Tulane Pre-College offers several courses within the humanities that give college-bound middle and high school students a transformative educational experience and a taste of college life at a renowned university. Students can explore a wide range of subjects, engage with Tulane instructors and faculty, and live and study alongside fellow participants who are similarly interested in better understanding the complexities of our ever-evolving world.
The learning environment and structure of the courses give students the opportunity to delve deep into various issues, going far beyond the typical middle and high school curriculum. Students will develop the critical thinking skills and interdisciplinary understanding that are essential for success in college and beyond.
Studying the humanities involves thinking about philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history, and language. By exploring the humanities, students will gain a better sense of the world and grow as a global citizen. Develop your writing and research ability this summer and gain in-demand skills in creative problem solving, communication, research, and leadership through courses in debate, history, social work, political science, and social policy and practice.
In addition to classes, students participate in a variety of programs, activities, and excursions designed to prepare them for college life. Students live together in an undergraduate residence hall on campus, enjoy Tulane facilities, engage with faculty and meet other Pre-College students from around the country and the globe.
Tulane Pre-College Summer Enrichment Institute offers both one-week and two-week enrichment (noncredit) courses in a wide range of academic disciplines within the humanities and STEM fields. All courses give middle and high school students the opportunity to explore the humanities and get an exciting glimpse of academic and residential life at a top-ranked university.
Students enrolled in these enrichment courses participate in a variety of classwork, activities, and excursions designed to provide a challenging and engaging academic experience. Enrichment courses are open to middle and high school students and are offered as a two-week residential or one-week day option for students who live within commuting distance of campus.
Who will be teaching my class?
Distinguished Tulane faculty and instructors who are experts in their field.
Can I take more than one course?
Students who wish to take multiple courses can enroll in additional sessions.
Will there be tests and assignments?
College credit courses have graded tests and assignments. Enrichment courses generally do not require work outside of class.
Will I receive college credit?
Enrichment courses do not earn credit.
Do I need experience to enroll in a class?
The critical factor is that you are motivated and interested in learning about the subject.
What supplies do I need to bring?
All supplies are included in the Enrichment program. Students taking college credit courses should bring something to write with.
Intro to Social Policy and Practice
Have you ever wondered why the U.S. has spent almost 16 trillion dollars on poverty programs, yet roughly 47 million people still live below the poverty line? Ever wondered why the U.S. incarcerates more people than any other country in the world, yet still has a very high crime rate? This course examines the impact of social policies on the people affected by them.
Architecture: Digital and Tactile Design
Explore the fundamentals of design and thinking at the architectural scale through one of our studio-based courses offered through the School of Architecture. No specialized knowledge or background is needed, beyond a serious interest in architectural design.
Middle School Debate
Debate is fantastic preparation for basic life skills. Our one-week middle school debate program is a perfect introduction to the fundamentals of debate as well a great opportunity for intermediate and experienced debaters to build their skills.
Newcomb Summer Session
Get a preview of the college classroom through one of the five courses offered in Newcomb Summer Session. Explore gender and social justice issues through topics like leadership, communications and activism, technology, history, or writing.
Computers and Musical Creativity
Explore intersections between music, engineering, production, and computer programming, with a focus on the creative applications of technology in the creation of music. This course encourages creativity both in technical research and in composition for various media and performance.