Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Student Status

Full-time Residence Status

To hold a fellowship or scholarship or any of the various kinds of assistantships, a student must be registered in full-time residence status. To determine student privileges and assess tuition and fees, a student in full-time residence status must be registered for at least nine hours of graduate credit per semester, or a combination of course work and equivalent academic activities such as teaching or research.

After the student has completed the minimum hours of course work required for the degree and is working on the thesis or dissertation, the student can continue to be classified as a full-time student entitled to full student privileges. The student must register for master’s or dissertation research (LAST 9980 and LAST 9990, respectively) and then the Graduate Advisor at the Stone Center must certify that the student is engaged in academic activities equivalent to full-time residence commitment. Any off-campus employment for remuneration may disqualify a student from receiving Graduate School financial aid

Part-time Residence Status

For the purposes of determination of student privileges and for the assessment of tuition and fees, a student in part-time residence status is any student who is registered for less than nine hours of graduate credit and who is not certified by the department or the program committee as taking a total academic program.

Tenure for Degree Seeking Students

Tenure is the maximum period of time normally permitted for the completion of all requirements for a degree, and it is determined on the basis of consecutive academic years from the date of initial registration for graduate study at Tulane. To be clear, this means that for students who begin as MA students at Tulane, whether in Latin American Studies or in another program, and continue into the Ph.D. program, tenure begins with their enrollment in their Tulane MA program. Tenure is not affected by residence status, nor is it affected by leaves or absence or stipend deferrals. In extreme circumstances, as explained below, tenure may be extended for a short period of time; but a student whose period of graduate study is extended may be required by their committees to retake examinations or to perform additional work.

Master’s Degree

The Stone Center expects that students will complete the MA degree in two years. Occasionally, unforeseen and extraordinary circumstances may prevent a student from completing degree requirements within the two-year time period. In such instances, students may submit a one-time petition for an extension of one or two additional years as the circumstances may warrant. To seek such an extension, students must submit to the Graduate Advisor at the Stone Center before the end of their second year in the MA program the following items: (1) a detailed letter which explains the extraordinary circumstances requiring the need for the extension; (2) a detailed timeline and work schedule for completing the degree requirements during the extension time period; (3) and, if relevant, a letter of support for the extension signed by every member of the thesis committee certifying that they each understand the extraordinary circumstances necessitating the extension and that they agree to the detailed timeline and work schedule for completing the thesis. Within a month of submitting this petition of tenure extension, the Stone Center’s Undergraduate and Graduate Programs Committee will review the petition and will render a decision, which will be communicated to the student. Under no circumstances will a student be permitted to continue in the MA program beyond the maximum allowable 2-year tenure extension period.

Ph.D. Degree

The Stone Center expects that students will complete all requirements for the Ph.D. degree, including the completion of all comprehensive examinations and the submission of a defended dissertation, in seven years. Occasionally, unforeseen and extraordinary circumstances may prevent a student from completing degree requirements within the seven-year time period. In such instances, students may submit a one-time petition for an extension of one, two, or three additional years, as the circumstances may warrant. To seek such an extension, students must submit to the Graduate Advisor at the Stone Center before the end of their seventh year in the Ph.D. program the following items: (1) a detailed letter which explains the extraordinary circumstances requiring the need for the extension; (2) a detailed timeline and work schedule for completing the degree requirements during the extension time period; (3) and, if relevant, a letter of support for the extension signed by every member of the dissertation committee certifying that they each understand the extraordinary circumstances necessitating the extension and that they agree to the detailed timeline and work schedule for completing the dissertation. Within a month of submitting this petition of tenure extension, the Stone Center’s Undergraduate and Graduate Programs Committee will review the petition and will render a decision, which will be communicated to the student. Under no circumstances will a student be permitted to continue in the Ph.D. program beyond the maximum allowable 3-year tenure extension period.

Advising

Role of the School of Liberal Arts

The School of Liberal Arts provides information on university policies, interprets those policies, and makes exceptions to its rules. It is the final arbiter about most questions of admission, financial aid, and university-wide degree requirements.

Role of the Stone Center

Careful advising is vital to the success of all students’ education, professional training, and completion of all degree requirements. Advising carries even greater responsibility in an interdisciplinary program, where courses are selected from a number of departments and where students work with professors throughout the campus. It is the role of the Graduate Advisor to help all students develop a meaningful program from this wide array of resources and to guide you through the many requirements of our different degree programs. Students in both the M.A. and Ph.D. programs have many different advisors and committees throughout the various departments and schools. These advisors and committees also play fundamental roles in the definition of the student’s program and research at distinct phases in the student’s training.

However, the Graduate Advisor is the principle advising resource for Stone Center graduate students. Each student should plan to meet with the Graduate Advisor at least four times during the year for general advising in late-August, late-October, mid-January and mid-March. The goals of these sessions are to plan your degree curriculum and to evaluate your progress. The Graduate Advisor’s office hours are posted at the beginning of each semester. Students are welcome to drop in unannounced during these hours, but scheduling an office visit ahead of time, whenever possible, is always appreciated. Non-office hour appointments may easily be arranged by direct communication with the Graduate Advisor.

Additionally, students should schedule appointments with the Graduate Advisor to discuss mid-semester corrections and changes, career or degree plans, or any difficulties students may be having with their classes. It is preferred that students make an appointment rather than seek counseling over the phone or in the halls.

Role of Departmental Contacts

Disciplinary and department-based expertise is often vital in advising students about the selection of appropriate methodology courses for primary concentrations, about finding faculty members to serve on thesis committees, or about writing scholarly papers in a disciplinary background different from your primary concentration. Consequently, the Stone Center maintains a list of affiliated faculty contact in each department who are familiar with the Latin American Studies Program. These faculty members are the first individuals students should contact when seeking departmental advice. They are not responsible for advising you directly, but rather for directing you to the faculty member within their department who can best answer your question. Although you can visit them directly, it is recommended that you first speak with the Stone Center’s Graduate Advisor so that he can refer you to the correct department and perhaps to a specific faculty member within that department.

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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.