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):
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.
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.
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