Why Latin American Studies?

Latin America, with its geographic and political complexity, ethnic and linguistic diversity, and vibrant cultural life, is an exciting place to study and an increasingly important part of the world. By consolidating world class programs on Latin American Studies, the UF Center for Latin American Studies will help position you at the center of intellectual, political, economic and cultural exchange with Latin America.

Master of Arts in Latin American Studies:
UF-LAS is recognized as one of the top-ranked centers in the world

Master of Arts in Latin American Studies:

The Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS) program is based on the premise that a full understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean requires an interdisciplinary perspective. The degree program enhances students' understanding of an important region of the world and provides training in relevant analytical and problem-solving skills.

The Center for Latin American Studies is uniquely poised to help students achieve their educational and career goals with a MALAS degree. With over 160 experts on the region, the Center is recognized today as one of the top-ranked centers internationally and has been continuously designated as a National Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Education since 1961.

A Deeper Understanding of Latin America is Essential Because of:

  • Deep historical bonds and close proximity to the U.S.
  • Burgeoning trade ties with the U.S.
  • Rapidly growing U.S. Latino/a population
  • Ongoing experiments with democracy and economic integration
  • Challenges of poverty, inequality, environmental threats, and urban violence

Possible careers with a LAS degree:

  • Law
  • Government/Politics
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Private enterprise
  • Conservation
  • Education
  • Foreign Service, and many more!

A Deeper Understanding of Latin America is Essential Because of:

Apply To The MALAS Program!

Since 1930, the Center for Latin American Studies has administered interdisciplinary training programs, and promoted multifaceted research on Latin America and the Caribbean and Latinos in the U.S. We encourage you to review our graduate programs, minors and certificates, and submit your application today!

Apply to the Program!