The Master of Arts degree program often serves as a foundation for those wanting to earn a doctorate or as a preparation for applied work in a range of professional fields, including government, private business, and the non-profit sector. The program also has the flexibility to allow students to focus on interdisciplinary themes such as economic development, policy, or environmental studies.
Master of Arts
- A total of 30 credit hours from graduate courses related to Latin America and the Caribbean. All courses must come from the CLACS Graduate Course List or students must gain prior approval for the course to count towards the MA degree using the Course Approval Form.
- A major concentration of at least 12 credit hours and a minor concentration of at least 9 credit hours. Examples of major and minor concentrations (which students choose in consultation with the CLACS Director):
- Thematic Fields: Anthropology, Critical Race Studies, Cultural Studies, Education Policy, Ethnomusicology, Folklore, Gender Studies, History, Indigenous Studies, Social Movements, Political Ecology and Development
- Geographic Fields: Andes, Brazil, Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, Southern Cone
- 3 credit hours of L501, an interdisciplinary seminar with variable topics and area focus.
- The remaining 6 credit hours from Latin American and Caribbean studies courses or related courses in other departments.
Reading proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Maya, or Quechua must be demonstrated through one of the following methods: by passing a proficiency examination by the respective foreign language departments, earning a grade of B (3.0) or better in a graduate readings, literature or language course taught in the language, or by passing a reading examination prepared by CLACS. Find out more about languages offered through CLACS.
G.P.A. - B (3.0) average or above must be maintained in all courses counted towards the M.A. degree. In addition, any students who fall below a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.4 (for students who matriculate in 2015-2016 and after) or 3.0 (for those students who matriculated prior to 2015) may be placed on academic probation.
All students must choose between the following three options as a final degree requirement in order to complete their MA degree: two final exam essays, a final research paper, or a thesis. Read more about the final requirements and download the proposal forms for the thesis, research paper, and exams.