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The Honors curriculum 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:

Students will take one of the following courses at the start of their Tulane career. All three of these courses satisfy the Newcomb-Tulane College TIDES requirement.

COLQ 1010, Honors Great Books Colloquium: “How Should One Live?” 3 Credits.
 - 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, Honors Colloquium: “Ways to Know” Faculty-led Seminars 1.5 credits

TIDB 1010 or TIDB 1020, Honors Business TIDES, 1.5 credits

Freshman Year Spring Semester:

In Spring semester, students continuing to participate in the Honors Program will take one of the following cources.

COLQ 1030, “The Quest for Answers: Intro to Research Methods.” 1.5 Credits.
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.

TIDB 1110, Honors Business TIDES 1.5 credits

Sophomore Year:

Students are not required but strongly encourage to take COLQ 2010 either in the Fall or the Spring semester of Sophomore Year:

COLQ 2010. Quest for Research Workshop. 1.5 Credits.
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.

Junior Year:

Students writing an Honors Thesis, especially in Liberal Arts, are strongly encouraged to take COLQ 4013 Spring semester of their Junior Year. 

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.

Senior Year:

All students participating in the Honors Program are expected to write a thesis for scholarly honors in their major or majors. Honors Thesis courses are registered in the student's major department(s).
(Students are NOT required to complete the Honors Program in order to write a thesis. For more information on the thesis, click on the Honors Thesis tab and explore the links and pages given.)