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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies (LAS)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 05.0107
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 36

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies Department (IGS)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue SOC107
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Rachel May
Phone: 813-974-8140
Email: rmay@usf.edu

Website: http://islac.usf.edu/graduate/ma/


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List


Major Information

The mission of ISLAC is to promote research and study in and about Latin America and the Caribbean. ISLAC is an academic unit devoted to interdisciplinary research and teaching focused on economic, social, political and cultural formations in Latin America and the Caribbean and among the Hispanic/Latino populations in North America. The Institute fosters greater knowledge of Latin America and the Caribbean and Latino issues, through partnerships with community organizations and other USF departments to sponsor lectures and cultural events that are open to the public throughout the year. We also support graduate students and faculty research in the area, and provide opportunities for Latin Americanist scholars at USF to collaborate and disseminate their work.

Faculty Interests Include:
ISLAC's affiliate faculty members are drawn from the social sciences, humanities, arts, and human service fields. We include faculty from the following departments:History, Spanish-American and Caribbean Languages and Literature, Humanities, Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Business, Geography, Public Administration, Fine Arts, Public Health, Education, Africana Studies, Women's and Gender Studies and Mental Health.

Research Areas:
Includes, but is not limited to: Afro-descendants in Latin America and the Caribbean, transatlantic studies, human rights, citizenship, race and ethnicity, education and public health migration and Diaspora.

 

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: June 1
Spring: October 15
Summer:

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions), as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • 3.00 GPA
  • three letters of recommendation
  • statement of purpose and resume
  • GRE not required, but suggested for full financial consideration

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 36

Core 9 credit hours
Specialization 12 credit hours
Electives 9 credit hours
Thesis/Non-Thesis 6 credit hours

Core Requirements - (9 credit hours)
LAS 6220       3       Issues and Perspectives in Latin American Studies
LAS 6936       3       Seminar in Latin American Studies
Methods       3       (the methods class must be approved by the Graduate Director)

The core seminars, directed by a faculty member from one of the participating departments, will familiarize students with the literature, existing knowledge, and research approaches of the various fields of area studies and invited to acquaint students with faculty and their research. The purposes of the seminars are:

  • to provide an interdisciplinary graduate experience
  • to foster a community of scholars and learners focused on Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino experiences

Students will also take a three (3) hour methodology course that acquaints them with particular research relevant to their major field of study and when possible, Latin America and/or the Caribbean. This includes special approaches to finding documentation from Latin America and the Caribbean; newly-available search tools available on the internet; and an overview of how disciplines utilize different research materials. The methods class has to be approved by the G raduate D irector.

Specialization - (12 credit hours)
With the concurrence of the ISLAC advisor, students will elect major and minor fields during their first semester. These fields will draw heavily on participating departments (e.g. Anthropology, History, Government and International Affairs, Art History). At that time the student will constitute a supervisory committee, made up of two professors from the major field and one from the minor field. The committee members will counsel the student and serve as members of the exam or thesis committees.

A large number of courses are available to fulfill the specialization requirements. These are listed separately and change somewhat from year to year. Departments who frequently work with ISLAC are Anthropology, Government and International Affairs, Sociology, Mass Communication, Geography, Social Work, Womens and Gender Studies, Global Health, Philosophy, Economics, History, World Languages, Humanities and American Studies, Art History, Africana Studies and Education. Students may also request to have courses from other departments count toward major or minor fields.

Electives - (9 credit hours)
Students can take three electives from outside the major field , . These might be technical courses, study abroad courses, internships, math and science courses, methodology, or another unrelated field. Elective courses must be approved by the Graduate Director. To count towards this degree, 50% of the course content must focus on Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos. Eligible courses include, but are not limited to those listed under specialization.

Specialization and Elective courses include, but are not limited to:
AFA 6932       3       Topics in Africana Studies
AFA 6120       3       Social Theory and Social Thought
AMS 6156       3       Theories and Methods in Cultural Studies
ANG 6701       3       Contemporary Applied Anthropology
HIS 6939       3       Seminar in History
HUM 6801       3       Theories and Methods of Cultural Studies
INR 6690       3       Research Seminar in Globalization
PHC 6934       1-6       Selected Topics in Public Health
POS 6933       3       Selected Topics in Political Science
SYA 6933       3       Selected Topics - Sociology
SYD 6605       3       City and Community
SYO 6255       3       Seminar in Sociology of Education
WST 6560       3       Advanced Feminist Theory
SPW 5135       3       Colonial Spanish American Literature
SPW 6806       3       Introduction to Hispanic Graduate Studies
SPW 6775       3       Caribbean Literature
EDF 6883       4       Issues in Multicultural Education
Or other courses approved by the Graduate Director.

To count towards this degree, 50% of the course content must focus on Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos.

Thesis/Non Thesis - (Minimum of 6 credit hours):

Thesis:
LAS 6971       6       Thesis: Masters

Students must enroll in LAS 6971 Thesis: Masters for a minimum of 6 credit hours. In their thesis, students must provide new insight into a relevant topic in political science or international studies. As students approach the thesis stage, they need to compose a thesis committee consisting of a major professor, who must be a member of the Department of Government and International Affairs, and two readers. One of the two readers can be from another department, but that person must first be approved by the Graduate D irector. The thesis committee must approve proposals before students embark on their projects. Students must prepare a written thesis and defend their work in a formal oral presentation before their committee.

Non-Thesis:
Students who choose a non-thesis option will be required to complete an additional 6 hours of course work at the 6000 level.
TBA       3       Elective structured class approved by the Graduate Director
LASA 6913       3       Independent Study Literature Review of approximately 50 pages

The student is required to demonstrate competency by successfully completing a substantial literature review in his or her field of concentration.

Comprehensive Examination
For students in the thesis option , successful completion of the Thesis serves in lieu of the Comprehensive Exam. For students in the non-thesis option , the extensive literature review determines competency and serves as the equivalent of a comprehensive examination.

Foreign Language Requirement
At the time of graduation, students must submit proof of proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, or another language spoken in Latin America or the Caribbean


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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Financial Assistance


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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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