New students admitted to Tulane by the Office of Admission as Honors Scholars will have demonstrated themselves to be intellectual leaders and innovators in their high schools. They are highly curious, seek challenges, and show a desire to engage in rigorous thought that leads to extraordinary insights and ideas. The first year is about discovery - as a thought leader, intellectual community member, and innovator on campus and, eventually, in the world.
To support these pursuits, Honors Scholars have programs available to help them explore their majors, research interests, career paths, and academic opportunities on campus. Scholars will engage with faculty, researchers, and fellow student scholars as mentors. At the end of their first year, scholars will be ready to embark on a self-designed academic and intellectual journey that takes advantage of the many opportunities Tulane's status as an elite research institution offers.
None of the programming options are required. Instead, we encourage our Honors Scholars to self-select into the honors opportunities that are most important to them. Opportunities for engagement as an Honors Scholar are below.
Honors Scholars will be welcomed to Tulane through focused tracks in New Student Orientation and Fall Welcome. These experiences will introduce honors students to one another and to the opportunities available during their first year and beyond. Programming focuses on introducing students to campus resources, the New Orleans community, and one another.
Review information on New Student Orientation for the Class of 2025. The Honors Scholar track will be posted during Summer 2021.
Honors Scholars can choose from an array of first-year seminars, called Colloquia, or from the long list of TIDES classes to explore a topic they are interested in learning about. Colloquia serve as the foundation to learning as a high achieving student at Tulane. Additionally, the Great Books course is available for those students interested in critical and reflective thinking through the discussion of literary works with enduring value.
Review the fall Colloquia offerings and their descriptions.
The Honors Residential Learning Community, housed in Wall Residence Hall, embraces the ideal of scholarly engagement as a goal for all high-achieving students. Students are immersed in a collaborative, intellectual, and close-knit social community with a focus on academic enrichment and excellence. Honors Scholars have the option of applying to Wall Residence Hall if they are interested in a housing environment that surrounds them with their high achieving peers. Applications to Wall Residence Hall open in March.
Visit the Wall Residence Hall website for more information.
A highlight of the first-year honors programming is the opportunity to make a lasting connection with a faculty member by engaging in Scholar Societies. These faculty-led groups, each of which has a specific theme or area of focus, help foster community among students and create the opportunity for informal interactions between faculty members and students. Society Faculty engage with honors students through meals, off-campus field trips, on-campus events, and themed discussions. Through the societies, students are able to explore local and regional issues relevant to the New Orleans community, introduce students to opportunities for innovation in the local community, and brainstorm what intellectual leadership might look like in a particular discipline.
Programming is offered to help Honors Scholars establish an academic foundation. Experiences prompt students to plan for their second year and beyond as they consider their scholarly focus. Programming is classified under one of the following categories, focused on creating a personal intellectual journey:
In their second year, NTC programs for high-achieving students will help students find their intellectual paths. Using the knowledge and experience they gained as Honors Scholars in the first year, students will not only choose their major(s) and minor(s), but upperclassmen will have a variety of opportunities from which to choose to develop their skills and foundations of knowledge, demonstrate their accomplishments, and discern who they are and the lives they want to lead during and after their career at Tulane.
The various paths from which students may choose include, but are not limited to:
College Scholars cohorts are small groups of 8-10 sophomores, led by a faculty principal, focused on big questions and important problems. These groups are designed to give intellectual leaders in their second year the chance to work collaboratively with one another and one our amazing faculty members. Cohort groups and their faculty principals will attend an overnight retreat in Fall to build an intellectual community. The themes for 2021-2022 are:
Newcomb-Tulane College offers a variety of opportunities for academic student leadership, for peers to engage with and advise their fellow students, as well as to create and share intellectual values and community.
Many high-achieving students are interested in conducting their own primary research and/or working with faculty on a research project. NTC offers workshops and curriculum that boost students’ research skills, and maintain a platform to match students with faculty who have openings in their labs or on their projects. NTC’s office of Academic Enrichment also runs a monthly cycle of grant opportunities for undergraduates to use for data collection, travel, research equipment, and other expenses. Finally, this office and the Center for Academic Equity offer a variety of research opportunities during the summer.
For students interested in focusing on research, we recommend registering for COLQ 2010: Quest for Answers: Research Workshop (1.5 credits). The following sections will be offered during fall 2020:
COLQ 2010-01: Dr. James Huck
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.
COLQ 2010-02: Dr. John Howard
This hybrid seminar/workshop seeks to help students develop an understanding of the intellectual and moral landscapes of academic research. It also helps students develop an understanding of different research processes as they are carried out within and across scholarly disciplines, as well as broader ethical issues concerning the effects of academic scholarship and research on various academic, social, and political communities. Coursework involves readings on philosophical and moral issues in academic research as well as exercises and activities designed to help students identify areas of interest for future research and responsible innovation in their fields. Students are encouraged to work in engaged and collaborative ways, to discover mutually supporting connections across disciplinary boundaries, and to create shared projects and intellectual lifeways that are equitable, inclusive, and responsible.
COLQ 2010-03: Dr. Jordan Karubian & Dr. Renata Ribeiro
In the past year alone, they have watched fires burn out of control, weathered an unprecedented number of named storms in the Atlantic, sweated through the warmest year on record, and seen global society upended by a virus that jumped from wild animals to humans. To operate effectively in this rapidly changing world – and to make a positive impact – requires an interdisciplinary approach. Throughout this course, students will have an opportunity to examine an interest related to the nexus of human society and the environment, through the lens of an award-winning Tulane research and conservation program based in Ecuador. Students will develop a foundation of knowledge and build confidence in this arena, while exploring the relationship between a person and environmental research and change-making across a range of disciplines. They will explore this relationship of identity and work in their own lives, in the lives of alumni who have pursued research and creative work as undergraduates, and in the lives of faculty. Students will also examine ways to effectively communicate and present their research and potential research questions to various audiences (within and outside of the academic community); and demonstrate the importance of research for policy and practice. While the workshop can provide space to explore preliminary ideas for the honors thesis, it is also a space for open exploration related to the intersection of human society and the environment.
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors can elect to live in residence halls with other students who share similar academic values, study habits, and desire to dive deeper into their coursework at Tulane. These residential communities offer students the opportunity to extend classroom discussion and exploration of interdisciplinary ideas into social time outside of class. Several residence halls offer Faculty-in-Residence, who present regular programming and family interaction for interested students.
The Sophomore Retreat offers a day (and possibly overnight!) of reflection and goalsetting for new sophomores as they begin their second year at Tulane. Students who attend the sophomore retreat participate in guided activities to discern their core values, academic interests, and career goals. Students receive helpful information about campus resources, and learn about other sophomore events throughout the academic year.
Celebrate being halfway to graduation and your commitment to your academic endeavors with the Sophomore Declaration Celebration. Give gratitude to a faculty or staff member who made a difference in your first two years at Tulane. Receive your class pin, your first piece of commencement regalia, to be worn on your robe or stole when you walk across the stage.