The Honors currriculum introduces students to the academic life and various disciplines at the university, and helps them to develop an understanding of the research process as it is carried out within and across scholarly disciplines.
Freshman Year Fall Semester:
Both of these courses satisfy the Newcomb-Tulane College TIDES requirement.
COLQ 1010, Honors Great Books Colloquium: “How Should One Live?”
The Honors traditional great-books seminar, in which students and faculty instructors discuss major works of literature and philosophy that address questions fundamental to the human experience. Meets twice a week.
COLQ 1020/1025, Honors Colloquium: “Ways to Know.”
This course seeks to introduce students to the intellectual landscape of the university in two ways. On Monday afternoon, all students attend together informal lectures by prominent faculty from across the academic disciplines, in order to learn more about research at Tulane and what it means to “know” something — to conduct scholarship -- in fields as diverse as Biomedical Engineering, History, and Studio Art, among others. Students will also meet in smaller discussion sections, led by members of the faculty, in order to discuss readings on multidisciplinary problems or issues chosen by the faculty members. (See separate list of faculty-led discussion sections, which change yearly.)
Freshman Year Spring Semester:
COLQ 1030, “The Quest for Answers: Intro to Research Methods.”
This seminar seeks to help students develop an understanding of the research process as it is carried out within and across scholarly disciplines, as well as the broad ethical implications of academic scholarship. Coursework involves readings on theoretical issues in academic scholarship as well as exercises and activities designed to help students identify areas of personal interest for future research and familiarize themselves with campus resources that facilitate undergraduate research.
Available in both the Fall or the Spring semester:
COLQ 2010. Quest for Research Workshop.
This seminar continues the discussions begun in the Freshman year, but now geared directly towards helping students develop — with faculty advice — their own scholarly and research directions. Special attention is paid to the connections between research plans and Study Abroad opportunities, as well as the links of those opportunities to post-graduate plans, including Fulbright and other scholarships, and Graduate School applications.
Other requirements in the sophomore year:
DIY Lecture Series in both semesters
Residence in Weatherhead (strongly recommended)
COLQ 4013. Honors Thesis Boot Camp: A Workshop to Develop your Honors Thesis Prospectus (Offered every Spring semester.)
This workshop is designed to help honors students prepare for the thesis they will write during their senior year, and to take best advantage of the resources available at Tulane. The honors thesis is an opportunity to do original research on a topic of the student’s choosing and to write an outstanding thesis that best displays one’s skills in investigation, critical thinking, and communication.
All students participating in the Honors Program are expected to write a thesis for scholarly honors in their major or majors.