Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Master of Arts in Latin American Studies Timetable

Recommended Number of Courses

Full-time is defined by the Stone Center as at least three graduate level courses for those students with School of Liberal Arts Graduate Program Fellowships and three graduate level courses plus one undergraduate level Portuguese or Haitian Creole class for those students with FLAS Fellowships (see Financial Aid and Awards for more information).

Duration of MA Degree

Students are expected to complete the M.A. degree in four semesters, one of which is dedicated to writing the thesis. Students electing to write a thesis will earn three hours credit for the thesis. Students can complete the program in three semesters with the non-thesis option by taking four courses (one extra) in one of their three semesters of study. Both options require 30 hours of course credit.

The Stone Center encourages all students to write a thesis. The in-depth research and scholarly treatment of a significant problem is an integral part of graduate education.

The School of Liberal Arts and the Stone Center grant financial support for four continuous semesters for thesis students and three continuous semesters for non-thesis option students. At the end of the third semester, non-thesis option students should have completed 30 hours and have applied for graduation. Also at the end of the third semester, thesis students should have completed 27 hours, submitted their thesis prospectus with the thesis director’s signature (usually due by mid-October of the third semester), and registered for thesis credit for the fourth semester. For students committed to writing the thesis, successful completion and defense of the thesis is required for graduation.

If a student receives funding in the fourth semester for the thesis option he or she must submit a completed thesis by the end of that semester. If the thesis is not completed, the student will not graduate for lack of sufficient credit and will be required to return the fourth semester stipend to the School of Liberal Arts.

[PLEASE NOTE: Tenure for a student in the MA program is 2 years, with the possible extension of this tenure for up to an additional 2 years under extraordinary circumstances. Please consult the section on “Additional Policies and Procedures” for more details on the subject of program tenure.]

A typical MA program may look like the following:

Year 1

Fall:

  • enter program
  • take three courses (one of which is the LAST 7000 Core Seminar), select concentrations, develop research project/thesis topic
  • take language examination
  • FLAS fellows take additional language course

Spring:

  • take three courses
  • commit to either the thesis option or the non-thesis option, begin approaching potential thesis directors, and submit summer field research grant proposal
  • retake language exam, if necessary
  • FLAS fellows take additional language courses

Summer:

  • field research work pursuant to thesis or intensive language study

Year 2

Fall

  • take four courses
  • FLAS fellows take additional language course
  • apply to graduate for M.A. without thesis
  • graduate at end of term (December 31)

OR

  • take three courses
  • submit final thesis prospectus with confirmed thesis director’s signature (by Oct. 15)
  • construct thesis committee by adding at least two additional readers to the thesis committee
  • FLAS fellows take additional language course

Spring

  • register for thesis for credit (LAST 8990) with approval of thesis director
  • register for MA thesis research (LAST 9980) in order to maintain full-time student status
  • apply to graduate for M.A. with thesis (Usually before Feb. 1 of the Spring Semester)
  • FLAS fellows take additional language course
  • apply to PhD program by Feb. 1 deadline for those wishing to continue in the program
  • defend thesis by mid-March
  • submit thesis in final form to Graduate School by appropriate deadline (usually early April)
  • graduate at end of term

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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.