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.
Please visit the Schedule of Classes for complete course listings by semester.
Note: The course options will change for the incoming 2021 cohort. In 2021 and beyond, Honors Scholars should enroll in either COLQ 1010 or COLQ 1020 in their first semester. The other options listed below will be optional for those entering Tulane in 2021 or later.
First Year- Fall Semester:
All students invited by the Office of Admission to join the Honors Program accept the offer by enrolling in ONE of the Fall semester courses. 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)
Continuing Honors students are not required but strongly encouraged to take COLQ 2010 in either the Fall or Spring semester of sophomore year. Students entering the Honors Program as sophomores are expected to complete COLQ 2010 in either the Fall or Spring semester of sophomore year.
COLQ 2010. Quest for Answers: Research Workshop (1.5 credits)
In this workshop-based seminar, students work closely with faculty and with each other to develop their own scholarly and research directions. Through readings, reflection, and hands-on activities, students explore the intersections between personal identity and scholarly work while also building their research skills and their oral and written communication skills. By interviewing faculty and recent Honors alumni, students learn how the research experience adds depth and value to life both within and beyond the academic setting. Students are also introduced to funding opportunities at Tulane and outside of Tulane in the form of nationally competitive scholarships.
Students writing an Honors Thesis are strongly encouraged to take COLQ 4013.
COLQ 4013. Honors Thesis Boot Camp: A Workshop to Develop your Honors Thesis Prospectus (1 credit, 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 encouraged 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 be in 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.)