MA in Latin American Studies

The program leading to the Master of Arts (MA) in Latin American Studies allows students to acquire expertise in multiple aspects of Latin America. Building on the unique interdisciplinary structure of the School of Arts and Humanities, the program has an integrated curriculum that connects literary, historical, cultural, and visual studies.

Each student plans an individual program of studies in consultation with an assigned advisor. All students are required to take LATS 6300: Introduction to Latin American Studies as early as possible in their program.

MA in Latin American Studies Degree Plan

Students seeking the M.A. in Latin American Studies have two options, a research or a professional option. Students with plans for doctoral study should choose the research option. Students should declare which option they are pursuing no later than the 27th hour of enrollment.

  • Students pursuing the professional option in Latin American Studies must complete thirty-six semester hours of course work, including LATS 6300 and 15 hours of prescribed electives, demonstrate reading proficiency in an approved foreign language, and complete an approved internship or study abroad. They are not required to complete a capstone project and they receive a terminal degree. Normally no more than six hours of independent study are applicable to the degree plan.
  • Students pursuing the research option must complete thirty-six semester hours of course work, including LATS 6300 and 15 hours of prescribed electives, demonstrate reading proficiency in an approved foreign language, complete an approved internship or study abroad, submit a capstone project proposal and have it approved by the Graduate Studies Committee, and successfully complete and defend the capstone project. Normally no more than six hours of independent study are applicable to the degree plan.

Within the Graduate Program in Latin American Studies, most related courses are offered within History (HIST), Aesthetic Studies (HUAS), History of Ideas (HUHI), and Studies in Literature (HUSL). Students may take approved courses on Latin American topics in the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Free electives taken outside the School of Arts and Humanities must be approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.

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Internship or Study Abroad: Students must complete a minimum of 3 semester credit hours in an approved study abroad immersion program or a comparable internship program established in partnership with UT-Dallas and businesses and/or non-for-profit agencies in the Dallas - Fort Worth area.

Capstone Project: Students pursuing the research option, having completed thirty hours of course work, must write and present a capstone project on a topic of their choice in Latin American Studies. Students will normally complete the capstone requirement during their last semester of enrollment. The capstone project should reflect the student's specific area of concentration and the general trajectory of his or her graduate program. The capstone project can take the form either of a traditional scholarly thesis or a creative or applied final project.

To be a full-time student, 9 hours of course work per semester is required; a minimum of 3 hours of course work in one semester is required to remain enrolled in the program.

Students may petition the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies to have appropriate transfer courses (courses taken at other institutions) applied to their degree plan.