Catalog & Curriculum

Current Catalog

The University Catalog is a collection of university policies, academic curricula, and course descriptions.

Archive of Prior Catalogs

The Tulane University Office of the University Registrar maintains an digital archival record of the university’s academic catalogs.

Catalog and Curriculum Cycle & Systems Information for Faculty and Staff

Tulane University leverages CourseLeaf systems for Catalog, Curriculum Management, and Class Scheduling. The Curriculum Inventory Management (CIM) system was implemented in 2023 and its application is used to modify, track, and approve new and existing courses and programs. CIM uses electronic forms and workflows to manage the curricular approval process and to update university’s Catalog and Student Information System.

Catalog & Curriculum Cycle and Timeline


  • Curriculum Proposals for Courses & Programs in CIM Workflow for the 2024-2025 academic year: August-December


  • Curriculum Deadline: January (Courses), February (Programs)
  • Catalog Editing, Refinement and Publication: January-March (CAT)


  • CAT/CIM Closed for Edits: April & May
  • Curriculum Development (CIM): June & July

As the outline above indicates, our new curriculum management and academic calendar cycle is as follows:

  • Course proposals should be completed in workflow and into the Registrar a minimum of one semester in advance.
  • Program proposals should be completed in workflow and into the Registrar by the end of February for inclusion in the next University Catalog.
  • University Catalog editing occurs from January-March annually.
  • University Catalog is typically published in May.

As the university adjusts to this curriculum management system (CIM) & calendar, note the following deadlines for the 2023-2024 & 2024-2025 cycles.

  • Spring 2024/Summer 2024 Course Proposals are due to the Registrar no later than September 8, 2023. (Note in 2025, this deadline will be July 1, 2025)
  • Fall 2024 Course Proposals are due to the Registrar no later than January 26, 2024. (Note in 2026, this deadline will be December 1, 2025).
  • 2024-2025 Program Proposals (new and changed proposals) are due to the Registrar no later than February 29, 2024.
  • Spring/Summer 2025 Course Proposals are due to the Registrar no later than March 31, 2024 to be included in the 2024-2025 Academic Calendar.
  • Spring/Summer 2025 Course Proposals are due to the Registrar no later than July 1, 2024 to be available for the Spring/Summer 2025 Scheduling cycle in CourseLeaf CLSS (not available in the next Academic Catalog).
Course Management

All course proposals and revisions are managed through our Curriculum Inventory Management system (CIM). Faculty and staff may propose new courses, inactivations, or modifications of existing courses through a dynamic workflow that includes the School Curriculum Committee and Dean’s office.

Course syllabi are required for new or changed courses and must follow the Univeristy approved syllabus template or your School template, if applicable. One key piece of the syllabus is identifying the course learning outcomes, which should align with your department or program’s learning outcomes.

A course proposal must be created in the CIM Course Administration Form for any course modification including:

  • Title
  • Credits
  • Grade Mode Type
  • Prerequisites
  • Corequisites
  • Description
  • Schedule Type
  • Repeat Status
  • Restrictions (Major, college, or degree).
  • Equivalencies
  • Co-Ops (School of Liberal Arts)
  • Course Attributes

If you would like to request the course to fulfill Newcomb-Tulane College Core curriculum requirements, please review the core curriculum information and select the appropriate core attribute(s) on the CIM Course Admin form. Your proposal must include details about how a course satisfies the selected Core Attribute(s).

Please note:

  • Changing the subject code or course number requires deletion of the old course and creation of a new course.
  • Course numbers cannot be reused unless they have been inactive for 5 years or more.
CIM Course Administration Form Training Guide
Program Management

The new, changed, and inactivated academic program approval process includes several steps and points of review and are managed through our CIM Program Administration Management system. New degree types require approval from the Board of Tulane before they can be offered. Academic Program proposals are subject to the Curriculum Effective Date university policy which requires programs’ changes and new programs be effective in fall terms and be published in that academic year’s university catalog. This policy includes changes to CIP codes, which do not appear in the university catalog, but should also only be changed effective in a Fall term.

For new or changed academic programs, your proposals must include program learning outcomes as well as the planned assessment method for these learning outcomes.

Before you begin proposals, make sure that you have consulted with your dean's office and have reviewed the Office of Academic Affairs & Provost’s resources at right including the Guidelines for New Degree Programs and the Guidelines for University Certificates.

CIM Program Administration Form Training Guide

Academic Policy Management

The new, changed, and inactivated academic policy approval process includes several steps and points of review and are managed through our CIM Miscellaneous Requests Management system. Consult with the Curriculum Manager in the Office of the University Registrar for more information by submitting a Registrar Support Form.

CIM Miscellaneous Requests Management Form Training Guide

About Curriculum Workflows

All program, course, and program additions, inactivations and modifications have a predefined reviewer workflow: a sequential chain of users, assigned to roles, who are required to review and approve requests each academic year.

Workflows for course requests typically start with a faculty member, proceed to the department chair or program director, and receive final approval by the dean who oversees curricula for that college, school or program. Each college, school and program has its own unique curriculum workflow that is separate from its catalog workflow.

If you have questions about your curriculum workflow(s), contact the Office of the Registrar by submitting a Registrar Support Form.

Catalog Editing

The Catalog editing cycle typically occurs between January and March annually. All curricular changes flow to the Catalog via the Curriculum Inventory Management (CIM) system and cannot be submitted as edits to the catalog pages. This applies to all course- and program-level changes for majors, minors, certificates and graduate programs.

Catalog editing guide Approving a catalog page

Catalog & Curriculum Systems’ Access and Training

To request access and/or training to our Catalog and Curriculum Management Systems, kindly submit a Registrar Support Form. On-demand training sessions for individuals, departments, programs and schools are readily available on an as-needed basis throughout the year.