The mission of the Tulane InterDisciplinary Experience Seminars (TIDES) Program is to offer incoming freshmen a valuable opportunity to get to know some of our most distinguished faculty and their fellow students both as scholars and friends while exploring an academic topic with an interdisciplinary approach. TIDES faculty are drawn from all of the different divisions and schools from within the university, and the TIDES topics focus on issues of social and academic relevance.
Each TIDES course includes a series of seminars whose aim is to foster intellectual discussions in small groups of around 15 students. In addition there are recommended classes, invited speakers, special programs, films, field trips, social events, and electronic bulletin boards, that all tie in with the TIDES topic. Participation in these group activities help students get to know their professor and classmates through more casual and social interaction. Exposure to campus resources and assets in the community helps new students learn more about their new home at Tulane University and in New Orleans.
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