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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Diverse Roots of Migration in Latin America & the Caribbean: A K-12 Educator Workshop in Washington DC

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Join us to explore the roots of migration and its effects on the family in Latin America and the Caribbean. Highlighting the 2017 Américas Award titles, this workshop will prepare K-12 educators and librarians to engage students with topics of migration, family, and the socioeconomic barriers within Central America and the Caribbean today. The Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs presents the 2017 Américas Award teacher workshop hosted by American University’s International Training & Education Program. Speakers will include 2017 Américas Award winning author of The Only Road Alexandra Díaz, as well as Reyna Grande, author of The Distance Between Us, an honor book, and Nadia L. Hohn, author of Malaika’s Costume, another honor book. These authors, along with a curriculum specialist, will engage participants with teaching strategies to accompany the books.

To learn about this year’s 2017 Américas Award winners, please view the video announcement here.

Participants will receive dinner, a book, and a certificate of completion with registration.

Register BEFORE SEPTEMBER 7 at a special rate of $25. AFTER SEPTEMBER 7 registration increases to $35.

AU ITEP students may register for $10 BEFORE SEPTEMBER 7.

For more information, please visit claspprograms.org/americasaward

The program is sponsored by CLASP and American University. It is coordinated by Tulane University and Vanderbilt University with generous support provided by Florida International University, Stanford University, University of Florida, University of New Mexico, University of Utah, and the University of Wisconsin –Milwaukee.

Celebración Latina at Audubon Zoo

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Join us for our annual family festival as we celebrate 13 years of the festival! Please join us at the zoo to explore and celebrate the rich diversity of Latin America. Celebración Latina at the Zoo’s Capital One Stage and Field is set for Sunday, October 15, 2017 and will offer a true taste of the Latin American culture with live music, children’s activities, and authentic Latin cuisine prepared and sold by local restaurants. Local artisans will sell hand crafts, and local social service, health, and education organizations will offer wellness, education, and social service information.

Celebración Latina is included with Zoo admission or Audubon membership. No outside food, beverages, or tents please!

Check out these pictures from past celebrations!

For more information, please visit the Audubon Zoo website.

Call for Papers: Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean 2018 Conference

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The Association for Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) seeks session proposals for its 29th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 21-24, 2018, hosted by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

This year’s theme, “Study Abroad: Meeting the Challenges of Cultural Engagement,” includes a variety of paper topics, including:

  • New Orleans after Katrina: The impact of the growing Hispanic population which came to help with rebuilding and has since stayed on
  • Interdisciplinary Institutional Content Assessment: How to best track what students are doing overseas and the benefits for our campuses
  • Global Partnerships through Peer Collaboration: How we can better work with institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Research Collaborations – U.S.-Latin America: Faculty led/student participation in on-site studies
  • Anglo-Hispanic Challenges: Cross-cultural understanding through experiential learning and study abroad
  • Strategic Partnerships: How we can enhance protocols between our schools in the US and those in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Strengthening AAPLAC Relationships through Inter-Organization Mentoring: How we can enhance protocols amongst our schools in the US
  • Latina Empowerment: More women on study abroad programs: How we can take advantage of this bond between women of the North and the South
  • Rethinking Mobility: How is the student’s identity compromised/enhanced abroad?
  • Community-Based Partnerships: How students can learn as they engage with local communities in working type environments
  • Crossing Borders: The eternal quest for a global space as students interact with the other
  • Global Xenophobia on the Rise of Brexit/Trump? What is our role?
  • Cuba: Future U.S. Relations – Impact on Study Abroad

Please visit the Call For Papers web page to download the proposal template, timeline, and more information about the conference.

For questions, please contact Laura Wise Person at 862-8629 or lwise1_at_tulane.edu.

La Hora del Cuento: Pebbles Center Bilingual Fall Reading Series

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Celebrate and learn about Latin America with your kids through the Stone Center’s Pebble Center at the Algiers Regional branch and New Orleans Public Library for bilingual story time.

All books are read in English and Spanish and readings are followed by an activity based on the book. Past books include Counting Ovejas, Drum Dream Girl, Mango, Abuela, and Me, and Arroz con Leche. Readings are free and open to the public. Recommended ages 0 – 5 and parents!

Story Hour Dates/Themes TBA

Maya Symposium Teacher Workshop

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies, in collaboration with the Middle American Research Institute, will present a teacher workshop in conjunction with the 15th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium on March 9, 2018.

Since 2002, Tulane University has hosted a weekend of talks and workshops dedicated to the study of the Maya civilization of Mexico and Central America. This yearly meeting has called upon scholars from a wide spectrum of specialties—archaeology, art history, cultural anthropology, epigraphy, history, and linguistics—to elucidate the many facets of this fascinating Mesoamerican culture. In developing a broad approach to the subject matter, the conference aims to draw the interest of a wide ranging group of people—from the expert to the beginner.

For more information, visit the Middle American Research Institute website.