Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Internships (LAST4560, LAST4570)

Field experience, in the form of local and international community service and internships is an integral part of the Latin American Studies curriculum. The Stone Center for Latin American Studies works closely with the Center for Public Service to offer internships with local, national and international agencies for academic credit, combining a relevant academic component with experiential learning. These internships are open to senior majors in good academic standing. Students interested in pursuing an internship should contact the Center for Public Service prior to the start of the semester in which the internship will take place.

Service Learning (LAST3890)

LAST 1010 and LAST 1020 are designated service learning courses. Students enrolled in these classes complete a 40-hour community service activity that is tied closely to the academic content of the course and complete a reflection component, such as a weekly journal or regular discussions of their experiences. Community sites include city schools and organizations with a focus on Latin America-related activities or Latin American immigrants. General information is available through the Center for Public Service.

Honors Thesis (LAST4990, LAST5000)
The senior thesis is a major undertaking and an invaluable opportunity for graduating Latin American Studies majors. All students enrolled in the Honors Program are required to write a thesis to graduate with honors, but all seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 and a GPA of 3.5 in the Latin American Studies major are eligible to write a senior thesis and to graduate cum laude. Although the primary research and writing of the thesis takes place over your senior year, you should begin planning and reading background materials, talking with potential advisors, and searching for sources in the Spring of your junior year.

The thesis provides an opportunity to bring together your interests and experiences in Latin America and the interdisciplinary skills and methods you have acquired during your years as a Latin American Studies major. Writing a thesis allows students to engage in debates with other scholars, to transform scattered and undigested information into a meaningful narrative and a compelling interpretation, and to begin to focus your interests and abilities in anticipation of graduation. While this is the essential work of graduate school and professional in the field, it is also the pinnacle of the kinds of research and communication skills that the Latin American Studies aims to instill in all of its students.

Thesis writers enroll in LAST 4990 for 3 credits in fall semester and LAST 5000 for 4 credits in spring semester. Students pursuing a double major who wish to write their thesis in two departments may enroll in thesis hours in Latin American Studies for one semester and in the second department for the other semester. In addition to successful completion and defense of the thesis, Latin American Studies requires that departmental honors students achieve an A- or better in the Core Seminar. All students, whether enrolled in the Honors Program or not must register their thesis with the Honors Program Office and meet all Honors Program deadlines and requirements for thesis writers.

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Final Push Fridays: Graduate Research & Writing Support

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Every Friday from 10am-12pm CDT, The Latin American Library and Stone Center are co-hosting a virtual work-along for Latin Americanist graduate students to support each other in their research and writing goals. The Zoom meeting has two break-out options: participants may choose to troubleshoot research and methodological questions with an LAL librarian and/or work towards their writing objectives alongside a community of their peers. We hope you will join us when you can!

Central America, People and the Environment Educator Institute 2021

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This summer educator institute is the third institute in a series being offered by Tulane University, The University of Georgia and Vanderbilt University. This series of institutes is designed to enhance the presence of Central America in the K-12 classroom. Each year, participants engage with presenters, resources and other K-12 colleagues to explore diverse topics in Central America with a focus on people and the environment.

While at Tulane, the institute will explore the historic connections between the United States and Central America focusing on indigenous communities and environment while highlighting topics of social justice and environmental conservation. Join us to explore Central America and teaching strategies to implement into the classroom.

Additional details and registration will be available in the late fall 2020. For more information, please email dwolteri@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164.