Newcomb-Tulane College

Mailing Address

Cudd Hall
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118

Telephone Numbers

Phone: (504) 865-5720
Fax: (504) 865-5236

James MacLaren
Ph.D., Imperial College, University of London

Andrew Martinez
Ph.D., Princeton University
Associate Dean

Mary Ann Maguire
Ph.D., Stanford University
Associate Dean


Newcomb-Tulane College has administrative oversight for the full-time undergraduate experience and the common core curriculum. Newcomb-Tulane College comprises all full-time undergraduate programs at the university, including those in architecture, business, liberal arts, public health and tropical medicine, and science and engineering. All prospective undergraduate students apply to Newcomb-Tulane College for admission. A student designates a major no later than the beginning of the fourth semester. After the selection of a major, the student continues to be a Newcomb-Tulane College student as well as a student in the school in which the major resides. For example, a student who majors in cell and molecular biology is in the School of Science and Engineering and Newcomb-Tulane College.

Center For Academic Advising

Mailing Address

Academic Advising Center
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118

Telephone Numbers

Telephone: (504) 865-5798
Fax: (504) 865-5799


Amjad Ayoubi
Associate Dean

The Academic Advising Center offers a centralized organization to support full-time undergraduates in creating educational plans congruent with their individual objectives. The center serves as a general information clearinghouse for the wide range of majors and minors, the program requirements throughout all undergraduate programs, and other curricular programs, i.e., service learning, study abroad.

For first- and second-year students who have not declared majors, the center serves as a primary point of contact, and the center’s staff assists students to refine their academic goals, understand their choices, and assess their options, while emphasizing the belief that the students shoulder ultimate responsibility for making decisions about educational plans and setting goals and objectives. The center will continue to serve juniors and seniors to ensure progress toward their degrees, complementing the work of faculty advisers in the schools. Each school will appoint faculty members from each area or department to work with the center’s professional academic advisers to formulate discipline-specific policies that meet accreditation standards. The center’s staff also includes pre-professional advisers to assist students in applying to programs in law, medicine and other health professions.

First-Year Programs Office

Mailing Address

106 Hebert
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118

Telephone Numbers

Telephone: (504) 865-5678
Fax: (504) 865-6723

The First-Year Programs office administers the TIDES, Tulane Interdisciplinary Experience Seminar series for first year-students, as well as the mechanics of the Tulane Reading Project.

For more information on TIDES, see
For more information on the Reading Project, see

Center For Global Education

Mailing Address:

Tate House
7008 Zimple Street, 2nd Floor
New Orleans, LA 70118

Telephone Numbers

Telephone: (504) 865-5339
Fax: (504) 862-8765



Mary Ann Maguire
Interim Associate Dean (fall 2009 semester)

Molly Traviis
Associate Dean (as of December 2009)

Mark Beirn
Director of Study Abroad Programs

The Center for Global Education comprises the Office of Study Abroad (OSA), Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS), Fulbright programs, and various international grants and scholarships.

Office of Study Abroad

The OSA maintains a portfolio of high-quality semester and yearlong study abroad programs that have been approved by the Newcomb-Tulane Study Abroad Committee. These programs are open to all qualified undergraduate students pursuing degrees in the Schools of Liberal Arts, Science & Engineering, Architecture, Public Health & Tropical Medicine, and Business.

Tulane University partners with top overseas universities and international institutions to make the highest quality overseas educational experiences available to its students. The range of subject matter reflects the particular opportunities and scholastic strengths available in each location. Language instruction is an integral part of the programs in non-English-speaking countries.

Approved Semester and Yearlong Options

The OSA administers over 70 study abroad programs for undergraduates in Europe,
Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Australia. More details are available from the Office of Study Abroad web site.

The OSA offers academic-year and semester programs in Argentina, Australia,
Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana,
Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Malta, Mexico, Poland, Russia,
Singapore, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom and Uruguay (this list is subject to
change). These programs are open to all qualified students in the Newcomb-Tulane College who meet specific eligibility requirements.

Independent Scholar Option (ISO)

Students may choose to design their own study abroad experience for a semester or year abroad through the Independent Scholar Option. The ISO offers exceptional juniors and seniors the opportunity to propose a semester or year abroad pursuing a course of study for which there is no equivalent on an existing approved program. Students considering the ISO are required to have a meeting with the director of study abroad to discuss the proposed course of study abroad and the application process.

ISO applicants must have a 3.5 GPA and should demonstrate a high degree of maturity, independence, and preparation.

Credits and Grades

Tulane credit and grades are awarded automatically for all coursework successfully completed abroad on a Newcomb-Tulane program, including the ISO. To count credits earned toward the major or minor program, students must seek the approval of the respective academic department. Please see the OSA web site for more details.

Advising for Study Abroad

Newcomb-Tulane undergraduates are encouraged to begin their academic preparation for study abroad as early as their first semester at Tulane. Students may select a program independently or in close consultation with the OSA study abroad advisor, as well as the academic and major advisors. The OSA hosts informational meetings, advising sessions, discussion groups, and panel talks to inform students of their options for studying abroad. In addition, the OSA organizes an annual fall study abroad fair to promote education abroad opportunities. A complete guide to study abroad is available on the OSA web site.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

At the time of application, all students must present persuasive evidence of the necessary academic and intellectual strength, linguistic skills, and special preparation in the area of the proposed course of study. A compelling argument that the proposed program and destination are appropriate in terms of academic, cultural and personal goals should be clearly articulated in the application essay.

Students must also demonstrate the individual initiative and strong sense of personal responsibility required to complete the program abroad. Students must familiarize themselves with the program-specific GPA and course prerequisites when planning for study abroad. Due to high demand, competition may occur within the various programs since some have a limited number of spaces.

The student’s academic and major advisors must support the application and indicate that the proposed overseas study will advance and not impede progress toward the degree. Applicants are also asked indicate how they expect to complete graduation requirements. Qualified students may study abroad as early as the second semester of the sophomore year. Students must present evidence of completion of necessary Newcomb-Tulane core curriculum requirements at the time of application.

Honor Code and Code of Student Conduction

Students who have been convicted of an honor code violation are not eligible to study abroad. Please see the Newcomb-Tulane Honor Code for more details. Also, students may not study abroad while on disciplinary probation

Tuition and fees

For each semester abroad, participants pay Tulane tuition, the academic support service fee, and a charge for emergency evacuation insurance. Airfare, housing, meals, vacation travel, and personal expenses are extra and vary by location.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

For eligible students, all federal financial aid (Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Perkins Loans, Stafford Loans, and Parent Plus Loans) except for work-study awards can be applied to all Tulane study abroad programs. All Tulane University institutional aid (Dean's Honor Scholarship, Distinguished Scholars Award, Founders Scholarship, and Tulane Need-Based Scholarship), except for the housing stipends, can be used for participation in Tulane study abroad programs as well. Students must meet with their financial aid advisor to confirm their financial aid status.

There are several scholarships available for study abroad depending on location. Student should visit the OSA web site for a complete list of awards available through the College as well as those available from partner institutions.

Tulane Summer Programs

Undergraduate students can take advantage of a variety of faculty-led summer study abroad programs focused on special topics.

Every summer, individual departments and programs, such as the Center for Public Service and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, offer short-term summer study abroad programs that award academic and/or service-learning credit. In recent years, programs have been offered in Australia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, India, Malaysia and Mexico. Costs and application procedures vary by program; visit the OSA web site for a list of available summer programs

Non-Tulane Study Abroad Programs

To participate in a study abroad program during the academic year that has not been approved by the Tulane Study Abroad Committee, students must petition the Newcomb-Tulane College Study Abroad Committee for permission to participate on a non-Tulane program. Students must schedule an advising appointment with the director of study abroad in the OSA to begin this process.

Student participating on a non-Tulane summer program must complete the “Summer Program Transfer Credit Approval” form available on the OSA web site.

Honors Program

Mailing Address

105 Hébert Hall New Orleans, LA 70118

Telephone Numbers

Telephone: (504) 865-5517
Fax: (504) 862-8709


F. Thomas Luongo, Associate Dean


The Tulane Honors Program offers superior students of the Undergraduate College the opportunity to broaden and enrich their undergraduate education and to intensify their preparation for graduate work. Members of the program benefit from small, accelerated classes, special academic and social programming, and individual advising. Outstanding incoming freshmen are admitted to the program based on their high school records and test scores. Students not admitted as incoming freshmen may apply after completing two semesters at Tulane. The criterion for admission and retention to the Honors Program is a cumulative grade point average of 3.45 for freshmen and sophomores and 3.60 for juniors and seniors. Successful participation in the Honors program requires completion of four Honors courses, two of which must be at the 300 level or above, and a senior honors thesis or project. Freshmen must take at least one honors course in the freshman year in order to continue in the Honors Program.

Honors Courses

Members of the Tulane Honors Program normally enroll in at least one honors course per semester. Honors courses, which are only taught by full-time faculty members or distinguished visitors, have a maximum enrollment of 20 students. The emphasis in these courses is on class discussion, and in most cases course material is studied in greater depth than might be possible in a regular course. Honors students may also enhance their regular course offerings by requesting to add an “Honors Option” to a 300-level or higher course they are currently taking. With the instructor’s approval the student will engage in additional work that merits Honors credit. The course will appear on the student’s transcript as an Honors course. This enables our students to customize their Honors curriculum to meet their interests. Honors option forms can be found in the Honors office. Up to two Honors course credits may be awarded to a student participating in certain Tulane Study Abroad programs. A student must petition to the Director of the Honors Program as well as provide a syllabus and all test material from the petitioned course. Honors credit is also given for graduate-level courses, and three-hour Independent Study courses. There are some science courses for which students are automatically given Honors credit. Please check with the Honors Program office for a list of these classes.

Honors Colloquia

Each semester Tulane offers a limited number of honors colloquia. These colloquia, which are interdisciplinary in subject and approach, may be initiated by students or by faculty and are designed around some integrating factor: a theme, a period, a creative work, or a problem. Usually the colloquium meets once a week, in a seminar format, with emphasis upon class discussion. To be eligible for enrollment in an honors colloquium, a student must be a member of the Tulane Honors Program, on the Dean’s List, or a candidate for a degree with departmental honors.

Open Curriculum

An open curriculum option is available to students in the Honors Program who have at least two full semesters remaining before graduation. With the approval of the Honors Committee and under its guidance, a student may construct all curricular elements except the core curriculum.

Programs, Events, and Post-graduate Scholarships

The Honors Program sponsors a number of intellectual and cultural programs during the school year featuring Tulane faculty members and visiting dignitaries as participants. The program also sponsors social events to bring scholars and the Honors faculty together informally. Scholars may receive individual academic advising and career planning from the director of the program and from members of the Honors faculty.

The coordinator of fellowships works under the auspices of the Honors Program to help identify promising candidates for fellowships and scholarships such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Churchill, Truman, and Goldwater, and to assist them in preparing their applications, supporting materials, and interview strategies.

Graduating with University Honors

To be eligible for University Honors (magna cum laude, and summa cum laude) a student must fulfill all the requirements of the Honors Program. A student who at the time of graduation has achieved a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.600, has completed the Honors Program, and has fulfilled the requirements for departmental honors is awarded the degree magna cum laude. A student who at the time of graduation has achieved a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.800, has completed the Honors Program, and has fulfilled the requirements for departmental honors is awarded the degree summa cum laude. Only Tulane credits are computed in the cumulative grade-point average for Honors candidates. A student completing two degrees may be awarded University Honors for both degrees. Eligibility for Honors for each degree will be determined by grades earned in all course work counting toward the respective degree.

University Honors (summa cum laude and magna cum laude) are reserved for Tulane Honors students only. A student not in the Honors Program who at the time of graduation has achieved a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.4, is awarded the degree cum laude.

Graduating With Departmental Honors

To be eligible for departmental honors, a student must have an overall grade-point average of at least 3.4, a 3.5 GPA in his or her major, complete an honors thesis or project, and must fulfill all of the major’s other requirements for Honors. Please see following paragraph for description of honors thesis.

Senior Honors Thesis

In order to graduate with University Honors or Department Honors, students during the senior year must write an Honors Thesis or complete an equivalent Honors project. As the culminating achievement of the scholar’s undergraduate career, this thesis or project involves substantial independent research and study under the direction of a professor in the scholar’s major department. It is recommended that a student begin the process of identifying a topic and director at the end of the junior year. The Honors Thesis or project is in every case a full-year endeavor. Students must sign up for their thesis in the home department each of the two semesters necessary for completion. Other specific criteria for completion of the thesis, a schedule of relevant dates (including deadlines for a progress report and completion of the first chapter), as well as necessary forms, can be obtained on-line from the Honors Program website or in the Honors Program Office.

Less Commonly Taught Languages

Motivated students with demonstrated achievement in foreign language may enroll for courses offered in the Less Commonly Taught Languages Program. These classes are primarily self-instructional; students use audiotapes, textbooks, and software where available and attend group sessions with a native speaker of the language under study. Progress is monitored by the program director. Courses taken in the program are offered as electives and do not fulfill the basic undergraduate foreign language proficiency requirement. For further information on this program, contact Thomas Klinger, French and Italian (504) 862-3121 (e-mail:

The Washington Semester Program

Well-qualified students are eligible to spend a semester in Washington, D.C., for the study of American government in action. A cooperative intercollegiate honors program, the Washington Semester Program is administered by the School of Government and Public Administration of American University. Areas of study include national government and politics, the judicial system, foreign and economic policy, international environment and development, international trade, museum studies, and journalism. The program features a seminar, an individual research project, and an internship. The major curriculum features are planned to provide both a sound common core of study and a reasonable degree of flexibility for each student. Students majoring in political science and other disciplines may apply for admission to the program. Only a small number of students are selected to participate each year. Those interested should contact the campus Washington Semester representative in the Department of Political Science.


Office: 105 F. Edward Hébert Hall
Phone: 504-865-5517
Fax: 504-862-8709

Program Administrator

Thomas Luongo, History (Director, Associate Dean for Honors)

Colloquia usually meet once a week in a seminar format with the emphasis upon class discussion. Honors colloquia, designated by the prefix H, are open only to students in the Tulane Honors Program, to those on the dean’s list, or to candidates for degrees with departmental honors. Honors colloquia on the 400 level are open to juniors and seniors (sophomores by special permission). The other colloquia listed below are open to any student in good standing. Colloquia may be used for elective credit. Consult the director of the Honors Program regarding credit for individual colloquia. For many of the colloquia listed below, the specific topic varies from semester to semester, consult the Schedule of Classes for further information or request a current course description from the Honors Program office.

Teacher Certification and Preparation

Mailing Address

Teacher Preparation and Certification
419 Newcomb Hall

Phone: 504-865-5342
Program Director
Linda McKee, M.Ed., University of Virginia
Assessment and Accreditation Coordinator
Deborah Fordham, M.S., SUNY at Cortland
Professors of Practice
Margaret Dermody, Ph.D., University of New Orleans
Carol Whelan, Ph.D., University of New Orleans
Program Specialst
Monqiue Hodegs, B.S., L.S.U.

Tulane’s Teacher Preparation and Certification Program has received state approval for the three programs (Secondary, Early Childhood and Dance) and second stage unit approval from the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Please contact the Teacher Certification office for details.

Programs Offered

Teacher Certification and Preparation Courses


Program Details