Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Master of Business Administration/ Master of Arts in Latin American Studies

The joint degree program in Business Administration and Latin American Studies is predicated on the integration of the Latin American concepts taught within the Graduate Program in Latin American Studies with the policy and general management approaches and techniques taught at the A.B. Freeman School of Business. The program is specially designed to prepare the student (1) to manage effectively; (2) to cope with the uncertainties of interdependent, though usually conflicting, economic environments; and (3) to integrate private and public sector perspectives and criteria into a single framework.

As with our other joint degree programs, applicants to the joint M.B.A./M.A. degree program must be admitted separately by each of the participating programs. Thus a potential joint degree student must be admitted to the Business School through its normal admissions process, and also to the Latin American Studies program in the School of Liberal Artsl via its own separate admissions process. Admission to one school does not guarantee admission to the other; nor does the failure to be admitted into the joint degree program preclude admission into either one or the other school independently. Students admitted to the joint degree program do not matriculate in both schools concurrently. Students receiving a fellowship through the Stone Center start the joint degree program as a full-time student of the Stone Center for Latin American Studies in the School of Liberal Arts and defer enrolling in the Freeman School of Business for one year.

The joint course of study integrates the M.B.A. core curriculum, the M.A. curriculum in Latin American Studies, and a set of electives. The M.B.A. core courses provide the student with a general background of all the functional fields of management. Latin American Studies courses provide the student with critical understanding of the cultural, political, economic and social context in which business is practiced in Latin America. This understanding is achieved through coursework in the Social Science and Humanities and in a core seminar (LAST 7000) that seeks to integrate this knowledge.

Students must take 24 semester hours from the Latin American Studies curriculum and 51 hours from the Freeman School of Business. Demonstrated competence in either Spanish or Portuguese by oral examination is required for graduation. Finally, students are encouraged to spend one summer in an internship experience with a firm operating in Latin America, which is usually arranged independently or through the Business School.

Once accepted into the program a student already resident in the Freeman School of Business must complete and submit an inter-school transfer request form. These forms are required to register in the School of Liberal Arts, and must be signed both by the student’s academic advisor in the Business School and the Graduate Advisor in the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

To speak to an advisor before applying, please fill out our inquiry form.

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Kaqchikel Language Table

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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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This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas.

Kaqchikel Language Table

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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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