Tulane University

Undergraduate Admission

Core Curriculum

All undergraduates share a common core curriculum designed to ensure students have a well-rounded base of knowledge and to spark academic curiosity. Each student will additionally have school- and major-specific requirements depending on the area(s) of study.

In response to an increasingly globalized world, the core curriculum focuses on multidisciplinary academic and community experiences. One highlight of the core curriculum is the value placed on public service. All students are required to participate in one or more service learning courses, which bridge classroom instruction and community practice.

Below is a basic outline of Tulane's core requirements. You'll find more specific information about the core curriculum here.
  • First-Year Writing (4 credits)
  • Foreign Language (4-8 credits)
  • Scientific Inquiry (9-12 credits)
    • Quantitative Reasoning (3-4 credits)
    • Science & Mathematics (6-8 credits)
  • Cultural Knowledge (12 credits)
    • Humanities (3 credits)
    • Fine Arts (3 credits)
    • Social Sciences (6 credits)
  • Public Service
  • First-Year Tulane Interdisciplinary Experience Seminar (TIDES)
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Did You Know?

Tulane's student-run newspaper, The Hullabaloo, has won the Associated Collegiate Press' Pacemaker Award for best college newspaper a number of times, including in 2013, 2011, 2002, 1998, 1996, and 1994.