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  The Tulane InterDisciplinary Experience Seminars (TIDES) program provides first-year students with a multifaceted academic course designed to connect them with faculty and peer mentors and campus resources and opportunities that will be valuable to them throughout their time at Tulane.

Each TIDES course will connect roughly 15 students who will explore topics as varied as New Orleans culture and literature, critical examinations of popular culture, and martial arts history and practice. This is an opportunity to for first-year students to engage with whatever topic they like, free of the expectations set by an academic major. In addition, the TIDES course you choose comes with recommendations for additional courses to take, guest speakers and special programs to attend, films to watch, electronic bulletin boards to participate in, and activities and field trips throughout New Orleans.

Through the TIDES course, first-year students will develop a sense of confidence both with acclimating to Tulane’s academic community and in navigating New Orleans, make connections with people and resources on campus that they will revisit over and over again throughout their studies, and make surprising discoveries about their own academic interests and passions.