni Association assists the Student Foundation Association, a student group dedicated to building strong future alumni through a variety of special events and projects. The Student Foundation Association sponsors the Walk of Recognition, and Islander Revue. Funds raised from these projects go toward building the Leadership Scholarship Endowment.

For additional information about the Alumni Association or alumni matters, contact the Alumni Office at (361) 825-5787, visit the Alumni Office in the Lee Alumni Welcome Center, or go to the Alumni Association’s Web site at www.islandernetwork.com. The Alumni Office’s toll free number is (877) 482-6822 or (877) 4-TAMU-CC. To update address or telephone records, call the Advancement Services Office at (361) 825-2420 or go to the above Web site. Students who are interested in joining the Student Foundation Association should call (361) 825- 5558.

Community Outreach

Texas A38M University-Corpus Christi is committed to meeting the life-long educational needs of citizens throughout South Texas. The mission of Community Outreach is to educate and serve the community by extending A38M-Corpus Christi beyond the campus.


Community Outreach accomplishes its mission by providing a wide variety of services to a diverse group of citizens and organizations. It offers continuing education, professional development, personal enrichment, test preparation, business assistance, custom training, conference and event management, and youth programs. Through the Pollution Prevention Partnership, Community Outreach delivers nationally recognized environmental education and outreach programs, including compliance assistance, health research, vehicle emissions monitoring, teacher education, and community education.


Community Outreach also supports A38M-Corpus Christi’s service mission by facilitating community engagement activities where faculty and students assist non-profits, government agencies, businesses, and other organizations.

To increase available resources, Community Outreach maintains cooperative relationships with other institutions and agencies of The Texas A38M University System, as well as a wide variety of community service organizations.

Additional information on specific Outreach programs is available at outreach.tamucc.edu.