The School of Liberal Arts

Mailing Address

School of Liberal Arts
104 Newcomb Hall
Tulane University New Orleans, LA 70118

Telephone Numbers

Phone: (504) 865-5225
Fax: (504) 865-5224

Carole Haber
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Requirements For Students in the School of Liberal Arts

A liberal arts education helps students develop and improve necessary skills of critical thought and analysis, while learning to express complex analytical arguments clearly, concisely, and coherently in written prose and oral presentations. The essence of a liberal arts education is that it combines both breadth and depth. Breadth assures that students have a basic exposure to the diverse subjects of the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, with their distinctive ways of defining issues, thinking about problems, assessing evidence and reaching conclusions. Breadth also ensures that students have some understanding of the fine arts and how such works might be understood. Depth requires students to gain a deeper understanding of a discipline and its modes of thought, with all the subtleties and complexities that this entails, while learning how difficult it is to attain anything approaching true mastery.

Students completing a BA or BFA degree in the School of Liberal Arts must complete a minimum of 120 credits, 66 of which are above the 100 level with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.000 and a major GPA of at least 2.000.

Students completing majors in Anthropology, Economics, or Linguistics may elect to complete a BS or BA degree. For information on the BS requirements, consult the relevant departmental section of this catalog.

The Faculty of the School of Liberal Arts believes that to achieve a breadth appropriate to the goals of the liberal arts education, students need to go beyond the requirements of the general core curriculum. Therefore, students in the School of Liberal Arts must enhance the general core with courses in the following areas:

Foreign Language Requirement

The Liberal Arts Faculty believes that in an era of globalization when people of all nations are increasingly mixing, doing business with each other, and needing to understand foreign cultures, students should strive to achieve real proficiency in a foreign language. As a step toward that goal, all students receive language instruction at the college level. Minimally, students demonstrate basic proficiency by passing a foreign language course at Tulane at the 203 level or above. Students who demonstrate proficiency at the 203 level upon arrival at Tulane must satisfy the foreign language requirement by taking a higher level course in that same language. Students may not satisfy this requirement on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Writing Intensive Requirement

Writing is the most important skill that students master in a liberal arts education. In order to ensure a high level of writing proficiency by graduation, all students in the School of Liberal Arts take one approved writing-intensive course beyond the writing proficiency requirement of the general core. Students in writing-intensive courses submit at least 20 pages of writing for a grade and rewrite one or more whole assignments totaling at least 10 pages in response to criticisms and comments by the instructor. Students may satisfy this requirement by taking one course designated as “writing-intensive” in the course schedule or, with the approval of the instructor and the Committee on Undergraduate Academic Requirements of the School of Liberal Arts, by taking a course that does not carry the “writing-intensive” designation but that fits the criteria of the requirement. Students are encouraged to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement with a course in their major, such as an upper-level seminar, a qualifying capstone course, or a senior honors thesis. Students may not satisfy this requirement on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Distribution Requirements

In order to achieve the minimal breadth that the faculty deems appropriate to a liberal arts education, all students in the School of Liberal Arts must take the following courses in addition to those required by the general core:

Humanities and Fine Arts: One additional course in either the Humanities or the Fine Arts, beyond the two required by the general core. Students must assure that at least one of the three courses is a Humanities course and at least one is a Fine Arts course.

Social Sciences: One additional course in the Social Sciences, beyond the two required by the general core. Students must assure that the three courses are not all from the same Social Science department or program.

Science and Mathematics: The faculty of the School of Liberal Arts believes that an adequate exposure to mathematics and science is central to the goal of breadth in a liberal arts education. Therefore, Liberal Arts students must take one additional course in science or mathematics, beyond the quantitative reasoning requirement, the lab science requirement, and the math-science core requirement.

Service Learning

Courses that offer a service learning experience are available through various departments. In service learning, the student completes a community service activity that is tied closely to the academic content of the course. Some courses will require a service activity of 20 to 40 hours; others will offer students the option of an extra course credit for completing 40 hours of community service and an extra paper or project. Students complete a reflection component, such as a weekly journal or regular discussions of their community service experiences. Community sites for service learning include city schools, nursing homes, medical facilities, and other service and treatment centers. In the School of Liberal Arts, students may apply a maximum of two credits of service learning toward their degree. More information can be obtained from the Center for Public Service at

Major Component

A major field of study gives each student the opportunity to explore a single area of inquiry in depth and to gain the self-confidence derived from mastery of a subject. Major programs are listed below and must be selected no later than the beginning of a student’s fourth semester of college study. Students may elect to complete more than one major. They must complete all courses for each major and a total of at least 18 different courses in the two majors. Students declaring a second major must submit their programs of study to the associate dean for approval. At least half of the course work required for majors must be completed at Tulane University.

Major Programs

African and African Diaspora Latin
Studies Latin American Studies
American Studies Linguistics
Anthropology Literature
Art History Mathematical Economics
Art Studio Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Classical Studies Music
Communication Music, Science, and Technology
Dance Musical Composition
Economics Musical Performance
English Musical Theatre
Environmental Studies Philosophy
Film Studies Political Economy
French Political Science
German Portuguese
Greek Religious Studies
History Russian
Italian Spanish
Italian Studies
Jazz Studies Women's Studies
Jewish Studies

Coordinate Majors Programs

Some coordinate major programs also are available. These interdepartmental majors require that a major from the preceding list also be completed. Students must complete all courses for each major and a total of at least 18 different courses in the two majors.

Asian Studies International Development
Cognitive Studies Social Policy and Practice
Digital Media Production

Self Designed Majors

A student with a 3.000 cumulative grade-point average may construct a major program by grouping courses from different academic departments. Such self-designed majors must include at least 10 courses, more than half of which must be at the 300 level or above; no more than two courses below the 300 level may be taken in any one department. A student wishing approval of a self-designed major must prepare a proposal including the title of the major, courses, rationale, and appropriate departmental approval. This proposal must be submitted for review to the school’s Committee on Undergraduate Academic Requirements before the end of the student’s sixth semester. As these proposals often require revision and resubmission, they should be submitted earlier than this deadline.

Minor Component

The liberal arts and sciences colleges allow students to complete one or two minors. The minor is optional and designed to give structure to the study of a secondary field of interest chosen by the student. Students must complete at least 24 credits in the major that do not overlap with the minor. Students who elect to complete the requirements for a minor must earn a grade point average of at least 2.000 in courses counting toward that minor. No courses counting toward the student’s first minor will count toward the student’s second minor.

Individual departments may have additional restrictions on major-minor overlap. Students should consult the department listings for additional information.

Minor Programs

African and African Diaspora Italian Studies
Studies Jewish Studies
Ancient Culture Latin
Art History Latin American Studies
Art Studio Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Brazilian Studies Music
Cultural Studies Music, Science, and Technology
Dance Philosophy
Economics Political Science
English Portuguese
Film Studies Religious Studies
French Russian
German Spanish
Greek Theatre
History Urban Studies
International Development Women's Studies


Some departments offer internships for academic credit as part of the major. An internship combines a relevant academic component with experiential learning. The academic component may, for example, consist of a term paper, a number of short papers, or discussions of a number of books. Internships ordinarily are open only to those students completing a major in the department that will award the credit. Students participating in internships register for Internship Studies (course numbers 456, 457) within the appropriate department after having made initial arrangements with a professor who will sponsor the internship. Registration is completed in the academic department sponsoring the internship on TOUR. A student may not take a salaried position outside the university while earning credit for an internship, except where such an arrangement is required by the cooperating organization for insurance purposes. If a student must take a salaried position for this reason, a letter to this effect from the cooperating organization must be filed with the chair of the sponsoring department prior to the end of the add period.

Only one internship may be completed each semester. Students may earn a maximum of six credits for internships. The sponsoring professor will assign a grade for the internship at the close of the semester after evaluating its academic and experiential aspects. Internships offered through departments in the School of Liberal Arts are open only to juniors and seniors in good standing.

An alternative internship experience is offered to students through the office of the Dean of Newcomb-Tulane College. This internship was created to accommodate students seeking internships with organizations requiring that interns earn credit for their experience. INTR 199 carries one credit, which will apply toward the degree but will not apply toward any proficiency, distribution,major, or minor requirement. Only one credit of INTR 199 may be applied toward the degree. INTR 199 must be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) basis and will count as one of the ten allowable (S/U) credits. Students who have completed fewer than 30 credits may not register for this course. Students desiring to register for INTR 199 must receive approval from the associate dean of Newcomb-Tulane College.

The School of Liberal Arts Academic Awards

The Ann Royal Arthur Memorial Award in German was established in 1987 in memory of Professor Ann Arthur of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages. It is awarded to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to the study of German.

The Sidney Beyer Prize for Excellence in American History was established in 1976 by Joel Beyer in memory of his father and is awarded to a superior student of American History.

The Purvis E. Boyette Memorial Freshman Essay Award was established in 1988 in memory of Professor Purvis E. Boyette of the Department of English.

The Brazilian-American Cultural Institute Award for Excellence in Portuguese is given by the Portuguese government, on recommendation of the faculty, to a student who has excelled in the study of Portuguese.

The Glendy Burke Medal was established in 1848 by Glendy Burke. This awarded for excellence in the field of speech.

The Class of 1914 Prize in Art was established in 1918 by the Art Class of 1914 and is awarded for the best portfolio of drawings of animals.

The Department of Classical Studies Prize in Ancient Religion.

The Classical Studies Prize awarded for excellence in Latin, Greek, or the study of ancient history, culture or archaeology.

The Premio Clavileno is awarded for excellence in Spanish.

The Alice Raymond Scudder Coates Scholarship in Art is awarded to either a student in any area of concentration in art.

The Rusty Collier Memorial Award in Studio Art is awarded to an art major.

The Charles Till Davis Prize for Excellence in European History.

The Charles E. Dunbar, Jr. Fellowships in Political Science are awarded each year to two political science majors who have demonstrated academic excellence and an interest in public affairs.

The Marjorie Clark Ferguson Memorial Award in Painting.

The France-Amerique Award is given for exceptional achievement in the study of the French language.

The French Government Prize is given by the French government, on recommendation of the faculty, to a student who has excelled in the study of French.

The German Government Prize is given by the German government, on recommendation of the faculty, for excellence in German.

The Juanita Gonzalez Prize in Ceramics is awarded to the outstanding undergraduate ceramist in the Department of Art.

The Bodo Gotzkowsky Award for Research and Travel in Germany.

The Shirley Weil Greengus Memorial Award for Achievement in Political Science is awarded to the senior majoring in political science who has the highest scholastic average in the major.

The Ruth G. Hanaw Prize in Drawing is awarded to a freshman art student who shows outstanding ability in drawing.

The Henry Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the study of French.

The Jose Hernandez Award in Spanish-American Literature, established in 1985, is awarded to a graduating senior for excellence in Hispanic studies. The student must have excelled in at least one advanced course in Spanish-American literature.

The Anne Butler Hess Award, established in 1964 by Mrs. Robert D. Hess in memory of her daughter, is awarded to the graduating senior who has shown the greatest proficiency in philosophy.

The Italian Government Prize is given by the Italian government, on recommendation of the faculty, to a student who has excelled in the study of Italian.

The Japan-Tulane Friendship Award was established in 1987 by Jack Aron and Japan Air Lines for the best dissertation, thesis, or research paper on Japanese affairs.

The T. Krumpelmann Award for Achievement in German.

The Ephraim Lisitzky Memorial Award, established in 1989, is granted to a student of exceptional achievement in the study of Hebrew language and Jewish history, culture, and religion.

The Dan W. Mullin Memorial Award, established in 1970 by Mr. Albert Salzer, is awarded for excellence in technical theater production.

The Charles H. Murphy Prize in Political Economy was established by the Murphy Institute to recognize an outstanding student majoring in political economy.

The Mary L. S. Neill Prize is awarded for excellence in watercolor painting by a student in the Department of Art on recommendation of the faculty.

The Ashton Phelps Award in Communication Studies is given on recommendation of the faculty for excellence in communication studies.

The Pi Sigma Alpha Award, established in 1963 by the Tulane chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, is awarded annually to the senior who has done most to stimulate scholarship and intelligent interest in the subject of government.

The Russian Book Prize is presented by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages for excellence in Russian.

The Henry Stern Prize in Art History is awarded to the student who produces the best paper in the field of art history.

Social and Policy Practice

Office: 219 Newcomb Hall
Phone: 504-865-5730
Fax: 504-862-3040

Program Administrator

Fred Buttell, Social Work (Director)

Faculty Associates

Tom Langston, Political Science
Jonathan Pritchett, Economics
Loretta Pyles, Social Work
Enrique Varela, Psychology

Mathematical Economics

Office: 206 Tilton Hall
Phone: 504-865-5321
Fax: 504-865-5869

Program Director

John Edwards, Economics

African and African Diaspora Studies

Office: 105 F. Edward Hebert Hall
Phone: 504-862-3550
Fax: 504-862-8677

Program Administrator
Felipe Smith, English (Director)
Faculty Associates
Rosanne Adderley, History
Jane Carter, Classical Studies
Michael Cunningham, African and African Diaspora Studies, Psychology
Gaurav Desai, African and African Diaspora Studies, English
Raymond Diamond, Law School
Joel Dinerstein, English
Christopher Dunn, African and African Diaspora Studies, Spanish and Portuguese
Pamela Franco, Art History
Shayne Lee, Sociology
Nghana Lewis, English
Sangeetha Madhavan, Sociology
Rebecca Mark, English
Adeline Masquelier, Anthropology
Marilyn Miller, Spanish
Elizabeth McMahon, History
Supriya Nair, English
Olanike-Ola Orie, Anthropology
Stacy Overstreet, Psychology
Lawrence Powell, History
Randy Sparks, History
N. Frank Ukadike, African and African Diaspora Studies, Communication
Richard Watts, French and Italian
Justin Wolfe, History

The program in African and African Diaspora studies offers students an interdisciplinary course of study that may lead to either a major or a minor. Both the major and the minor are designed to enable students a considerable degree of freedom in the choice of electives, and they both offer ample avenues for students interested in pursuing independent research and/or internship experiences. The program is particularly interested in encouraging the study of less commonly taught languages such as Yoruba, Kiswahili, Arabic, and Haitian Creole. The program also encourages student to pursue study abroad opportunities in Africa and its Diaspora and advises them in all matters pertaining to such study. The option to write an honors thesis is available to students who are in the University’s Honors Program as well as to those who seek honors with the ADST program.

Programs Offered

African and African Diaspora Studies

American Studies

Office: 207 Norman Mayer
Phone: 504-865-5160
Fax: 504-862-8958
Program Administrator
Rachel Devlin, History (Director)
Affiliated faculty have homes in the following schools and departments:
Latin American Studies
Political Science

Programs Offered

American Studies Courses


Office: 021 Audubon St.
Phone: 504-865-5336
Fax: 504-865-5338
E. Wyllys Andrews V, Ph.D., Tulane
William Balée, Ph.D., Columbia
Dan M. Healan, Ph.D., Missouri
Robert M. Hill, II, Ph.D., Pennsylvania
Adeline M. Masquelier, Ph.D., Chicago
Judith M. Maxwell, PhD, Chicago
Associate Professors
Trenton W. Holliday, Ph.D., New Mexico
Olanike-Ola Orie, Ph.D., British Columbia
John W. Verano, Ph.D., California, Los Angeles (chair)
Shanshan Du, PhD, Illinois
Assistant Professors
Katharine M. Jack, Ph.D., Alberta
Grant McCall, Ph.D., Iowa
Katherine R. Nelson, Ph.D., Southern Methodist
Christopher B. Rodning, PhD, UNC-Chapel Hill
Allison J. Truitt, PhD, Cornell
Visiting Assistant Professor
Aline Manoni, Ph.D., Tulane University
Postdoctoral Fellow
Markus Eberl, Ph.D., Tulane University
Emeritus Professors
Harvey M. Bricker, Ph.D., Harvard
Victoria R. Bricker, Ph.D., Harvard

Programs Offered

Anthropology Courses


Office: 202 Newcomb Art Building, Woldenberg Art Center
Phone: 504-865-5327
Fax: 504-862-8710
Elizabeth Hill Boone, Ph.D., Texas, Austin (Martha and Donald Robertson Chair in Latin American Art)
Gene H. Koss, M.F.A., Temple
Thomas F. Reese, Ph.D., Yale
Associate Professors
Barry Bailey, M.F.A., East Carolina
Sandra Chism, M.F.A., University of Arizona
Teresa Cole, M.F.A., Cranbrook Academy of Art (Ellsworth Woodward Professor of Art)
Ronna S. Harris, M.F.A., California, Santa Barbara
Jeremy Jernegan, M.F.A., San Jose State (Chair)
Michael Plante, Ph.D., Brown (Jessie Poesch Professor of Art)
Assistant Professors
Florencia Bazzano-Nelson, Ph.D., New Mexico
Michelle Foa, PH.D., Princeton University
Holly Flora, Ph.D., New York
Kevin Jones, M.F.A., Yale
Suzanne Walker, Ph.D., Berkeley

Foundations of Art Series

A series of foundations courses designed for all university students with an interest in the visual arts. These courses explore the nature of the visual arts through direct experience with a variety of art media. Lectures, discussion, critiques, and extensive studio work are directed toward the development of design principles and an understanding and appreciation of the visual arts and their role in the expression of personal and cultural values.

Programs Offered

Art Courses

Asian Studies

Office: 220 Newcomb Hall
Phone: 504-862-3024
Fax: 504-865-5869
Program Administrators
Carl L. Bankston, Sociology (Director)
Asian Studies Faculty
Huimin Xie, Chinese
Michael Wood, Japanese
Adjunct Faculty
Guy Beck, Asian Religions
Chingchi Chiang, Chinese
Kumiko Akama, Japanese
Saeko Jensen, Japanese
Victoria Tsai, Chinese
Joseph Vuong, Vietnamese
Faculty Associates
Kathleen Davis, Spanish and Portuguese
Shanshan Du, Anthropology
Richard A. Marksbury (Dean, School of Continuing Education)
Allison Truitt, Anthropology

Programs Offered

Asian Studies Courses

Brazilian Studies

Political Science
Office: 323 Norman Mayer
Phone: 504-862-8312
Fax: 504-862-8745
Spanish and Portuguese
Office: 304 Newcomb Hall
Phone: 504-865-5518
Fax: 504-862-8752
Program Administrators
Spanish and Portuguese (Director)

Programs Offered

Brazilian Studies Courses

Classical Studies

Office: 210 C Joseph Merrick Jones Hall
Phone: 504-865-5719
Fax: 504-862-8736
Dennis P. Kehoe, Ph.D., Michigan
Joe Park Poe, Ph.D., Columbia
Associate Professors
Jane B. Carter, Ph.D., Harvard (Chair)
Thomas D. Frazel, Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles
Susann Lusnia, Ph.D., Cincinnati
Assistant Professors
Margaret Butler, Ph.D., Stanford University

Classical Studies Majors

The Department of Classical Studies seeks to design major programs involving work in such diverse areas as language and literature, art and archaeology, religion, and history to meet the needs and interests of individual students. Students have the option of electing language-based majors in Greek and Latin, or non-language based majors in Classical Studies. Students pursuing a language-based major are encouraged to select Classics courses that complement their language courses.

Greek or Latin courses used to satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement may not be counted toward the major.

Students interested in pursuing graduate study in Classics should consult with their departmental adviser about the undergraduate preparation needed for graduate school.

Classical Studies Minors

Students who minor in Classical Studies should designate as an area of concentration one of the following: Greek, Latin, or Ancient Culture. Courses should then be chosen as outlined.

Latin or Greek courses used to satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement may not be counted toward the minor.


Knowledge of Greek and Latin is not required for these courses, and students majoring in other fields are encouraged to enroll.

Programs Offered

Classical Studies Courses


Office: 219 Newcomb Hall
Phone: 504-865-5730
Fax: 504-862-3040
Full Professor
Nick Spitzer, Ph.D., Texas
Associate Professors
Constance J. Balides, Ph.D., Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Ana M. López, Ph.D., Iowa (Associate Provost)
James A. Mackin Jr., Ph.D., Texas
Vicki Mayer, Ph.D., California, San Diego (Chair)
Carole J. Daruna, Ph.D., Southern Illinois
N. Frank Ukadike, Ph.D., New York
Assistant Professors
Mauro Porto, Ph.D., California, San Diego
Michele White, Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY
Ferruh Yilmaz, Ph.D., California, San Diego
Kevin Esch, Ph.D., Iowa
Visiting Assistant Professors
Mary I. Blue, Ph.D., Louisiana State University
Stephen Zafirau, ABD, University of Southern California

Programs Offered

Communication Courses

Cultural Studies

Office: 219 Newcomb Hall
Phone: 504-865-5160
Fax: 504-826-8958
Cultural Studies Advisory Board
Carole Daruna, Communication
Hope H. Glidden, French and Italian
Amy Koritz, English
Ana M. López, Communication
Molly A. Rothenberg, English

Programs Offered

Cultural Studies Courses


Office: 206 Tilton Hall
Phone: 504-865-5321
Fax: 504-865-5869
Michael Bernstein, Ph.D., Yale (Provost of the University)
Scott S. Cowen, D.B.A., George Washington (President of the University)
Douglas R. Nelson, Ph.D., North Carolina
Associate Professors
John H. Edwards, Ph.D., Maryland (Chair)
Mary K. Olson, Ph.D., Stanford
Jonathan B. Pritchett, Ph.D., Chicago (Chair)
Assistant Professors
Alan Barreca, Ph.D., U.C. Davis
Stefano Barbieri, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Marco Castañeda, Ph.D., Washington University of St. Louis
Keith Finlay, Ph.D., U.C. Irvine
Leandro Magnusson, Ph.D., Brown
Jason Pearcy, Ph.D., U. of Colorado, Boulder
Jay Shimshack, Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley
Myeong-Su Yun, Ph.D., Rutgers
Visiting Assistant Professors
Luciana Fiorini, Ph.D., Brown
Flaubert Mbiekop, Ph.D., University of Quebec
Professors of Practice
Claudiney Pereira, Ph.D., North Carolina State
Elena Quercioli, Ph.D., University of Essex
Toni Weiss, M.A., Tulane University

Special Honors

The purpose of the Honors Program in economics is to provide exceptional students with an opportunity to complete an intensive program in their major area and to receive recognition for that work. To be eligible for departmental honors in economics, a student must earn, in courses completed at Tulane, a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.4 and a grade-point average of at least 3.5 in all courses taken in economics and in related courses serving to fulfill major requirements.

Honors also requires completion of the Honors Thesis (Economics H499, H500). The honors thesis is an additional requirement for the honors candidate in that H500 will not count as one of the ten economics courses required for the major. The student must select a thesis director from the economics faculty and register for H499 at the beginning of the first semester of the senior year. By mid-semester, the student must submit a prospectus to the Honors Program that has been approved and signed by the thesis director. Subject to departmental approval, the student will register for H500 during the second semester and complete a draft of the thesis a month before the projected date of graduation. An oral examination is held after all other requirements are met.

Studying Economics

Students who are enrolled in the School of Business and wish to emphasize economics should consult their academic advisers for the most recent major and minor requirements.

School of Liberal Arts students wishing to major in economics during the course of their undergraduate studies can choose between three programs: The Bachelor of Arts in Economics and the Bachelor of Science in Economics and a distinct major: the Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Economics. While they share a common core in economic theory and quantitative methods each program is tailored to the diverse interests and career goals of students.

The B.A. in economics combines economic science with broad liberal arts training. It is a very marketable degree for students who want to get a job when they graduate and will also be seen an excellent preparation for postgraduate work in business, law, public policy, or any of the social sciences. The B.S. in economics provides the rigorous quantitative background required by programs of advanced study in economics and by Ph.D. programs in business. Students seeking an even stronger background in mathematics should consider the Mathematical Economics major. It is described elsewhere in this catalog under its own heading.

Programs Offered

Economics Courses


Office: 122 Norman Mayer
Phone: 504-865-5160
Fax: 504-862-8958
Barry Ahearn, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins
Peter J. Cooley, Ph.D., Iowa
Amy Koritz, Ph.D., North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Associate Professors
Gaurav Desai, Ph.D., Duke (chair)
T.R. Johnson, Ph.D., Louisville
Michael P. Kuczynski, Ph.D., North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Rebecca Mark, Ph.D., Stanford
Supriya Nair, Ph.D., Texas, Austin
Molly A. Rothenberg, Ph.D., California, Irvine
Felipe Smith, Ph.D., Louisiana State
Gerald Snare, Ph.D., California, Los Angeles
Molly A. Travis, Ph.D., Ohio State
Assistant Professors
Thomas Albrecht, Ph.D., California, Irvine
Thomas Beller, Ph.D., Columbia University
Dwight Codr, Cornell
Joel Dinerstein, Ph.D., Texas, Austin
Louise Hornby, Ph.D., California, Berkeley
Michelle Kohler, Ph.D., Oregon
Scott Oldenburg, Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo
Nghana Tamu Lewis, Ph.D., Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Paula Morris, M.F.A., Iowa
Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows
Molly Burke, Ph.D. Rutgers
Victoria Elmwood, Ph.D., Indiana
Roslyn Foy, Ph.D., Connecticut
David Kauffman, Ph.D., Tulane
Jacob Leland, Ph.D., Brown
Joseph Letter, Ph.D., Louisiana State
Judith Livingston, Ph.D., Louisiana State
Visiting Faculty
Elizabeth Oldman, Ph.D., Columbia
Dale H. Edmonds, Ph.D., Texas, Austin
James F. Kilroy, Ph.D., Wisconsin, Madison
J. L. Simmons, Ph.D., Virginia
Maaja Stewart, Ph.D., Michigan
Donald Pizer, Ph.D., California, Los Angeles


Students should fulfill their First-year Writing Proficiency Requirement (English 101 or equivalent) before taking courses at the 200-level and above. Exemption from this rule may be requested from the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Freshman Writing

ENGL 101 Writing/ENLS 119 Freshman Writing Seminar (4) Staff. An introduction to the writing of academic arguments, including analytical reading and research techniques. Focus on the goals and skills appropriate to writing in a variety of disciplines in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

Gateway Course

This course is required for all English majors and minors. ENLS 200 is a prerequisite for all 500-level courses. Students are advised to complete ENLS 200 before enrolling in 400-level courses.

Emphasis inCreative Writing

Students choosing this option will be held to the same requirements as those in the regular major except they will choose four creative writing courses as focus of their study. All the creative writing courses also may count as electives toward the major.

Programs Offered

English Courses

Environmental Studies

Office: 201b Alcee Fortier Hall
Phone: (504) 862-3155
Fax: (504) 862-8455
Program Director
William Balée, Anthropology
Faculty Advisory Committee:
Barbara Hayley, Theatre and Dance
Katharine Jack, Anthropology
Amy Koritz, English
Grant S. McCall, Anthropology
James Mackin, Communication
Christopher B. Rodning, Anthropology
Richard Watts, French and Italian

Programs Offered

Environmental Studies Courses

French and Italian

Office: 311 Newcomb Hall
Phone: 504-865-5115
Fax: 504-865-5367
Jean-Godefroy Bidima, Ph.D., Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (Arnoult Professor)
Linda L. Carroll, Ph.D., Harvard
Hope H. Glidden, Ph.D., Columbia (Kathryn B. Gore Professor)
Felicia M. McCarren, Ph.D., Stanford
Elizabeth W. Poe, Ph.D., Princeton
Vaheed K. Ramazani, Ph.D., Virginia
Associate Professors
Thomas Klingler, Ph.D., Indiana (chair)
Richard Watts, Ph.D., Yale
Assistant Professors
Faycal Falaky, Ph.D., New York University
Michael Syrimis, Ph.D., Chicago
Teri F. Chalmers, Ph.D., Tulane University
Richard Cranford, Ph.D., Tulane University
Alexandra M. Reuber, Ph.D., Louisiana State University
Dauphine M. Sloan, Ph.D., University of Paris
Annette Sojic, Ph. D., Tulane University


Entering first-year students are placed at the appropriate level by assessment of their high school records. If they are placed above the 200 level, or have obtained a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement examination, or a score of 640 or better on the College Board examination, incoming undergraduates must register for an upper-level course (FREN 300 or above per departmental authorization). School of Liberal Arts undergraduates who have successfully completed FREN 203 or H203 or an upper-level French course at Tulane will have fulfilled their language requirement for graduation.


Entering freshmen are placed at the appropriate level by assessment of their high school records. Successful completion of Italian 203 or H203, placement above the 200 level, or a score of 640 or better on the College Board examination fulfills the language requirement for graduation.


Entering freshmen are placed at the appropriate level by assessment of their high school records. Successful completion of Arabic 203, placement above the 200 level, or a score of 640 or better on the College Board examination fulfills the language requirement for graduation.

Programs Offered

French and Italian Courses

Gender and Sexuality Studies

Programs Offered

Gender and Sexuality Studies Courses

Germanic and Slavic Studies

Office: 305 Newcomb Hall
Phone: 504-865-5276
Fax: 504-865-5277
William C. Brumfield, Ph.D., California, Berkeley
Brian Horowitz, Ph.D., California, Berkeley (Chair & Director of Jewish Studies)
Associate Professors
Elio Brancaforte, Ph.D., Harvard
George M. Cummins III, Ph.D., Harvard
Assistant Professors
Anjeana Hans, Ph.D., Harvard
Philip Hollander, Ph.D., Columbia
Bodo K. Gotzkowsky, Ph.D., Rice (John T. Krumpelmann Professor of German)
Valerie Greenberg, Ph.D., Chapel Hill, Professor of German
Karlheinz Hasselbach, Dr. Phil., Philipps-Universität, Marburg, Professor of German)

German Studies

Germanic Studies provides students with a wide range of opportunities to explore culture, literature, and language of the German-speaking countries. Such studies may fulfill the language requirement, serve as part of the general education, or lead to an in-depth course of study as a German major, double major, or minor. The study of German prepares students for academic careers in fields such as history, art history, religion, philosophy, political science, literature, and music as well as for professional careers, that emphasize the international aspects of business, law, economics, finance, government, science, engineering, and education.


Russian Studies provides students a wide range of opportunities to explore the culture and literature of Slavic countries. Such studies can serve as part of their general education, as a major in Russian Language and Literature, or a double major involving another discipline, as well as preparation for graduate school or an international professional career. Courses are offered in English as well as Russian and include modern and contemporary literature and linguistics. In addition, from time to time the department offers special topics courses in other Slavic languages, such as Czech, Old Church Slavonic, and Polish.

Study Abroad

For all major and minors, the department strongly recommends at least one semester of study abroad in Germany. Prior to participation, majors and minors are encouraged to complete at least GERM 305, although the ideal study abroad candidate will have taken three courses at the 300 level. Grades and credits will transfer for Tulane affiliated programs. Other exchange programs may receive credit upon departmental review.

For German majors who study abroad:

The 600 level course must be taken on campus. Students returning from JYA or JSA may only take 400-600 level courses. For German minors who study abroad: 6 credits (2 classes) must be taken on campus in the department. Students returning from JYA or JSA may only take 400-600 level courses.

Programs Offered

Germanic and Slavic Studies Courses


Office: 115 F. Edward Hébert Hall
Phone: 504-865-5162
Fax: 504-862-8739
George L. Bernstein, Ph.D., Chicago
Carole Haber, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (dean)
Kenneth W. Harl, Ph.D., Yale
Richard B. Latner, Ph.D., Wisconsin
Colin M. MacLachlan, Ph.D., California, Los Angeles
Linda A. Pollock, Ph.D., University of St. Andrews
Lawrence N. Powell, Ph.D., Yale
Susan Schroeder, Ph.D., California, Los Angeles
Randy Sparks, Ph.D., Rice
Richard F. Teichgraeber III, Ph.D., Brandeis
Associate Professors
Rosanne Adderley, Ph.D., Pennsylvania
James Boyden, Ph.D., Texas, Austin (Chair)
Emily Clark, Ph.D., Tulane University
Rachel Devlin, Ph.D., Yale
F. Thomas Luongo, Ph.D., Notre Dame
Marline Otte, Ph.D., Toronto
Samuel C. Ramer, Ph.D., Columbia
Justin Wolfe, Ph.D., California, Los Angeles
Gertrude Matyoka Yeager, Ph.D., Texas Christian
Assistant Professors
Ibrahim Kaya Sahin, University of Chicago
Jana Lipman, Ph.D., Yale University
Elizabeth McMahon, Ph.D., Indiana

Honors Courses

Honors courses and honors sections of regular courses are open to students in the Honors Program or by approval of the instructor. Enrollment is limited, and there is an emphasis on intensive reading and discussion. Topics vary except where descriptions are provided.

Selectingthe Correct Level Class

Courses listed at the 100, 200, and 300 level are considered introductory classes. All of them emphasize analysis and interpretation. They are not prerequisites for further course work in the area. Courses listed at the 600 level are not ordinarily suitable for freshmen.


History Courses

International Development

Office: The Payson Center for International Development and Technology Transfer 300 Hebert Hall
Phone: 504-865-5240
Fax: 504-865-5241

Program Administrator
Eamon Kelly, Ph.D., Payson Center, Executive Director

Programs Offered

International Development Courses

Italian Studies

French and Italian
Office: 311 Newcomb Hall
Phone: 504-865-5115
Fax: 504-865-5367
Program Administrator
Linda Carroll, French and Italian (Co-Director)
Faculty Associates
Lloyd Bonfield, Law
James Boyden, History
Kenneth Harl, History
John Joyce, Music
Dennis Kehoe, Classical Studies
F. Thomas Luongo, History
Susann Lusnia, Classical Studies
Elizabeth Poe, French and Italian
Joe Poe, Classical Studies
Gary Remer, Political Science
Michael Syrimis, French and Italian
Latifah Troncelliti, French and Italian

Programs Offered

Italian Studies Courses

Jewish Studies

Office: 312 Jones Hall
Phone: 504-862-5349
Fax: 504-865-5348
Program Director
Brian Horowitz, Germanic and Slavic Studies (Sizeler Family Chair) (Director)
Program Associate Director
Philip Hollander, Germanic and Slavic Studies
Faculty Associates
John Herschel Baron, Music
Ronna Burger, Philosophy
David Goldstein, Jewish Studies
Marlene Otte, History
Lawrence N. Powell, History
Gary Remer, Political Science
Visiting Assistant Professor

Michael Cohen, Ph.D., Brandeis University

Programs Offered

Jewish Studies Courses

Latin American Studies

Office: Stone Center for Latin American Studies 100 Joseph Merrick Jones Hall
Phone: 504-865-5164
Fax: 504-865-6719
Program Administrators
Thomas F. Reese, Ph.D., Yale (Executive Director)
James D. Huck, Ph.D., Tulane (Assistant Director for Graduate Affairs)
Edith A.G. Wolfe, Ph.D., UT Austin (Assistant Director of Undergraduate Affairs)
Core Faculty
Andrews V, E. Wyllys
Balée, William
Healan, Dan M.
Hill, Robert
Jack, Katharine
Maxwell, Judith
Nelson, Katherine
Verano, John
Cizek, Eugene
González, Robert
McMichael Reese, Carol
Art History
Bazzano-Nelson, Florencia
Boone, Elizabeth
Franco, Pamela
Stanfield-Mazzi, Maya (visiting)
Gonzalez, Mauricio (visiting)
Cellular and Molecular Biology
Thien, Leonard B.
López, Ana M.
Mayer, Vicki
Porto, Mauro Pereira
Earth and Environmental Science
Nelson, Stephen A.
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Chambers, Jeff
Darwin, Steven
Dyer, Lee
Sherry, Thomas
Costa Fiorini, Luciana (visiting)
Edwards, John
Magnusson, Leandro
Pereira, Claudiney (visiting)
Nair, Supriya M.
Smith, Felipe
Klingler,Thomas A.
Watts, Richard
Adderley, Rosanne
Boyden, James
MacLachlan, Colin M.
Schroeder, Susan
Wolfe, Justin
Yeager, Gertrude M.
Institutional Research
Davis, Dave
International Development
Bertrand, William E.
Kelly, Eamon M.
de Samarasinghe, S.W.R.
Latin American Studies
Avritzer, Leonardo (visiting)
Oliver-Smith, Anthony (visiting)
Ybarra-Frausto, Tomas (visiting)
Houck, Oliver
Calvo, Hortensia
Meneray, Wilbur E.
Query, Lance
Political Science
Clark, Mary
Kane-Love, Casey
Pereira, Anthony
Schneider, Aaron
Taras, Raymond
Varela, Enrique
Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Buekens, Pierre
Kendall, Carl
Macintyre, Kate
Murphy, Laura
Paz-Soldan, Valerie
Huggins, Martha
Rogers, Pamela
Spanish and Portuguese
Idelber, Avelar
Bass, Laura
Charles, John
Dunn, Christopher
Howard, Harry
Miller, Marilyn
Rivera-Díaz, Fernando César
Shea, Maureen
Middle American Research Institute Associates
Robertson, Merle Greece
Affiliated Faculty
Burke, Michael
Colella, Adrienne
Shaw, Pamela
Trapani III, John M.
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Flowers, George C.
Desai, Gaurav
Dannenmaier, Eric R.
Handl, Günther
Reed, Wayne
Theater and Dance
de Lima, Diogo
Gonzalez-Fontes, Lorenzo
Trask, Beverly
Political Science
Stacey, Jeffrey A/
Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Barrios, Antonio
Etheredge, Gina Doskey
James, Mark A.
Ling , Jack C.
Mock, Nancy
Rose, Diego
Spanish and Portuguese
George-Hirons, Amy
Emeritus Faculty
Victoria R. Bricker, Anthropology
Harvey Bricker, Anthropology
Richard Greenleaf, History
Paul Lewis, Political Science
Ralph Lee Woodward, History

From its foundation in 1834, Tulane University has pursued a mission of advancing progressive and cutting-edge study and research in Latin America. Our core faculty of Latin Americanists represents the largest contingent of faculty associated with any department or program at the University. Latin American Studies students gain comprehensive knowledge about Latin America through a mixture of academic study, specialized training and study abroad. Our program embraces linguistic fluency and direct engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean as essential to critical consciousness. The program encourages comparative studies that provide a more profound understanding of differences among socio-cultural systems developed within Latin America, as well as of differences between Latin American systems and others throughout the hemisphere and globe. The program is intended principally as a vehicle of liberal education, but is useful to students pursuing careers in business and commerce, communications, government service, research or teaching.

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies is one of the major programs of its kind in the U.S. and is supported by funding from various government agencies and foundations. Its faculty and students draw upon a rich variety of resources: one of three separate Latin American libraries in U.S. universities, over 400 courses taught by affiliated faculty, a wide range of public events, opportunities for service learning, and summer abroad programs designed specifically for Tulane students.

Because the program in Latin American Studies is interdisciplinary, students will take courses from many departments in order to fulfill the major or minor requirements. A current course list is available each semester from the Stone Center. Students who choose Latin American Studies will need to work closely with the major adviser.

Programs Offered

Latin American Studies Courses

Less Commonly Taught Languages

Office: 311 Newcomb Hall
Phone: 504-865-5115 or 862-3121
Fax: 504-865-5367
Program Administrator
Thomas Klingler, French and Italian (Director)

Students who enroll in LCTL courses should normally have completed the language requirements for graduation. Classes meet once a week, and are conducted by instructors who, in most cases, are native speakers of the language. Students are expected to work independently with the textbooks and an audio-taped program. Grades are assigned by the instructor in consultation with the program director.

Less Commonly Taught Languages Courses


Office: 1326 Audubon Street
Phone: 504-865-5336
Fax: 504-865-5338
Program Administrator
Judith M. Maxwell, Anthropology (Director)
Faculty Associates
Radu Bogdan, Philosophy
William Brumfield, Germanic and Slavic Studies
George Cummins, Germanic and Slavic Studies
Carole J. Daruna, Communications
Harry Howard, Spanish and Portuguese
Thomas Klingler, French and Italian
Michael Kuczinski, English
Vicki Mayer, Communication
Olanike-Ola Orie, Anthropology
Elizabeth Poe, French and Italian
Molly Rothenberg, English
Paul Schierhorn, Theatre and Dance

Linguistics is the scientific study of language. Language is a, if not the, particularly human ability. The study of this ability includes definitional characteristics, the acquisition and loss of language by “hu-per-offspring-kind”, its formal properties of sound, meaning, and juxtaposition, and the social contextualization of its use. The major program in linguistics is designed to train the student in modern techniques of language analysis and description, while providing exposure to the elements of diversity and universality in human language use. The student gains familiarity with real language data, while developing theoretical and philosophical frameworks within which to evaluate this knowledge.

The linguistics major is an interdisciplinary program, integrating courses from thirteen departments. The skills acquired in formal analysis, language, and social modeling provide a student with useful tools in pursuit of careers in artificial intelligence, computer systems modeling, language teaching/translating, cultural/language resource management, bilingual education, speech pathology, international relations, and management communication.

Programs Offered

Linguistics Courses


Office: 306 Norman Mayer or 300 Newcomb Hall
Phone: 504-862-8302 or 862-3402
Fax: 504-862-8745
Program Administrators
Ray Taras, Political Science
Kathleen Davis, Spanish and Portuguese

The literature major seeks to expose students to the study of world literatures and cultures within a comparative framework as well as from the perspective of significant literary theories. Students will explore culture across the boundaries of national traditions and discrete historical periods. Literature courses will address such issues as canon formation; historical links between the rise of nationalism and the development of national literatures; cross-cultural diffusion and borrowings, translations, and influences; the relationship between theory and literary practice; and the effects of imperialism, colonialism, and global commerce on literary production, consumption, and values. Courses draw upon the expertise of faculty in a wide array of departments and programs throughout the School of Liberal Arts, as well as that of outside lecturers.

Programs Offered

Literature Courses

Medieval and Early Modern Studies

German and Slavic
Office: 305 Newcomb Hall
Phone: 504-862-3090
Fax: 504-865-5277
Program Administrators
Elio Brancaforte, Germanic and Slavic Studies (Interim Director)
Faculty Associates
John Baron, Music
Laura Bass, Spanish and Portuguese
James Boyden, History
Linda Carroll, French and Italian
Hope Glidden, French and Italian
Kenneth Harl, History
Dennis Kehoe, Classical Studies
Michael Kuczynski, English
Thomas Luongo, History
Elizabeth Poe, French and Italian
Linda Pollock, History
Henry Sullivan, Spanish and Portuguese
Martyn Thompson, Political Science

The Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary major and minor that covers the fourth through the seventeenth centuries. A core faculty from various departments offers numerous courses treating the pre-modern period.

Programs Offered

Medieval and Early Modern Studies Courses


Office: Brandt v. B. Dixon Performing Arts Center
Phone: 504-865-5267
Fax: 504-865-5270
John H. Baron, Ph.D., Brandeis University (L.R. Schawe and W. Schawe ‘16 Memorial Professor)
Barbara M. Jazwinski, Ph.D., City University of New York (V. Beer Professor)
Faina Lushtak, Dipl., Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, Moscow (Downman Chair in the Performing Arts)
Associate Professors
B. Michael Howard, M.Mus.Ed., University of Southern Mississippi (A.L. Mintz ‘48 ‘51 and L.B. Mintz ‘55 ‘67 Professor) (Chair)
John J. Joyce Jr., Ph.D., Tulane University
Assistant Professors
Tae Hong Park, Ph.D., Princeton University
C. Leonard Raybon, D.M.A., Louisiana State University
Matt Sakakeeny, Ph.D., Columbia University
Daniel Sharp, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Visiting Instructors
John Dobry, Theory/Composition
John Doheny, Jazz Studies

Departmental Regulations

Any student enrolled as an undergraduate in Newcomb-Tulane College may take any course in the music department for which he or she meets the prerequisite. All instruction in applied music is given as private lessons, with the exception of beginning students (voice, guitar, and piano) who are assigned to a voice, guitar, or piano class. Students registering for the first time are assigned to an instructor after consultation and/or an audition. Graduating seniors are not permitted to begin the study of a new instrument or voice.

All students registering for music theory courses for the first time are examined in the fundamentals of music, including notation, sight-reading, scales, intervals, meter and rhythm, and dictation to determine their placement in either MUSC 100 or 151.

Scheduleof Fees For Applied Music

Applied-music courses, for credit, are open to all fulltime students. Students should register either on the web ( or in person (Brandt v. B. Dixon Performing Arts Center, Room 100), no later than the first week of each semester. Voice and instruments: one 50 minute lesson per week. Guitar Class, Piano Class, or Voice Class: limited enrollment, two 50 minute classes per week.

A fee is charged for private lessons as well as classes. Rates are assessed for the semester. Lessons may be discontinued for sufficient reason; however, refunds are not granted after two lessons. As space permits, any full-time student following a regular course in any full-time undergraduate program at Tulane, or the Schools of Architecture, Business, or Engineering may take private instruction in voice or instruments at the charges indicated for music students.

Programs Offered

Music Courses


Office: 105 Newcomb Hall
Phone: 504-865-5305
Fax: 504-862-8714
Radu J. Bogdan, Ph.D., Stanford
Ronna C. Burger, Ph.D., New School for Social Research (chair)
Eric M. Mack, Ph.D., Rochester
Jonathan Riley, D. Phil, Oxford
Richard Velkley, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University (The Celia Scott Weatherhead Distinguished Professor of Philosophy)
Associate Professors
Bruce W. Brower, Ph.D., Pittsburgh
Alison Denham, D.Phil., Oxford
Donald S. Lee, Ph.D., Yale
Assistant Professor
Oliver Sensen, Ph.D., Cambridge
Visiting Assistant Professors
Chris Ferro, Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2007
Christopher Kane, Ph.D. Brown University, 2007

Programs Offered

Philosophy Courses

Political Economy

Office: The Murphy Institute, Department of Political Economy 108 Tilton Hall
Phone: 504-865-5317
Fax: 504-862-8755
Program Administrators
Richard F. Teichgraeber III, History (Director)
John Howard, Philosophy (Associate Director)
Core Teaching Faculty
Eric Mack, Philosophy
Douglas R. Nelson, Economics
Mary Olson, Economics
Jonathan M. Riley, Philosophy
Jeffrey Stacey, Political Science
Martyn P. Thompson, Political Science

Programs Offered

Political Economy Courses

Political Science

Office: 316 Norman Mayer
Phone: 504-865-5166
Fax: 504-862-8745
Thomas S. Langston, Ph.D., M.I.T.
Nancy L. Maveety, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins
Anthony Pereira, Ph.D., Harvard (Chair)
Raymond C. Taras, Ph.D., University of Warsaw
Associate Professors
Mary Clark, Ph.D., Wisconsin
Gary A. Remer, Ph.D., California, Los Angeles
Martyn P. Thompson, Ph.D., London University; Dr. phil. habil., Universität Tübingen
Assistant Professors
Brian J. Brox, Ph.D., Texas
Dana Zartner Falstrom, Ph.D., California, Davis
Christopher Fettweis, Ph.D., Maryland
J. Celeste Lay, Ph.D., Maryland
Aaron Schneider, Ph.D., California, Berkeley
Jeffrey Stacey, Ph.D., Columbia
Mark Vail, Ph.D., California, Berkley

Political Science concerns itself with both the struggle for power and the search for justice. These at times conflicting goals of the polity account for a basic division in the discipline. Thus, the study of political phenomena has both a descriptive or scientific component and a normative or evaluative component. Political phenomena are present everywhere in political life, wherever questions about the distribution of wealth, status, power, and privilege occur. Politics, then, concerns conflicts of interests and values and the practices through which they are conciliated. The acknowledgment of the ubiquity of political phenomena across a range of geographic, cultural, and temporal settings accounts for the four broad subfields that constitute the work of the discipline: American political processes, comparative political processes, international politics, organization and law, and political theory.

Programs Offered

Political Science Courses

Religious Studies

Office: Anthropology Annex, 7039 Freret Street
Phone: 504-862-3594
Fax: 504-865-5336
Program Administrator
Adeline Masquelier, Anthropology (Director)
Faculty Advisory
Committee Randy Sparks, History
Brian Horowitz, Classical Studies
Gertrude Yeager, History

Programs Offered

Religious Studies Courses


Office: 220 Newcomb Hall
Phone: 504-865-5820
Fax: 504-865-5544
Carl L. Bankston III, Ph.D., Louisiana State
Joel A. Devine, Ph.D., Indiana, Chair
Kevin Gotham, Ph.D., Kansas
Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D., New Hampshire
Associate Professors
April A. Brayfield, Ph.D., Maryland
Mimi Schippers, Ph.D., Wisconsin
Assistant Professors
Michelle Adams, Ph.D., California, Riverside
Xiaojin Chen, Ph.D., Iowa
Diane Grams, Ph.D., Loyola University, Chicago
Shayne Lee, Ph.D., Northwestern
Visiting Professors
Stephanie M. Arnett, Ph.D., Notre Dame
Brenda Brasher, Ph.D. University of Southern California
Richard Duque, Ph.D., Lousiana State University
John Hall, Ph.D., Tulane University
Yuki Kato, Ph.D., University of California Irvine
David Ortiz Canseco, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Pamela Rogers, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Adjunct Professor
Mary Ann Maguire, Ph.D., Stanford (Associate Dean, Newcomb-Tulane College)
Fredrick Koenig, Ph.D., Wisconsin

Sociology is the study of group life. It combines scientific and humanistic perspectives in the study of urban and rural life, family patterns and relationships, social change, inter-group relations, social class, environment, technology and communications, health care and illness, social movements, organizations, and pressing contemporary social issues. Sociology is a valuable liberal arts major for students planning careers in a wide variety of fields including social research, criminology, demography, social psychology, public administration, gerontology,education, rehabilitation, and market research. It provides a useful background for those planning to enter law, business, medicine, social work, public health, community planning, architecture, and politics.

Programs Offered

Sociology Courses

Spanish and Portuguese

Office: 304 Newcomb Hall
Phone: 504-865-5518
Fax: 504-862-8752
Idelber Avelar, Ph.D., Duke
Christopher Soufas, Ph.D., Duke
Henry Sullivan, Ph.D., Harvard
Associate Professors
Laura Bass, Ph.D., Princeton
Jean Dangler, Ph.D., Emory
Kathleen Davis, Ph.D., California, Berkeley
Christopher Dunn, Ph.D., Brown (Chair)
Harry Howard, Ph.D., Cornell
Marilyn G. Miller, Ph.D., U. of Oregon
Tatjana Pavlovic, Ph.D., U. of Washington
Maureen E. Shea, Ph.D., U. of Arizona
Assistant Professors
John Charles, Ph.D., Yale
Antonio Daniel Gómez, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Fernando Rivera-Díaz, Ph.D., Princeton
Isabel Carolina Caballero, Ph.D., U. of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Amy George-Hirons, Ph.D., Tulane University (Language Program Director)
Angeles Pla Farmer, Ph.D., Tulane University
Todd Price, Ph.D., University of Virginia
Linnette Reed, Ph.D., Tulane University
Ari Zighelboim, Ph.D., Tulane University
Visiting Assistant Professor
Isabel Sans, Ph.D., Arizona State University
Thomas Montgomery, Ph.D., Wisconsin

Entering freshmen who have had Spanish or Portuguese in high school are placed at the appropriate level by assessment of their high school records. Language laboratory work is encouraged in 101, 102, and 112, 203 and in certain advanced courses. Spanish and Portuguese 101, 102, and 112 meet five hours a week; all other courses meet three hours per week unless otherwise stated in the course description. Successful completion of Spanish 203 or Portuguese 203 or placement above the 203 level in one of those languages fulfills the foreign language requirement for graduation. After completion of SPAN 203, all students enroll in SPAN 204, which is the prerequisite for the sequence of courses beginning at the 300 level. All students must follow the sequence of courses as described below. Departmental placement can waive all prerequisites.

Native and Heritage Speakers

Native speakers of Spanish begin the major with numbers [4-5] above. Additionally, they complete any six courses at the 400 level, as well as the three requirements at the 600 level. Native speakers complete the minor with numbers [4-5] above, plus four additional 400 level courses. Native speakers may not enroll in courses at the 300 level. Heritage speakers of Spanish must meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to determine their placement in the program.

Study Abroad

All majors and minors in Spanish are strongly encouraged to participate in Tulane’s language-intensive Study Abroad Programs. Prior to their participation, majors and minors must complete at least SPAN 304, although the ideal study abroad candidate should have fulfilled the three major and minor requirements at the 300 level.

For Spanish majors who study abroad:

Two out of three 600 level courses must be taken on campus in the department.

For Spanish minors who study abroad:

6 credits (2 classes at 300 level or above) must be taken on campus in the department.

Programs Offered

Spanish and Portuguese Courses

Theatre and Dance

Office: Elleonora P. McWilliams Hall
Phone: 504-314-7760; (504) 314-7761
Fax: 504-865-6737
Barbara Hayley, M.F.A., New York University Tisch School of the Arts
Ronald A. Gural, M.F.A., Yale
Associate Professors
Diana Cupsa, M.F.A., Bucharest, Romania
Alice Pascal Escher, M.F.A.,
Temple Bruce D. Podewell, Ph.D., New York University
Martin L. Sachs, M.F.A., Florida State (Chair)
Beverly Trask, M.F.A., Southern Mississippi
Assistant Professors
John B. Allen, M.F.A., Utah
James Fitzmorris, Ph.D., Washington
F. Antony Sandoval, M.F.A., Delaware
Steven Stines, M.F.A., New York University
Professors of Practice
Chris Adams, M.F.A., Virginia Tech
Michaela Cannon, M.F.A., Utah
Diogo DeLima, Conserv. Maestro Juliaõ, Brazil
Lorenzo Gonzalez, M.F.A., Delaware
Jeffrey Gunshol, M.F.A., Utah
Dion van Niekerk, M.F.A., Tulane University
Gary Rucker, M.F.A., University of New Orleans
Visiting Professor
Shad Willingham, M.F.A., Washington
Hugh Lester, M.F.A., New Orleans


The Theatre Program offers two undergraduate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Fine arts. The BFA can be in either the design/technical area or in acting and candidates apply ay the end of their sophomore year. No audition is required for admission into the B.A. program.


Dance Faculty

John B. Allen
Michaela Cannon
Diogo DeLima
Jeffrey Gunshol
Barbara Hayley
Alice Pascal Escher
Beverly A. Trask

Admissions/Audition Information

Admission is a two part process. Prospective dance majors must be admitted by both the University and the Dance Program. Admission to the Dance Program is contingent upon admission to Tulane University. Tulane University Office of Undergraduate Admissions evaluates applicants according to university admissions procedures. The Dance Program accepts students on the basis of an audition.

Programs Offered

Theatre and Dance Courses

Urban Studies

Office: Partnership for the Transformation of the Urban Community 100 Newcomb Hall
Phone: 504-862-3680
Fax: 504-862-3681
Program Administrator:
Joel A. Devine (Ph.D., Indiana), Sociology
Affiliated Faculty
Fred Butell (Ph.D., Alabama), Social Work
Richard Campanella (MA., Geography, LSU), Center for Bioenvironmental Research
Kevin Gotham (Ph.D., Kansas), Sociology
Shayne Lee (Ph.D., Northwestern), Sociology, African & Diaspora Studies
Ana M. López (Ph.D., Iowa), Communication, Latin American Studies
Loretta Pyles (Ph.D., Kansas), Social Work
Carol McMichael Reese (Ph.D., Texas), Architecture
Thomas F. Reese (Ph.D., Yale), Art History, Latin American Studies
Allison Truitt (Ph.D., Cornell), Anthropology

Programs Offered

Urban Studies Courses

Women’s Studies

Office: 301B Newcomb Hall
Phone: 504-865-5187
Fax: 504-865-5188

Program Administrator

Mimi Schippers, Sociology (Director)

Faculty Associates and Teaching Staff:

April Brayfield, Sociology
Linda Carroll, Italian
Emily Clark, History
Carole Daruna, Communication
Rachel Devlin, History
Gary Dohanich, Psychology
Shanshan Du, Anthropology
Hope Glidden, French and Italian
Karen Kingsley, School of Architecture
Amy Koritz, English
Ana López, Communication
Rebecca Mark, English
Adeline Masquelier, Anthropology
Nancy Maveety, Political Science
Judy Maxwell, Anthropology
Vicki Mayer, Communication
Supria Nair, English
Gary Remer, Political Science
Molly Rothenberg, English
Maureen Shea, Spanish and Portuguese
Tania Tetlow, School of Law
Molly Travis, English
Michelle White, Communication
Gertrude Yeager, History

Women’s studies is an interdisciplinary program that encourages students to engage fully in the major activities of a liberal arts education—reading, writing, thinking and remembering—in order to consider how women’s lives differ because of race, class, region, religion, age, sexual orientation, historical period, and cultural context.

The program of study recognizes the legacy of Newcomb College as a coordinate college for women within a major research university and encourages the participation of students in the production of new research on women. The program also acknowledges the roots of women’s studies within the women’s movement and offers students the opportunity to link theory and practice through internships in community agencies and designated service learning courses. Students are encouraged to use this knowledge and experience in careers benefiting the lives of both women and men.

The intellectual project of the major and minor in women’s studies is supported by lectures, films, discussions and other programs organized and funded through the H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College Institute, the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women, and the resources available at the Nadine R. Vorhoff (Women’s Studies) Library, the Newcomb Archives, and the project. All of these resources are housed around the Newcomb College quad of the Uptown Campus. Students interested in women’s studies as an academic major or minor should consult with the Director.

Programs Offered