Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Latin American Studies majors and minors at Tulane gain comprehensive knowledge about Latin America through a mixture of academic study, specialized training, and research abroad. Our program embraces research, linguistic fluency, fieldwork, and direct engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean as essential to critical consciousness.

The program encourages comparative studies that provide a more profound understanding of differences among socio-cultural systems developed within Latin America, as well as of differences between Latin American systems and others throughout the hemisphere and globe. While the curriculum is principally intended as a vehicle of liberal education, the program also aims to prepare students contemplating business, commerce, communication, government or teaching/research careers in Latin America or the United States. Flexibility and creative individual initiative are the keynotes of our program.

All majors and minors work very closely with the Undergraduate Advisor to create a course of study that meets personal goals as well as University and Stone Center requirements. All undergraduate Latin American Studies students are automatically subscribed to an electronic mailing list that informs students of University and Stone Center deadlines, and of Latin America-related events both on and off campus.

Major

The major in Latin American Studies is one of the most popular courses of study at Tulane both as a singular major and as a second major. The B.A. in Latin American Studies requires a minimum of 30 hours of Latin American content coursework selected from various departmental and Latin American Studies (LAST) offerings. Students focus on one of eight thematic concentrations and must meet a language proficiency requirement in either Spanish or Portuguese (these standards are described in the Curriculum section). Majors are encouraged to participate in one of the Tulane programs in Latin America and to pursue internships both in New Orleans and Latin America. In order to graduate with departmental honors, qualified majors also write an Honor’s thesis in their final year of study.

Minor

The minor in Latin American Studies is a 15-hour program for students majoring in another discipline. Students may also elect to minor in Brazilian Studies. Both minors are excellent for those students who wish to concentrate their work in a specific discipline yet maintain a Latin American focus in their coursework.

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Consulate of Mexico Presents "Los Demonios de mi Tierra" Photo Exhibit

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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans presents the photographic exhibition:

Los Demonios de mi Tierra
by Mexican Artist Mauricio Silerio

Opening Reception
July 7th, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Art Gallery of the Mexican Consulate
901 Convention Center Blvd. Ste. 118
New Orleans, LA 70130

Exploring the 2016 US Elections

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The US’s November elections are especially critical. The world’s power structures are undergoing dramatic changes, and so the internal political process of this world leader has even greater global consequences.

Looking beyond just the US’s foreign policy is key to understanding its actions. Over the next few months, the teaching programs at several Costa Rican institutions will focus on the following:

  • An analysis of succession of power within institutional structures.
  • The role of political parties (polarization).
  • The influence of changing demographics.
  • The geographic expression of social change.
  • The effect of the democratic process in the formulation and implementation of the US’s foreign policy towards Latin American in particular.

The University of Costa Rica, through its School of Political Science, and the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Políticos (CIEP), has joined forces with the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones y su Instituto de Formación y Estudios en Democracia (IFED), as well as with the University of Tulane, through its Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR), for a series of outreach activities during the second half of 2016. These activities will utilize the resources at these educational and research institutions to promote a better understanding of the electoral process in the US.

The results of this upcoming election will have repercussions for the world, particularly in Latin American and Costa Rica. A broader, deeper understanding of the current situation will be useful for both universities and public policy decision-makers.

Participating institutions are confident that a proper analysis of this political process will lead to improved understanding and cooperation between the two nations.

Schedule of Activities

August

  • Thursday, 8/18: Talk on the United States’ electoral system by Diego Brenes, IFED.

September
  • Thursday, 9/1: Discussion on demographics and electoral geography in the US with Constantino Urcuyo and Jesús Guzmán.
  • Thursday, 9/22: Talk on Politics and Elections: Celeste Lay, Phd. Tulane University.

October
  • Thursday, 10/13: Discussion on elections and external politics: Carlos Murillo, Phd. in government and public policy.
  • Thursday, 10/27: Talk by Jenny Lincoln Fullbright from the US Embassy.

November
  • Monday, 11/10: Round table. Analysis of election results with Constantino Urcuyo, Felipe Alpízar, Nuria Marín, and Fernando Zeledón as moderator.