The 9 schools and colleges of Tulane University offer undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in architecture, business, engineering, law, liberal arts and sciences, medicine, public health and tropical medicine and social work. Tulane's academic programs are considered among the best in the country. At Tulane, traditional classroom instruction is enhanced by experiential, hands-on learning. Examples of this include a myriad of service learning programs that give students real-life experience in their chosen field, internships for students during the summer or school year, and cutting-edge research opportunities with professors. For example of service learning, a psychology student might be assigned service learning hours at a local mental health facility or an English major assigned as a tutor at an adult literacy program. Other hands-on opportunities include the archaeological excavations sponsored through Tulane's Latin American program and the award-winning Burkenroad Reports through which business majors produce stock analyses used by investors across the country.
Majors and Degrees Offered
Tulane offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and minors including accounting, African and African Diaspora studies, American studies, anthropology, architecture, art history, art studio, Asian studies, biological chemistry, biomedical engineering, business, cell and molecular biology, chemical engineering, chemistry, classical studies, cognitive studies, communication, consumer behavior, dance, entrepreneurship, engineering physics, earth and environmental sciences, ecology and evolutionary biology, economics, English, film studies, finance, French, geology, German cultural studies, German Languages and literatures, global and community health, Greek, health informatics, history, international development, Italian, Italian studies, jazz studies, Jewish studies, Latin, Latin American studies, legal studies in business, linguistics, literature, management, marketing, mathematical economics, mathematics, medieval and early modern studies, music, neuroscience, philosophy, physics, political economy, political science, Portuguese, psychology, religious studies, Russian cultural studies, Russian Languages and literatures, social policy and practice, sociology, Spanish, theatre and women's studies. Minors include architecture studies, cultural studies, film studies and urban sociology.
Because Tulane provides many educational options advisors are available to new students from their first days on campus. This support network of faculty advisors, resident advisors, deans and professional academic counselors guides students through questions of course selection and major and ensures that they are on track to meet their degree and graduation goals.
Since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Tulane has risen with New Orleans as a phoenix
from the ashes, and the way students value their academic experience’s connection
to the city continues unabated: “Tulane has made a commitment to the city of New
Orleans that defines the ideal relationship between a city and a university.”
Students describe their learning environment as “vibrant and culturally diverse,”
and one which fosters “a culture of collaborative academic success.” Many of
Tulane’s “profoundly knowledgable” faculty members “are not only incredible
instructors, but are interesting and insightful people,” and students say “our
classes are small and engaging, encouraging us to develop personal relationships
with professors.” Looking toward the future, students say that professors have
helped them “so many important connections” for jobs. Students maximize their
location in New Orleans, “one of the greatest strengths of Tulane,” too: “There are
so many opportunities available outside the classroom—from student organizations,
to community service projects, internships, events happening in New
Orleans.” Indeed, the Tulane and New Orleans experiences are inseparable, and
this ethos motivates the fact that Tulane is “the only major research institution in the
nation with a public service requirement for graduation.” Students love Tulane’s
combination of “high level academics, and a wonderful culture to pair with it,” and
take seriously not just the task of “applying what you learn to better the community
around us.” In terms of value, many students choose Tulane because it “not
only provides the largest academic scholarship, but also has the largest variety of
experiences and opportunities available.” While Tulane students are fun-loving,
they can be just as serious: “Tulane is a work hard, play hard school, but the work
part comes first.