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Summer 2023: Level Up with Liberal Arts

Summer Classes at the School of Liberal Arts, Tulane University

Level up this summer with summer courses at Tulane's School of Liberal Arts! Our 25+ summer courses span May, June, and July sessions and are open to both current and visiting students. Learn from incredible faculty, explore new career paths, expand your education, and experience New Orleans in-person and online.

Whether you're a Tulane student or alum, a local New Orleans professional, or a remote learner—there's something for everyone.

Liberal Arts Summer 2023 courses are open to anyone looking for new ways to learn and work collaboratively. Our courses are designed to help you:

  • Gain Industry-Specific Results & Skills
  • Learn Directly from Key Industry Experts
  • Make an Impact Through Service-Learning in Greater New Orleans
  • Start or Finish a Minor Degree
  • Work Toward Core Tulane Requirements

To sum it up? Immersive Learning + Digital Flexibility = Leveling Up with Tulane Liberal Arts!

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Summer Courses at Tulane University School of Liberal Arts

Tulane Liberal Arts — Summer 2023 Course Listings

Tulane Students filming in Creative Industries summer classes

Creative Industries

Embrace our local “creative economy” and learn the entrepreneurial & business sides of success as an artistic professional, while pursuing a Creative Industries Certificate!

Creative Industries Summer Courses

  • MUSC 2800: Intro to Music Business with Anders Osborne
    Instructor: William A. Taylor | 3 credits | May 15-May 26 (hybrid) | M-F 9:30-1:00 pm
    Join legendary singer-songwriter Anders Osborne and music industry veteran Bill Taylor to learn the history of the business, build leadership skills, and explore diverse professional pathways under the guidance of special in-class guests.

  • SLAM 3030: Principles of Marketing: Innovative Strategy in Creative Arts Industries
    Instructor: Lindsay Moylan Adler | 3 credits | May 15-May 26 (hybrid) | M-F 1:30-5:30 pm
    Analyze best-in-class strategies for marketing cultural arts while sharpening your skills in writing, collaboration and ideation under the mentorship of New Orleans creative and nonprofit professionals.

  • SLAM 3070: Non-Profit Development
    Instructor: Leslie Scott | 3 or 4 credits with service-learning option | May 30-Jun3 30 (online) | M-F 1:00-2:30 pm
    Explore the historic impacts of arts organizations on communities and study fundraising and marketing strategies employed by successful local NFPs who drive social change.

  • SLAM 4010: Leadership Strategies in Creative Industries
    Instructor: TBA | 3 or 4 credits with 1-credit internship | May 30-June 30 (hybrid) | M-F 9:00-10:30 am
    Gain the perspective needed to develop—and skills needed to lead—a diverse team, and examine the creative industries through the lens of social justice and racial reconciliation.

  • SLAM 4020: Branding and Storytelling for Creative Industries
    Instructor: TBA | 3 or 4 credits with 1-credit internship | May 30-June 30 (hybrid) | M-F 11:00-12:30 pm
    Harness branding, media and storytelling tools to develop your public relations skills as an artist, and learn how to meaningfully connect with your consumers wherever they are.

  • SLAM 4030: Data-Driven Decision Making for Creative Businesses
    Instructor: Allyson Heumann | 3 or 4 credits with 1-credit internship | July 3-August 4 (hybrid) | M-F 11:00-12:30 pm
    Learn how to use data to raise venture capital and crowdsource funding for your creative work, as well as how to boost revenue through e-commerce and engagement.

  • SLAM 4040: Legal Strategies for Businesses and Creatives
    Instructor: Wayne R. Gard | 3 or 4 credits with 1-credit internship | May 30-June 30 (hybrid) | M-F 3:00-4:30 pm
    Understand the legal principles needed to grow a successful business as a creative, including how to develop and negotiate contracts, and monetize (and protect!) your intellectual property.

Environmental Studies Summer Classes at Tulane

Environmental Studies

Dig deep (literally) into vital issues of environmental and social justice and community preservation in the Gulf South region. Minor option.

Environmental Studies Summer Courses

  • COMM 3520: Environmental Crisis in World Cinema
    Instructor: Antonio Gómez | 3 or 4 credits | July 3-August 4 (online) | M-F 11:00-12:30 pm
    As you watch, analyze and consider if these global films about environmental disasters, ecological issues, and climate change promote activism or contribute to the crisis.

  • COMM 3730 / EVST 3950: Race, Nature & Disaster
    Instructor: Clare Daniel | 3 credits | May 30-June 30 (online) | M-F 11:00-12:30 pm
    Examine the intersection of these concepts in global politics and economic policy, and how structural racism has made marginalized groups disproportionately vulnerable to wide-scale disasters.

  • EVST 3310: Approaches to Environmental Studies
    Instructor: Nicole Katin | 3 credits | May 15-May 26 (hybrid) | M-F 9:30-1:30 pm
    Understand the complex relationship between human society and natural ecosystems, and hone the skills necessary to shed scholarly light on environmental issues.

  • EVST 3951: Expository Writing on Climate
    Instructor: TBA | 3 credits | July 3-August 4 (hybrid) | M-F 3:30-5:00 pm
    Explore the emotional toll of the climate crisis through personal essays, drawing from the works of past and present luminaries to discover and finesse your own voice.

  • EVST 4210: Environmental & Social Justice in NOLA
    Instructor: Christopher Oliver | 4 credits | May 30-June 30 (hybrid) | M-F 2:00-3:30 pm
    Frame and analyze environmental and social justice issues while engaging in impactful field research within the Greater New Orleans region.

US Public Policy Summer Classes at Tulane

U.S. Public Policy

Analyze public policy at local and federal levels, and gain invaluable hands-on research experience within New Orleans local government. Minor option.

US Public Policy Minor Summer Courses

  • COMM 3810: Race & Prison in Public Policy
    Instructor: Jerome Dent | 3 credits | May 30-June 30 (online) | M-F 9:00-10:45 am
    Knowing that black and brown folks are overrepresented in our prisons, this course explores the policies responsible for U.S. incarceration rates, with a particular focus on the history of The Louisiana State Penitentiary.

  • COMM 3811: Media & Internet Policy
    Instructor: Ben Pearson | 3 credits | July 31-August 11 (online) | M-F 9:30-1:30 pm
    Deep dive into one of the largest, most politically and culturally influential AND most profitable infrastructures in the world—the American media & communications ecosystem.

  • PECN 4970: Political Economy and Public Policy
    Instructor: Kathleen Weaver | 3 credits | May 30-June 30 (in-person or online) | M-F 11:00-12:45 pm
    Explore how political economy shapes American public policy and distribution of power, focusing on case studies of economic inequality and proposed solutions.

  • POLA 3010: Early Childhood and K-12 Education Policy
    Instructor: Lindsay Weixler & TBA | 3 credits | May 15-May 26 (in-person) | M-F 9:00-1:00 pm
    Understand academic and practical perspectives on key issues in U.S. education policy, learning from local policymakers and experts in our early childhood and K-12 systems.

  • POLA 3240: Public Policy
    Instructor: Anna Mahoney | 3 credits | May 15-May 26 (in-person or online) | M-F 9:30-1:30 pm
    Study why some domestic problems reach the political agenda and others do not, with a deep dive into the actors, processes and values that shape our public policy.

  • POLA 4110: Policy Research Shop
    Instructor: Brian Brox | 3 credits | May 30-June 30 (in-person or online) | M-F 1:00-2:45 pm
    Produce a product for city government officials while expanding your knowledge of urban politics, governance, public policymaking and policy research.

Science, Medicine, Technology Summer Classes at Tulane

Science, Medicine, Technology & Society

Interested in med school? In partnership with Tulane's School of Medicine, untangle the complex and critical disciplines of SMTS to better address current crises.

Science, Medicine, Technology & Society Summer Courses

  • BEMH 6002: Foundations in Bioethics
    Instructor: Valerie Holliday | 3 credits | June 05-July 28 (online) | T&TR 4:00-6:30 pm
    Consider questions about the foundations of medicine, illness and the physician-patient relationship while debating how to solve urgent moral and social justice issues.

  • BEMH 6013: Medicine and Identity
    Instructor: Ben Saxton, Cathy Lazarus & Kristi Anderson | 3 credits | June 05-July 28 (online) | T&TR 1:00-3:30 pm
    Explore how social identities of race, gender and ability affect medical experiences from the perspectives of: historical context & framing, first- & third-person; fiction & nonfiction; and contemporary voices.

  • BEMH 6810: Bioethics at the Movies
    Instructor: Stephen Hanson | 3 credits | June 05-July 28 (hybrid) | M&W 1:00-3:30 pm
    Examine and debate issues of bioethics portrayed in films, covering concepts from medical research and healthcare policy to end of life care.

  • COMM 3730 / EVST 3950 / BEMH 6812 (SOM): Race, Nature & Disaster
    Instructor: Clare Daniel | 3 credits | May 30-June 30 (online) | M-F 1:00-12:30 pm
    Examine the intersection of these concepts in global politics and economic policy, and how structural racism has made marginalized groups disproportionately vulnerable to wide-scale disasters.

  • HISL 2914 / BEMH 6811 (SOM): Medicine and Public Health in Latin America
    Instructor: Felipe Cruz | 3 credits | May 30-June 30 (online) | M-F 10:00-11:30 am
    Explore Latin America's fascinating history of medicine and global impact, from early Indigenous, African and European healing practices to the 20th century's greatest public health challenges.

  • HISU 3500 / BEMH 6535 (SOM): Contagious Surveillance
    Instructor: Jacquelyne Howard | 3 credits | May 15-May 26 (online)) | M-F 1:00-4:00 pm
    Examine past and present relationships between contagions and their surveillance practices in the U.S., exploring how patriarchal power and racialized systems have been used to promote perceptions of security, fear, exposure and control.

Native American Studies Summer Classes at Tulane

Native American Studies

Explore Indigenous U.S. history and help revive the Tunica-Biloxi tribe of Louisiana's nearly lost language through immersive service-learning on their tribal land in Marksville, Louisiana.
Lapuhch! (Tunica for “It would be a good thing!”). Minor option.

Native American Studies Summer Courses

  • ANTH 1101: Introduction to Native American Studies
    Instructor: Christopher Wheatley | 3 credits | July 31-August 11 (online) | M-F 9:00-1:00 pm
    Explore the historical and modern issues of Indigenous peoples, focusing on vignettes of the cultures, languages, philosophies and lifeways of Native American groups in the U.S.

  • LING 3000: Tunica Louisiana's Sleeping Language
    Instructor: Judith Maxwell | 4 credits | June 05-June 09 (in-person) & June 12-June 15 (Marksville, LA) | M-F 9:00-12:00 pm
    Address the processes of language death and second language teaching methods before participating in the Tunica-Biloxi tribe's Language Summer Camp in Marksville, Louisiana, learning elementary Tunica while facilitating Indigenous sports and craft activities.

Registration for Summer 2023 opens Monday, April 10th via Class Scheduler.
Questions? Email Kendra Paige, Administrative Program Coordinator, at