Specialization Coordinator: Maya Stanfield-Mazzimstanfield@ufl.edu

The Andean Studies specialization in the Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS) draws on area expertise in the disciplines of anthropology and art history, as well as a range of other fields, offering students specialized training in historical and contemporary issues related to the Andean region.

PURPOSE OF SPECIALIZATIONS IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES
  • To help graduate students and advisors to navigate the vast and constantly shifting curricular landscape supporting Latin American Studies at UF.
  • To foster connection and collaboration around shared interests among current and prospective UF faculty and students.
REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTER’S DEGREE IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES AT UF
  • Complete 30 credit hours, fulfilling distribution requirements listed below
  • Demonstrate advanced proficiency in Portuguese, Spanish, or Haitian Creole
  • Produce a thesis, internship, or capstone project
COURSE DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS:
  • 6 hours of gateway seminars
    • LAS 6220 Issues and Perspectives in Latin American Studies
    • LAS 6293 Research Design and Methods in Latin American Studies
  • At least 15 of the 30 total hours completed in courses listed as LAS
  • Thesis students must register for LAS 6971 in the semester of graduation
  • Internship students must register for 3 credits of LAS 6949
  • 12 hours of courses in an interdisciplinary specialization*

*Students may take more than 12 credits—potentially as many as 21 of required 30 credits—in courses associated with interdisciplinary specialization of choice.

ANDEAN STUDIES SPECIALIZATION REQUIREMENTS

12 credits total, including courses from at least two academic programs.

Contributing Courses: Select 12 hours of coursework from the following:

  • ANG 5334 Peoples of the Andes
  • ANG 6086 Historical Ecology
  • ANG 6186 South American Archaeology
  • ANG 6292 Priestly/Imperial Societies
  • ANG 6930 Readings in Legal Anthropology
  • ARH 6918 Ancient Andean Art
  • ARH 6918 Indigenous Arts of the Colonial Americas
  • ARH 6654 Pre-Columbian Art Seminar (when focused on Andean region)
  • ARH 6666 Colonial Latin American Art Seminar (when focused on Andean region)
  • LAS 6938/CPO 6307 Latin American Politics
  • GEO 6419 Geography of South America
  • LAH 5934 Topics in Latin American History (when focused on Andean region)
  • LAS 6938 Latin American Area Seminar (when focused on Andean region)
  • REL 5195 Religion and Social Change
LANGUAGE RECOMMENDATIONS

Advanced knowledge of Spanish is currently the only language expectation. However, Andean Studies students are strongly encouraged to pursue training in Aymara and/or Quechua language at another US university (e.g. Chicago, Cornell, UCLA or Wisconsin) or at one of the several centers of language instruction in the Andean region.

Frequency of course offerings

Before each semester, the Center compiles and posts online a Guide to hundreds of LAS-related courses available the coming semester. Some courses contributing to specializations are offered every semester, others once every few years. The list of courses provided here is not intended to guarantee any curricular offerings, but rather to open horizons to topics that have been and may be offered in widely varied programs around UF.

Additional courses

Each specialization offers students the opportunity to craft personalized programs of study and to add their own contributions. Students may identify additional courses relevant for a specialization, including new and one-time offerings, and may seek approval from the Specialization Coordinator to count such courses toward specialization credits.

FACULTY & STAFF ENGAGED WITH THE ANDEAN STUDIES SPECIALIZATION

Susan deFrance (Anthropology, Zooarchaeology; Andes)

Richard Kernaghan (Anthropology; Peru)

Bruce J. MacFadden (Florida Museum of Natural History, Natural Sciences; Bolivia)

Michael Moseley (Anthropology, Archaeology; Peru)

Augusto Oyuela-Caycedo (Anthropology, Archaeology; Colombia, Peru)

Susan Paulson (Anthropology, Gender, Environment, Political Ecology, Bolivia)

Francis Putz (Botany, Forestry; Ecuador)

Maya Stanfield-Mazzi (Art History; Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador)

Philip Williams (Political Science; Chile, Peru)