Brazilian Studies is designed for students whose career plans and educational goals center on Brazil, Latin America’s largest nation and the only one descended from Portuguese rule. Faculty and courses draw upon the humanities, arts, and the social sciences to provide multi-disciplinary training and research opportunities.


Students pursuing the Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS) specialization in Brazilian Studies must have previous knowledge of Portuguese and/or completed Composition and Conversation (POR 3243). An equivalent course may qualify if approved by the specialization coordinator.


MALAS students must complete 30 credit hours of approved courses, including a thesis, internship or capstone project on a topic related to the specialization, and demonstrate advanced proficiency in Portuguese. The course requirements are distributed as follows:

  • 6 hours of gateway seminars:
    • LAS 6220 Issues and Perspectives in Latin American Studies
    • LAS 6292/3 Research Design and Methods in Latin American Studies
  • 12-15 hours of courses in the specialization (see below)
  • 3-6 hours of courses with Latin American content outside the specialization, selected in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Richmond Brown

Thesis students must register for LAS 6971, Master’s Research, in the semester of graduation—at least 3 credit hours in fall or spring, or 2 credit hours in summer

Required Courses

  • LAH 5637 Brazil after 1750
  • POW 6XXX one graduate-level Brazilian literature course (listed below)

Optional Courses

  • GEO 6466 Seminar on Amazonia
  • LAH 5607 History of Amazonia
  • LAH 6936 Historiography of Brazil
  • MUH 6549 Seminar on Brazilian Music
  • POW 6275 The 19th-Century Brazilian Novel
  • POW 6276 The 20th-Century Brazilian Novel
  • POW 6385 Brazilian Lyric
  • POW 6386 Brazilian Drama
  • POW 6930 Special Study
  • URP 6905 Urban Planning in Brazil
  • LAS 6938 The Amazon


  • Larry Crook (Music)
  • M. Elizabeth Ginway (Spanish and Portuguese Studies; Brazilian Literature)
  • Michael Leslie (Telecommunication; Race, communication, and development)
  • Joseli Macedo (Urban Planning)
  • Jeffrey Needell (History; Brazilian History)
  • Charles A. Perrone ( Spanish and Portuguese Studies; Brazilian Literature and Culture)
  • Stephen Perz (Sociology; Environment, population, development, and quantitative methods)
  • Marianne Schmink (Anthropology; Amazon development)
  • Cynthia Simmons (Geography)
  • Welson Tremura (Music)
  • Robert Walker (Geography)
  • Manuel Vásquez (Religion; Popular religions in Brazil)
  • Robin Wright (Religion)

Contact Information

319 Grinter Hall
P.O. Box 115530
Gainesville, FL 32611-5530
USA Tel: (352) 392-0375
Fax: (352) 392-7682

Graduate Advisor
Susan Paulson

Specialization Coordinator
Charles Perrone