Master of Arts
The program leading to the M.A. 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. 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 pursuing the research option must complete thirty-six semester hours of course work, demonstrate reading proficiency in an approved foreign language, complete an approved internship or study abroad, and successfully complete a capstone project. Normally no more than six hours of independent study are applicable to the degree plan.
Core Course (3 hours)
LATS 6300: Introduction to Latin American
Students are expected to complete this course as early as possible in their program.
Prescribed Electives (15 hours)
Prescribed electives are selected from the following courses:
HIST 6360: Latin American History
HIST 6365: Mexican History
HUAS 6334: Iberian Culture and Music
HUHI 6315: Thought, Culture, and Society in Latin America
HUSL 6373: Topics in Latin American Literature
HUSL 6380: The Art & Craft of Translation
HUSL 6396: Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture
Free Elective Courses (9 hours)
These three courses may be selected from other courses related to Latin America and/or the students’ area of concentration. Students may take approved courses on Latin America topics in the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies.
Free electives must be approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.
Internship or Study Abroad (3 hours)
Students will also 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.
LATS 6390: Internship in Latin American Studies
Capstone Project (6 hours)
LATS 6399: Capstone Project in Latin American Studies
Having completed thirty hours of course work, students must write and present a capstone project on a topic of their choice in Latin American Studies, either a research thesis or final project.
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.