The Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS)

MALAS Program Information Sheet

The MALAS degree consists of 30 credit hours, including up to 6 credit hours of thesis research (LAS 6971), internship or capstone project (LAS 6949). 6 credit hours are comprised of 2 gateway seminars, LAS 6293, Design and Methods of Research in Latin American Studies (usually in the fall) and LAS 6220, Issues and Perspectives in Latin American Studies (usually in the spring). 12-15 credit hours are centered around an interdisciplinary specialization; 3-6 credits should be outside the specialization. A joint MALAS/JD degree is offered in collaboration with the UF Levin College of Law.

The UF Center for Latin American Studies is recognized as one of the top-ranked centers in the world. MALAS graduates find employment in educational and research institutions, international organizations, government agencies, and private companies in the United States, Latin America, and elsewhere. Although the MALAS is a terminal degree, graduates often enter Ph.D. programs to pursue careers in teaching and research. Currently, there are approximately 25 students enrolled in the program.

Foreign Language Requirements

MALAS students are required to demonstrate advanced reading, writing, and speaking proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese or Haitian Creole. It is strongly recommended that students acquire their language skills early in their graduate programs, such skills are expected for advanced courses and thesis research. Students may satisfy the language proficiency requirement through coursework or an oral proficiency exam. Acquisition of a second Latin American language is encouraged.

Study Abroad

The International Business Study Tour, the International Business Management Semester in Brazil, the UCR Exchange, the PUCP Exchange, the Business in Brazil Summer Program, the Urban Planning Program in Brazil, and the Haitian Summer Institute offer graduate credit. UF graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who are interested in studying Portuguese, Haitian Creole or another less commonly taught Latin American language (i.e. Maya, Quechua etc.) during the summer, should consider applying for the Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowships offered by the Center.