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Honors RLC

students stand in a science lab with professors. quote reads "A great community is all about who you live with. The  Honors RLC is full of students who are driven to go  beyond the classroom to explore what it means to  learn. We’re inspired to research topics that interest us —even if they aren’t ones from our classes! Honors  encourages us to reach beyond what’s expected.” Jeong Min Oh, RA in Weatherhead Hall

The Honors Community embraces the ideal of scholarly engagement as a goal for all high-achieving students. Through increased interaction with faculty both inside and outside the classroom, students are immersed in a collaborative, intellectual, and close-knit social community with a focus on academic enrichment and excellence. 

Honors students are a diverse and interesting group, and living with peers engaged in rigorous academic pursuits across all disciplines enhances connection in and out of the academic arena. The Honors RLC offers the academically-gifted and intellectually curious a unique opportunity for immersion in a collaborative and supportive environment. Faculty in Residence provide opportunities for extra-curricular engagement, living alongside students and sharing their interests and support.

students listen as a professor explains a historical document. title reads "forge your future"


The Honors RLC is a collaboration between Housing and Residence Life and the Honors Program.


All first-year students at Tulane Universities are required to take a TIDES course. Members of Residential Learning Communities have the opportunity to enroll in a TIDES course that explores the concepts and values of their community in depth. In 2017, the affiliated courses for Honors are:

To enroll in the Honors Program, freshmen in the Fall semester must take either COLQ 1010, COLQ 1020, or one of the Honors sections of TIDB 1010. Any of these courses will satisfy the Freshman TIDES requirement.

  • COLQ 1010, Honors Great Books Colloquium: “How Should One Live?” 3 Credits. The Honors traditional great-books seminar, in which students and faculty instructors discuss major works of literature and philosophy that address questions fundamental to the human experience. Reading lists vary, but past reading lists have included works by Homer, Aeschylus, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Dante, Cervantes; Montaigne; Marx; Nietzsche; Austen; Dubois; Woolf; Ishiguro.
  • COLQ 1010-01, John Howard, Associate Director,Murphy Institute T R 9:30-10:45 COLQ 1010-02, Elizabeth Gross, Lecturer, Honors ProgramT R 12:30-1:45 COLQ 1010-03, John Howard, Associate Director, Murphy Institute T R 2:00-3:15
  • COLQ 1020, Faculty-Led Interdisciplinary Seminars. 1.5 Credits. These seminars meet once a week. For more information, please visit:


First-year members of the Honors RLC live in Wall Residence Hall. Second-year residents live in Weatherhead Hall.


You may apply for the Honors RLC through the student housing application process. Your answers to some supplemental, RLC-specific questions will be evaluated by a committee. If you are accepted, you will be notified and be sent more information on the room selection and roommate process.

If you have questions about the programming and initiatives that take place in this RLC, please contact Norah Lovell at If you have questions about RLC housing logistics, please contact Housing and Residence Life at