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Undergraduate Studies

A liberal arts education helps students develop and enhance 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.

If students are to achieve the breadth appropriate to a liberal arts education, the Liberal Arts faculty believe that they need to go beyond the requirements of the general core curriculum of Newcomb-Tulane College, in terms of both basic proficiency skills and distribution requirements. Therefore, all students in the School of Liberal Arts must take courses in the following areas in addition their general core courses:

The major is the means by which students achieve depth. Students should go to Departments & Programs for links to each of the 15 departments and 21 programs in the School of Liberal Arts in which they can major, where the requirements for the major (and minor) are described.


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. At least half of the course work required for majors must be completed at Tulane University. For a triple major, 27 non-lapping courses are required.

Self-designed Majors

A student with a 3.50 GPA may construct a unique self-designed coordinate major program of study by grouping courses from different academic departments and programs primarily in Liberal Arts. While interdisciplinary in nature, a self-designed major should be focused and not too broad in scope. Self-designed major proposals require a petition to the Committee on Undergraduate Academic Requirements, which may grant approval after review.

Required elements for the self-designed Middle East Studies major


Students may complete 1-2 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 (MC note: this will increase to 27 in Fall 2015). 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.

Exceptions to the academic requirements of the School of Liberal Arts can only be granted by petitioning the Committee on Undergraduate Academic Requirements. Exceptions to major and minor requirements can only be granted by the department or program.