Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

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Timetables for Doctoral Study

Actual timetables are often different from that suggested below, which are given strictly for purposes of example. Presented below are two possible scenarios-one for a student graduating with an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane and another for a student transferring with an M.A. degree from another department or university. The first scenario assumes that the student is eligible for and receives thirty hours of transfer credit; the second that the student is eligible for and receives twelve hours of transfer credit. Both scenarios also assume that these students take only the minimum course requirement of two per semester, when most students take three, and that the dissertation is completed and defended in one year.

Upon beginning the doctoral program, all students should consult with the Stone Center Graduate Advisor, their Dissertation Directors, and, once appointed, their Examination Committees to develop their own timetables. These projected plans of study and research will then be updated and adapted at each successive advising meeting with the Graduate Advisor to insure the timely completion of doctoral requirements.

[PLEASE NOTE: Tenure for a student in the Ph.D. program in 7 years, with the possible extension of this tenure for up to an additional 3 years under extraordinary circumstances. Please consult the section on “Additional Policies and Procedures” for more details on the subject of program tenure.]

Scenario 1: Students with an M.A. degree in Latin American Studies from Tulane

Year 1

Fall/ Spring/ Summer

  • take two courses per semester
  • teach one course per semester or serve as Project Associate
  • form Examination Committee and begin preparations for the General Preliminary Examinations
  • meet requirements for proficiency in second of two required languages
  • petition for transfer up to 30 hours of M.A. credit to your doctoral coursework

Year 2

Fall

  • take two courses
  • teach one course or serve as Project Associate
  • apply for dissertation grants

Spring

  • complete course requirements
  • teach one course or serve as Project Associate

Year 3

Fall

  • take General Preliminary Examinations in OCTOBER
  • teach one course or serve as Project Associate
  • determine those of your examiners who will constitute your dissertation committee, submit Dissertation Prospectus, and apply for Admission to Candidacy.

Spring/ Summer

  • Teach one course or serve as Project Associate
  • Dissertation research and writing

Year 4

Fall Semester

  • teach one course or serve as Project Associate
  • defend dissertation and receive degree

Scenario 2: Students with M.A. degree from other Tulane Departments or other Universities (assuming 12 hours of transfer credit)

Year 1

Fall

  • take three courses, one of which must be the CLAS Core Seminar (LAST 7000)
  • serve as Project Associate
  • meet requirements for proficiency in first of two required languages
  • petition for transfer up to 12 hours of M.A. credit to your doctoral coursework

Spring (For students with an MA from another Tulane Department)

  • take two courses
  • teach one course or serve as Project Associate

(For students from other universities)

  • take three courses
  • serve as Project Associate

Year 2

Fall

  • take two courses
  • teach one course or serve as Project Associate

Spring

  • take two courses
  • teach one course or serve as Project Associate
  • meet requirements for proficiency in last of two required languages
  • form Examination Committee and begin preparations for the General Preliminary Examinations

Year 3

Fall

  • take two courses
  • teach one course or serve as Project Associate
  • continue preparations for General Preliminary Exam

Spring

  • complete coursework
  • teach one course or serve as Project Associate

Year 4

Fall

  • take General Preliminary Examinations in OCTOBER
  • teach one course or serve as Project Associate
  • determine those of your examiners who will constitute your dissertation committee, submit Dissertation Prospectus, and apply for Admission to Candidacy
  • apply for dissertation research grants

Spring

  • teach one course or serve as Project Associate (if funding permits)
  • begin dissertation research and writing

Year 5

Fall

  • Dissertation research and writing

Spring

  • teach one course or serve as Project Associate (if funding permits)
  • defend dissertation and receive degree

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Central America: People and the Environment Asynchronous Institute

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Register now for the ASYNCHRONOUS COURSE which opens up in July
Please note, the synchronous blended institute taking place June 14 – 25 is no longer accepting registrants.

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. It is not required to have participated in past institutes to join us.

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University is excited to host and coordinate this year’s institute. Tulane University and New Orleans are both unique and important places to explore the deep connections to Central America with a focus on people and environment. With presentations by leading historians and sociologists on Central America, environment and race we are excited to share the work and resources from presenters as well as the unique resources at Tulane.

YOU MAY REGISTER FOR THE ASYNCHRONOUS COURSE WHICH OPENS UP IN JULY

NOW REGISTERING FOR THE ASYNCHRONOUS INSTITUTE For more information, please email dwolteri@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164. Space is limited.