Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Advancement to Candidacy for the Ph.D.

After the successful completion of all required coursework, language examinations, the General Preliminary Examination, and the Dissertation Prospectus, doctoral students officially apply for Admission to Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The Graduate School and the Graduate Advisor have copies of the official form.

After this formality is complete, the Graduate Advisor secures the signed approval of the Dissertation Chair and submits a recommendation for Admission to Candidacy to the Dean of the Graduate School certifying that all requirements for the degree have been met. Once the Graduate Dean has certified that all requirements for the degree have been met, he or she will advance the student to Candidacy for the Degree of Ph.D. in Latin American Studies

The recommendation for Admission to Candidacy must be submitted to the Graduate School no later than September 15 for those expecting to receive the degree in December, December 15 for those expecting to receive the degree in May, or March 15 for those expecting to receive the degree at the end of the Summer Session.

The Submission of the Dissertation

The Dissertation is not only an essential part of the candidate’s degree work but is also the appropriate culmination of the Ph.D. degree. It should demonstrate not only student mastery of the literature of the subject, but also ability to carry on independent research that results in a genuine contribution to knowledge, or an original interpretation of existing knowledge in a literate and lucid fashion.

Working with the Dissertation Committee

Students’ experiences with their committees will be different depending on the groups’ particular dynamics and the needs of the student. Students will best utilize the collective wisdom that resides in committees, when they circulate early versions and completed drafts of chapters to committee members with expediency so that they have ample time to read, comment and suggest revisions.

Dissertation Style and Format

Information regarding proper dissertation formatting, style guidelines, and submission deadlines can be found at the website of Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts Graduate Programs.

Dissertation Publication

All Tulane dissertations must be prepared for microfilm duplication and storage at UMI, the largest publisher of microfilm dissertations in an on-line searchable format. For this reason, all illustrations, photographs, diagrams, and tables in your manuscript must be in black and white. Final approved dissertations are sent to UMI, where they make a microfilm copy, and then they are returned to Tulane University’s Library for binding, cataloging, and shelving. This procedure is mandatory and must be paid for by the student before graduation. The cost varies from year to year but is usually less than $100 total. Current prices are available at the School of Liberal Arts. Once published, you can order copies of your dissertation from UMI for a small fee.

Copyright

The decision to copyright the dissertation must be made at the time the student submits the material to the Graduate School office. Copyright may be obtained through UMI for a small fee. Two positive film copies of the dissertation are then deposited in the Copyright Office.

Dissertation Defense/ Final Examination

Well before the deadline for submission of the Dissertation to the Graduate School, candidates must successfully complete a final examination for the Ph.D. degree. The examination, also called the Dissertation Defense, consists primarily of an oral defense of the Dissertation, but can be extended at the discretion of the Dissertation Committee to include course material or any other relevant material. The Defense is a thorough and critical discussion of the Dissertation and its conclusions. Frequently the committee requests final revisions to the Dissertation during the course of the Defense. It is risky to schedule a defense immediately before the deadline to submit the Dissertation in final form to the School of Liberal Arts for a particular graduation date.

The defense is attended by all members of the Dissertation Committee, but the Dissertation Director may also invite other interested and appropriate faculty to be present.

The final examination will not be waived, unless the candidate, in consultation with the Dissertation Director and with the approval of the Graduate Advisor for Latin American Studies, can establish a case of hardship in extremis which is subject to review and approval of the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts.

To find all necessary materials regarding procedures and deadlines, dissertation application forms, formatting guidelines and applications for degree, visit the website of Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts Graduate Programs.

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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.