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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Graduate Student Writing Group

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Weekly structured writing sessions for Latin Americanist graduate students in all departments. Students, who arrive with a project and a goal, work in communal silence during two 45 minute blocks separated by a 10-minute coffee break. All meetings will be held in the Latin American Library Seminar Room. Co-sponsored by the Stone Center and the Latin American Library.

Latin American Writers Series: Alberto Barrera Tyszka

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Ecuadorian writer and Tulane Visiting Scholar Gabriela Alemán interviews Venezuelan writer Alberto Barrera Tyszka about his life, interests, and influences. Their discussion will be followed by an open Q&A and an informal reception. This event will be held in Spanish.

About the Latin American Writers Series

This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

Este serie reúne a los autores más representativos de la escritura continental y los editores que los publican. A través de entrevistas con la reconocida escritora ecuatoriana Gabriela Alemán y presentaciones de proyectos editoriales, los invitados explorarán los vínculos entre el mundo literario y la realidad continental. Sus conversaciones se convertirán después en el eje de un archivo digital que busca llevar estas ideas a un público global.

About the Author

Born in Caracas, Alberto Barrera Tyszka has published over a dozen works of poetry, short story, chronicle, novel, and biography. His most recent publications include the novels Patria o Muerte (2015) and Rating (2011), the poetic anthology La inquietud (2013), the collection of chronicles Un país a la semana (2013), and the short story collection Crímenes (2009). In 2005, he collaborated with Cristina Marcano to write the definitive biography of Hugo Chávez, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal (2005). Patria o muerte won the 2015 Premio Tusquets de Novela, and his novel La enfermedad, translated into English as The Sickness (2010), received the 2006 Herralde Award. Barrera also writes for television and has scripted soap operas for Venezuelan, Mexican, Colombian, and Argentinian networks.

Pan-American Life in New Orleans: Exhibition Opening and Reception

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Pan-American Life Insurance Group and The Latin American Library at Tulane University cordially invite you to an exhibit opening and reception to unveil the Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG) Collection. The PALIG Collection, generously donated to The Latin American Library, documents the company’s 109 years connecting New Orleans with Latin America. The exhibit will feature photographs, manuscripts, and other materials from the PALIG archives as well as other holdings from the LAL that shed light on the long history of commercial and cultural ties between New Orleans and Latin America.

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Bate papo!: Portuguese Conversation Hour

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A weekly hour of Portuguese conversation and tasty treats hosted by Prof. Megwen Loveless. All levels are welcome!

The theme for this semester will be Passion Fruit. So bring your sweet tooth to try this week’s homemade delicacy: Bala de maracujá.

Latin American Writers Series Fall 2019 Book Display

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The Latin American Library has put together a display of books written by authors participating in the Fall 2019 Latin American Writers Series: Luis Negrón, Power Paola, Alberto Barrera Tyszka, and Gabriela Weiner. All books on display are available for check out. When you visit, be sure to grab a free bookmark commemorating the series!

Café con Alberto Barrera

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The Stone Center invites you to Café con Alberto Barrera. This intimate meet and greet will be an opportunity to connect with Barrera, an influential writer and thinker from Venezuela. In addition to his creative work as a poet and novelist, he has co-authored, with journalist Cristina Marcano, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal, the first biography written on this controversial figure. He has also penned Alta Traición and Un país a la semana, two texts that chronicle the tumultuous political landscape in the Venezuela of recent years. Barrera will be answering questions about his non-fiction work during this casual conversation with faculty and students.