Master of Arts in Latin American Studies

Master of Arts in Latin American Studies

The M.A. in Latin American Studies requires course work with a Latin American content or with subject matter that is closely related to the area. Candidates for the M.A. choose a thesis (24 semester hours plus thesis) or non-thesis (33 hours) option. Each option includes Latin American Studies 290 (an interdisciplinary seminar which focuses on research methodologies and the use of reference materials for Latin Americanists). Master’s degree candidates are expected to demonstrate language competence in Spanish, Portuguese, or an indigenous Latin American language. This means advanced proficiency in one of the three languages and intermediate proficiency in another.

Graduate School Application:

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Non-Thesis Option

15 hours must be in a selected major discipline. An additional 9 hours must be in a second discipline, which will serve as the selected minor field. The remaining 9 hours must be in three additional courses with a Latin American content, wherever possible being selected from disciplines other than the major and minor fields.

Non-Thesis Option
15 hours - major field
9 hours - minor field
6 hours - additional fields
3 hours - LAS 290
33 hours (Total)

Thesis Option

9 hours in additional fields. The student will write a thesis under the direction of a Center faculty member and with the collaboration of a second member of the faculty. There is no written or oral final examination for the M.A. degree, thesis or non-thesis.

Thesis Option
9 hours - major field
6 hours - minor field
6 hours - additional field
3 hours - LAS 290
24 hours (Total)

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