This integrated B.A./M.A. program allows exceptional undergraduate students at Indiana University Bloomington the opportunity to earn an M.A. degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies in only one year beyond the traditional four-year B.A. or B.S. Designed principally for students who are seeking to develop intellectual and professional expertise in Latin America and the Caribbean to accompany the more generalized training they receive through their undergraduate degree.
- 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 M.A. degree.
- 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 LTAM-L 501, a seminar that introduces graduate students to Latin American and Caribbean Studies as an interdisciplinary field.
- 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.
- Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese may be demonstrated following the requirements of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
- 4+1 students who wish to meet their language requirement with Haitian Creole, Maya, or Quechua have two options to demonstrate proficiency. 1) They may take two language courses during the first year, Elementary I and II. Students should receive a B or better in both courses. 2) They may pass a reading examination prepared by CLACS. The examination includes two texts of approximately 400 words each, one drawn from primary sources and the other drawn from secondary sources. A student will be expected to translate the first text and answer critical questions about the second.
- A GPA of 3.0 (B) or above must be maintained in all courses counted towards the M.A. degree. Additionally, any student who falls below a cumulative GPA of 3.4 may be placed on academic probation.
- All students must choose between one of the following three options as a final degree requirement in order to complete their M.A. degree: two final exam essays, a final research paper, or a thesis.
- Sophomore standing (30-59 credits completed)
- Minimum 3.0 GPA
- 12 credits completed in major
- No Graduate Record Exam (GRE) required