Mar 08, 2021  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic and Student Services

Academic Support Services

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi provides a variety of academic support services that complement the academic programs and help students reach their educational goals.

Office of Academic Testing

The Office of Academic Testing provides testing services for students and the community. Some of the exams administered include the GRE subject exam, CLEP, THEA, and correspondence exams. For information on TExES examinations, see the “College of Education and Human Development ” section of the catalog. Additional information regarding Academic Testing services available on the Academic Testing website.

Center for Academic Student Achievement

The Center for Academic Student Achievement (CASA) is committed to providing academic support services to help students reach their own educational goals and succeed in the university environment. CASA programs are designed to improve the retention and graduation rates of university students. Students are encouraged to contact the Center for Academic Student Achievement, located in the Glasscock Student Success Center. Additional information is available through the CASA website.

CASA Services

CASA’s primary service is tutoring in various subjects, including writing, and graduate students may receive assistance from CASA writing consultants. CASA services are free and available to all A&M University-Corpus Christi students. In order to receive tutoring in a subject, a student must be enrolled at A&M University-Corpus Christi. The writing consultants strongly encourage students to make appointments to ensure sufficient time for a session. For more information, visit the CASA website.

The Writing Center

The CASA Writing Center supports the writing process of all University writers, from freshmen through graduate students. The Writing Center offers face-to-face and online writing consultations, as well as faculty-requested writing workshops. Though the Writing Center accepts walk-in sessions based on consultant availability, those seeking assistance are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment. Most sessions are thirty (30) minutes in length for undergraduate writers. Graduate writers may schedule hour-long standing sessions. Graduate students seeking hour-long standing appointments can contact the Writing Center Director at 825-5933.

Mary and Jeff Bell Library

For information on library resources and services, see “Mary and Jeff Bell Library ” elsewhere in the catalog.

Computing Resources

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

Academic Accommodations for Students With Disabilities

Disability Services arranges academic accommodations for persons with permanent disabilities. For more information, see “Disability Services” elsewhere in the catalog.

Academic Support for Graduate Teaching Assistants

Courses for Teaching Assistants

The College of Liberal Arts/First Year Learning Communities Program offers a summer workshop to prepare graduate teaching assistants for teaching first year seminar courses. The college also offers ENGL 5392  (Practicum for Composition Instructors), which focuses specifically on preparing English Teaching Assistants.

The College of Science and Engineering offers SMTE 5004  (Seminar for Teaching Assistants), which prepares graduate teaching assistants in the sciences for classroom responsibilities.

Faculty Renaissance Center

The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) promotes professional growth and development for the faculty at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. CFE activities, such as workshops, are open to graduate teaching assistants who teach composition courses, First-Year Seminars, science labs, or any for-credit courses.

Student Services

Division of Student Engagement and Success

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

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, visit the Division of Student Engagement and Success website. The Division of Student Engagement and Sucess 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 employment and careers. The following services are available:

  • Career counseling, computer-assisted assessment, and vocational guidance. Students may meet with a career counselor to explore interests and values, with a view toward choosing a career.
  • Job search and graduate school advisement.
  • Student employment services: assistance in finding on- or off-campus employment.
  • On-line job listings via Career Services website.
  • Volunteer opportunities listing.
  • On-campus recruiting and Job Fairs throughout the year targeted at various 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. Visit the Career Services website for additional information.

Chancellor’s Student Advisory Board (CSAB)

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


Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi offers assistance to students seeking housing while pursuing their studies. On-campus accommodations may be available on a limited basis. The University can assist students in locating off-campus housing.

Additional information about housing is available through the Housing website.

Transportation Services

Any student may ride the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) buses free of charge by showing their University Sandollar ID card. Bus route information, is available at the RTA website. Contact the Office of Student Affairs at (361) 825-2612 for additional information or to express concerns regarding the service.

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. The Student Code of Conduct is available from the Judicial Affairs website.

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. The Judicial Branch is appointed by the SGA President and approved by the Student Senate. For more information visit the SGA website.

Recreational Sports

The Recreational Sports program provides the University community with facilities, equipment, and opportunities for participation in a wide variety of sports and recreational activities. 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), multipurpose group exercise rooms, and offices for the Recreational Sports Department and Intercollegiate Athletics Department.

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. The Recreational Sports Department conducts or facilitates training for all positions. The Recreational Sports Department Office is located in the Room 107 of the Wellness Center. For more information, visit the Recreational Sports website.

University Center and Student Activities (UCSA)

The University Center and Student Activities (UCSA) Department provides 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. Additional information is available on the USCA website.

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

Greek Life

Fraternities and sororities are value-driven student organizations based on brother/sisterhood, leadership, service and academic success. The Greek Life community strives to enhance the college experience and complement the mission of the university through engagement, service, scholarship, diversity and leadership. The community strives to maintain a respectful and unified environment where members and their organizations can positively develop into responsible global citizens. For more information visit the Greek Life website. 

Islander Cultural Alliance (ICA) & Multicultural Programs

The Islander Cultural Alliance (ICA) is a student organization that organizes and promotes multicultural programs on campus. It is also a place where individuality is encouraged and differences are respected.  It focuses on creating an inclusive campus environment through cultural awareness and education.

ICA events celebrate 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 visit ICA website.

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. For more information visit UCSO website.

Waves of Welcome (WOW)

Waves of Welcome (WOW) is designed to help students become familiar with A&M-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 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, visit WOW website.

Disability Services

Texas A&M 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 call (361) 825-5816 or visit the DS website at

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. For additional information, visit the DS website. 

University Health Center

The University Health Center, located in Sandpiper Hall, assists students in maintaining optimal health while attending A&M-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 361-825-2601
  • 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 Immunizations

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 A&M-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). See Recommended Immunizations.  

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 time frame 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 Office of Recruitment and Admissions 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 CDC website.

Health Insurance

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

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

Founded in 2005, the Graduate Student Association’s mission is to promote academic diversity and interdisciplinary excellence by providing effective and active representation for the graduate students of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The GSA goals include encouraging academic and professional development, and promoting the graduate culture at the University. For more information, visit the website at

Intercollegiate Athletics

After a 25-year absence from athletic competition, Texas A&M 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 A&M-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, A&M-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, call (361) 825- 5541 or visit the website B_OEM_ID=14100&DB_LANG=&IN_SUBSCRIBER_CONTENT=.

Campus Security Report

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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 A&M-Corpus Christi. For more information contact the Office of International Education at (361) 825-3922 or visit the website at

The OIE organizes and assists student with Study Abroad opportunities and supports faculty interested in developing faculty led programs. For information regarding studying abroad contact the Office of International Education at (361) 825-2789 located at CCH 126 or visit the website at

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 A&M 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 A&M University System (TAMUS) Study Abroad partnership programs. The TAMUS Transient Study Abroad Programs allow A&M 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 A&M 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 For more information, please contact:


Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Study Abroad Programs

Corpus Christi Hall 126-B

Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5780

(361) 825-2789

Fax (361) 825-2223

Other Offices

Alumni Relations Office

The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Alumni Association exists to strengthen and promote the interests and welfare of A&M-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 A&M University at Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi State University and Texas A&M 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 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 A&M 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 A&M-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, business assistance, 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 A&M-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 A&M University System, as well as a wide variety of community service organizations.

Additional information on specific Outreach programs is available at