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.
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.
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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- Opening Reception "Maya Ruins and the Passage of Time: The Stephens and Catherwood Project"
- 34K FT: Photographs from 34,000 feet
- New Orleans and the Spanish World
- A Presentation and Discussion with Dr. Daniel Bonilla Maldonado
- LAL Greenleaf Fellow Work in Progress Talk by Eugenia López Velázquez
- MARI Brown Bag: Christopher Rodning "Joara, Cuenca, and Fort San Juan: The Northern Borderlands of La Florida, 1566-1568"
- Summer in Argentina Program Info Session
- MARI Brown Bag: Jason Nesbitt "Sourcing Obsidian at Campanayuq Rumi: New Perspectives for Understanding Chavín Interaction (1100-500 BC)"
- Native American Chiefdoms and Spanish Conquistadors in Western North Carolina 1540-1568
- Mesa Redonda/Round Table Discussion: U.S.-Cuba Relations
- Photographic Exhibit: "Mexico, World Heritage Cities"
- Death in Paradise: Archaeology and the Atlantic Slave Trade on St. Helena Island
- MARI Brown Bag: Rachel Horowitz "Production at the Source: Lithic Extraction and Production at Callar Creek Quarry, Belize"
- Local Students Exposed to Maya Culture
- Nora Lustig cited in BBC Mundo
- Nora Lustig Cited in Buenos Aires Herald
- Ana Lopez and Tulane's Cuba programs featured in New Wave
- Associate Director of CCSI Reflects on Cuban Policy Changes Announcement
- Summer Abroad in Latin America Applications Now Available!
Mesa Redonda/Round Table Discussion: U.S.-Cuba Relations
¡Viva Cuba! Now what?
The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute presents a round table discussion on the restoration of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, and what it may mean for life on the island. Panelists include Tulane students and faculty.
- Dr. Ana M. López, Associate Provost, Director of CCSI, Professor of Communication
- Dr. Martin Dimitrov, Associate Professor, Political Science
- Dr. Annie Gibson, Professor of Practice, CGS
- Jimena Codina, M.A. Candidate, Latin American Studies
- Boris Martin, Ph.D Candidate, History
- Dr. Carolina Caballero (moderator), Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese
All are welcome to attend. Q & A session to follow.
Friday, January 30th
100A Jones Hall
Greenleaf Conference Room
MARI Brown Bag: Christopher Rodning "Joara, Cuenca, and Fort San Juan: The Northern Borderlands of La Florida, 1566-1568"
Dr. Christopher Rodning, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, will present on his research on Spanish contact with Native North Americans in the southeastern United States.
M.A.R.I.'s Brown Bag talk series is meant to provide a venue for students and faculty focusing on topics related to Mesoamerica to discuss their latest research in an informal and friendly setting. If you are interested in presenting, please email Marcello Canuto (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. For the current speaker list of this talk series, please click here.
Please remember to bring your lunch!
A Presentation and Discussion with Dr. Daniel Bonilla Maldonado
The Payson Center for International Development and the center for Inter-American Policy and Research invite you to:
“The Political Economy of Legal Knowledge”
A presentation and discussion with Dr. Daniel Bonilla Maldonado: Faculty of Law, University of the Andes, Bogota.
Dr. Bonilla is a constitutional law scholar and the author and editor of several books, including most recently Constitutionalism of the Global South. Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Lunch will be served. RSVP for lunch to: CIPR@tulane.edu
New Orleans and the Spanish World
"New Orleans and the Spanish World” is the ninth installment of Musical Louisiana: America's Cultural Heritage, presented by the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra, The Historic New Orleans Collection, the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans, and Pan American Life. The popular series examines different aspects of the state's contributions to classical music with an annual free concert at St. Louis Cathedral. This year’s concert, New Orleans and the Spanish World, features music by composers including Ricardo Castro Herrera, Francisco Asenjo Barbieri, and Louis-Hector Berlioz. The concert will be conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto and feature baritone Damian del Castillo, of Spain, and pianist Abdiel Vazquez, of Mexico.
Free and open to the public. Live streaming of the event can be seen at LPOmusic.com and WWNO will broadcast the concert live at 89.9 FM in the New Orleans area. For more information visit the LPO website.
LAL Greenleaf Fellow Work in Progress Talk by Eugenia López Velázquez
Please join us for a work-in-progress talk by Eugenia López Velázquez, LAL Greenleaf Fellow 2014-2015.
The talk will be in Spanish. Refreshments will follow.
Pueblos de indios, de ladinos y mulatos, en una época de transición (1765-1830)/Indian, Ladino and Mulatto Towns/Communities in an Age of Transition.
Se trata de un estudio dentro del territorio salvadoreño y del contexto centroamericano. Es una investigación que tiene por objeto estudiar las transformaciones ocurridas en los pueblos de indios, de mulato y de ladinos, dentro del período de transición, que va de los años de la aplicación de las reformas borbónicas de Carlos III, de la crisis monárquica e independencia, a los primeros años de vida independiente, en el período de la República Federal de Centro América. Se trata de una investigación en la que la vertiente central serán las prácticas de poder en el plano local, provincial y central para penetrar en dos realidades: en la política-administrativa y en lo socioeconómico. Dentro de esto se busca delinear las transformaciones de la vida de los pueblos, particularmente los cambios y continuidades en torno a la autonomía, los recursos, las corporaciones comunes y a la posesión de las tierras comunales y ejidales.
This project focuses on the territory of El Salvador, within a Central American context. The purpose is to study transformations in Indian, Ladino and Mulatto communities during the period of transition stretching from the Bourbon Reforms of Charles III through the crisis of the monarchy and political independence, to the initial years of independent life during the period of the Federal Republic of Central America. The project centers on the practices of power in local, provincial, and central spheres with a focus on political, administrative and socio-economic factors. The goal is to trace transformations in the life of these communities, especially changes and continuities surrounding autonomy, resources, communal corporations and the possession of communal lands and ejidos.
María Eugenia López Velásquez teaches history at Universidad de El Salvador in San Salvador. She holds a Licenciatura in History at Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia in Mexico, and an M.A. in Modern and contemporary history from Instituto Mora in Mexico City. Her thesis on on the role of Salvadoran elites during the period of annexation to Mexico (1821-1823) was published as a monograph in 2000 by CONCULTURA. María Eugenia López has also received archival training, and from 1998 to 2005 she was Director of the National Archives of El Salvador. She is the author of numerous articles on Salvadoran history, particularly the colonial and early Independence periods; she has written as well on oral histories and archives in her country. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the School of Social Sciences at Colegio de Michoacán in Mexico working on a dissertation on Pueblos de indios, de ladinos y mulatos en una época de transición (1765-1830).
Mobilizing at the Margins: Citizenship, Identity, and Democracy
Tulane University's Latin American Graduate Organization invites your attendance at the 2015 Graduate Conference where you can meet graduate scholars, faculty, and community leaders interested in Latin America, explore the city, and experience the unique Mardi Gras season in New Orleans!
This year's conference encourages participants to engage with historical and emerging confrontations and reconfigurations of national identification, expressions of individual or communal identity, performances of citizenship, and re-imaginings of democracy within the context of Latin America. Latin America and the Caribbean encompass vast cultural, linguistic, and geographic diversity, making the region a subject of prolific scholarly study across disciplines. Within this complexity, conceptualizations of citizenship, identity, and democracy are constantly being negotiated, contested, and reframed in a multitude of contexts. These various encounters highlight the ways in which individuals interact with their communities, how communities define themselves within and/or beyond the framework of national borders, and how power and politics play out in an increasingly interconnected and decentralized global community.
Our keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Lara Putnam. Lara Putnam is Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research has explored labor migration; state racism; and the ways kinship, gender, and sexuality both shape and are shaped by large-scale political and economic shifts. Publications include Radical Moves: Caribbean Migrants and the Politics of Race in the Jazz Age (UNC Press, 2013), The Company They Kept: Migrants and the Politics of Gender in Caribbean Costa Rica, 1870-1960 (UNC Press, 2002), and recent articles in Modernism/Modernities, International Labor and Working-Class History, the Journal of British Studies, and Small Axe. Work in progress uses examples from the history of Venezuela, Trinidad, and Grenada to explore methodological and theoretical dilemmas within history's transnational and digital "turns."