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General Education Curriculum

Newcomb-Tulane College General Education Curriculum
Approved by the Faculty, March 2017

Proficiency requirements

Writing Skills (2 courses)

Tulane undergraduates should be able to communicate effectively. Students completing this requirement will produce coherent texts that combine analysis, argument, and research.

  • Freshman writing (ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1011), freshman seminar, honors colloquia.  Students receiving exemption from ENGL 1010/1011 would be required to take an approved writing class during their freshman year.  Proposed criterion: At least 1/3rd of the grade based upon writing (excluding in class exams)
  • One additional writing course at the 2000 level or above taken from an approved list. Proposed criterion: At least 1/3rd of the grade based upon writing (excluding in class exams), to include revision and re-evaluation by the instructor.

 

Note: creative writing courses cannot be used to satisfy the writing proficiency requirement.

Formal Reasoning (1 course)

One course in mathematics or symbolic logic

Foreign Language (0-3 courses)

The foreign language proficiency is achieved by a passing grade at the 2030 level, or AP score of 4 or 5, or an SAT II achievement test of 640 or higher, a passing grade in a Tulane administered placement test.  This requirement is waived for students in B.S.E. programs.

 

Distribution Areas

Mathematics and the Natural Sciences (2 courses including 1 lab science course)

Tulane undergraduates should understand the methods of scientific inquiry.  The mathematics and natural sciences requirement will equip students to understand and assess scientific issues that affect the world today. 

Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 courses)

Tulane undergraduates should think critically about human cultures, societies, and behaviors.  This requirement acquaints students with the methods of research and inquiry in the social science disciplines.

Textual and Historical Perspectives (2 courses)

Tulane undergraduates should evaluate literary, philosophical, and historical texts.  This area of the curriculum introduces exposes students to the methods used to examine and interpret fundamental issues of human experience.

Aesthetics and the Creative Arts (1 course)

Tulane undergraduate students should be able to understand and appreciate the creative process and various forms of artistic expression.

 

The First Year Seminar

This requirement can be satisfied by

TIDES (1 course, S/U graded)
or
The Honors Colloquium

 

Public Service

All students will complete public service that is satisfied by service learning courses, an approved internship, or research experience.  These courses can also be used to satisfy other areas of general education.  The nature of the requirement is to be determined by the NTC faculty.  Currently this is a two-tiered experience.

Race and Inclusion

One course on race and inclusion in the U.S. This requirement should be completed by end of the sophomore year. These courses can also be used to satisfy other areas of general education and will be determined by the NTC Curriculum Committee and NTC faculty.

Global Perspectives

One course that focuses on a global-international context from a perspective outside of the U.S. At least 60% of content with stated objectives to develop historical, cultural and societal knowledge of an area beyond the U.S. is a criterion for the course to fulfill this requirement. This requirement should be completed by end of the sophomore year. These courses can also be used to satisfy other areas of general education and will be determined by the NTC curriculum Committee and NTC faculty.

The “Race and Inclusion” course and the “Global Perspectives" course may be used to satisfy other areas of the General Education Curriculum.  Inclusion of a course in any and all categories of the new curriculum will be proposed by the Departments and must be ratified by the Newcomb Tulane Curriculum Committee and the Newcomb Tulane College faculty.