Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Introduction to Latin American Studies I (LAST1010)

Majors and minors in Latin American Studies must take LAST 1010, a wide-ranging interdisciplinary discussion of Latin America with an emphasis on the 20th century. The course probes the social and cultural institutions and production of modern Latin America through the concepts of Encounter, Identity, Nation, and Welfare. Readings, lectures, discussions, and media presentations are integral components of the course.

The objective of the course is to introduce students to the region, institutions, and cultural production of Latin America. Students will become familiar with the physical, political, and cultural boundaries of the region and then examine modern Latin America through the use of case studies, primary source materials, discussion and current research.

Several sections of this course are offered each fall semester and one section is offered in the first summer session. During the regular semester, LAST 1010 is designated a service learning course and all sections fulfill the University’s Comparative Cultures and International Perspectives and Perspectives Outside the European Tradition distribution requirements.

Introduction to Latin American Studies II (LAST1020)

Majors and minors in Latin American Studies must take LAST 1020, a wide-ranging interdisciplinary discussion of Latin America with an emphasis on the 20th century. The course probes the social and cultural institutions and production of modern Latin America through the concepts of Creativity, Exchange, Land, and Peoples. Readings, lectures, discussions, and media presentations are integral components of the course.

The objective of the course is to introduce students to the region, institutions, and cultural production of Latin America. Students will become familiar with the physical, political, and cultural boundaries of the region and then examine modern Latin America through the use of case studies, primary source materials, discussion and current research.

Several sections of this course are offered each spring semester and one section is offered in the second summer session. During the regular semester LAST 1020 is designated a service learning course and all sections fulfill the University’s Comparative Cultures and International Perspectives and Perspectives Outside the European Tradition distribution requirements.

Undergraduate Core Seminar in Latin American Studies (LAST 4000)

This course is the Latin American Studies cap-stone class and is required of all senior students majoring in Latin American Studies. The Core Seminar develops students’ capacity for interdisciplinary problem solving and understanding of Latin American social and cultural institutions and production. The course has two main components: (1) in effort to prepare students for advanced graduate study, students research and write a major research paper, which they present in a professional style conference held at the end of the semester; and (2) students participate in career exploration and development, working on tailoring and presenting their education in terms relevant to professional occupations, and writing resumes and cover letters. The course culminates in TUCLA, the Tulane Undergraduate Conference on Latin America, a public presentation of students’ research and scholarship. Download the schedule, abstracts and participant biographies for last year’s TUCLA conference.

The objectives of the course are:
  • to create a climate of advanced interdisciplinary research and intellectual exchange whereby students develop an ability to perform professionally in an advanced academic setting through seminar discussion and research paper presentation
  • to expose students to interdisciplinary methodologies and thus develop critical thinking skills that will enable them to synthesize multiple disciplines and some of their corresponding theories/methodologies effectively around common themes
  • to explore and test the viability and applicability of Latin American Studies training to a variety of post-graduate career possibilities.

The Core Seminar is offered only in the fall semester and fulfills the University’s Writing Intensive Course distribution requirement.

Independent Studies (LAST4910, LAST4920)

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies also offers students the opportunity for independent study under the direction of a faculty member. The work may take the form of directed readings, library research, or original composition. Instead of traditional class attendance, the student substitutes conferences, as needed, with the faculty director of the independent study course.

Students are permitted to design two independent studies in the course of the undergraduate studies at Tulane; however, they may not occur in the same semester.

Students interested in designing an independent study for credit in Latin American Studies should use the following process:
  • The student selects a faculty member appropriate for the topic of the proposed study and secures his/her willingness to direct the independent study
  • The student then devises a maximum 13 character title (including spaces) for the proposed independent study, which will subsequently appear on the student’s transcript
  • The student and faculty director decide on the format, workload, and method of evaluation for the independent study and put this in writing, accompanied by the faculty director’s signature
  • Finally, the student submits all materials, including a completed proposal form, which is obtained from the Center for Latin American Studies, to the Undergraduate Advisor in the Center for Latin American Studies, who will then approve the independent study and formally register the student for the independent study.

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Join Kaqchikel learners and speakers at all levels to practice your language skills at this bi-monthly conversation table. Participants in the Oct. 28 session will get the chance to read the short story “Ri töp chuqa’ ri kär”/“The Crab and the Fish” alongside its author, Mtra. Magda Sotz (aka Ixkamey).

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Join Kaqchikel learners and speakers at all levels to practice your language skills at this bi-monthly conversation table. Nov. 12 is game day with Mtro. Edy Rene Guaján (aka Lajuj B’atz’)! Come prepared to play along and laugh.

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Join Kaqchikel learners and speakers at all levels to practice your language skills at this bi-monthly conversation table. It’s the holiday season on Dec. 2. Join Mtro. Marco Antonio Guaján (aka Mokchewan) to compare your favorite holiday celebrations.

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