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English 1010 Courage and the Examined Life (4 Credits)

The purpose of English 1010 is to teach students to write clearly and to organize complex arguments that engage in a scholarly way with expert knowledge. Our particular section of English 1010 will achieve those objectives using readings by classical and contemporary authors who have thought deeply about courage and what it means to live a reflective life. These readings will be springboards for regular blog commentaries, in-class discussions, papers, and multiple revisions. We will work together as a discourse community to understand the readings and help each other to compose and revise various kinds of papers. Throughout the class we will develop effective critical thinking, argumentation, and rhetorical analysis skills.

TAYLOR Your Life for Undergraduates 1 Credit)

TAYLOR Your Life is a changemaking career development lab that teaches undergraduate students how to approach their future with the mindset and toolkit of a designer. Students in this course ideate multiple life paths, clarify their interests, focus and target their search, prototype and test elements of careers that interest them, market and brand themselves to stand out from the crowd, and map their community to effectively join the network of movers and shakers in their field.

MATH 1001 College Mathematics Preparation (1 Credit)

An introduction to problem-solving and analytical reasoning along three different tracks, with an eye on preparation for future math courses at Tulane. The three tracks are calculus, calculus with pre-calculus review, and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on evaluating information given in a problem, breaking down complex problems into simpler components, developing multiple approaches to obtain the desired information, and assessing the feasibility of various approaches to solving the problem at hand, with examples chosen from the student's particular track.

Sample Coursework Schedules

June 29 and July 31, 2020

In the 2020 NTCSE program, students attend some virtual events synchronously, but they spend most of their time completing coursework on their own. Here are three sample schedules for how students can organize their time depending on their timezone. 

ConnecTU Mentors

College Math Preparation

Padi Fuster Aguilera, Department of Mathematics

Padi Fuster HeadshotPadi Fuster is a PhD candidate in the math department at Tulane. She obtained her BS from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and her MS at the University of New Orleans. Her research is in Applied Mathematics, specifically on partial differential equations models for chemotaxis. She has taught for College Track New Orleans and the Center for Academic Equity, and her initiative led to the creation of the Math Center at Tulane.  She is also the founder of Math For All in New Orleans - an inclusive math conference at Tulane University - and co-founder of Meet a Mathematician - a series of short video interviews with mathematicians from under-represented groups.

Padi is also a musician and has played guitar in bands and toured Europe and the US. She is originally from Spain.

Will Tran, Department of Mathematics

Will Tran HeadshotWill grew up in California and studied Computer Science during his undergraduate education. After working for a few years in industry (tech, healthcare, informatics, e-commerce), Will “saw the light”, and decided to go back to school to complete his Masters in Mathematics. He is now entering his second year hear at Tulane’s Mathematics PhD program. Eventually, Will wants to teach and retire early. In his free time, he plays video games, bakes cobblers, runs marathons, and entertains his cat – Euclid.


Courage and the Examined Life

Ryan McBride, Center for Public Service

Ryan McBride HeadshotRyan McBride is an Administrative Associate Professor in English and at the Center for Public Service. He teaches writing courses of various sorts and specializes in classical rhetoric. His best known class is a section of Persuasive Writing (ENLS 3650) called "Aristotle in New Orleans" which combines an intensive study of Aristotelian ethics and Quintilian's vision of rhetoric with a service learning project that has his students coaching middle school debate in New Orleans public schools. McBride co-directs the local middle school debate league where his students coach, along with a number of teachers, Tulane alumni, and Xavier faculty. The program has earned a grant from the American Philosophical Association, awards from mayors Nagin, Landrieu, and Cantrell and is used as a national model by the Middle School Public Debate Program. McBride also directs the Tulane Mellon Graduate Program in Community-Engaged Scholarship, an interdisciplinary certificate program that brings together graduate students in the humanities, community leaders, and faculty for a multifaceted two-year cohort experience. The program supports participants as they connect their academic interests to new communities and work with those communities to develop public scholarship that is collaborative, reciprocal, and grounded in social justice.