Specialization Coordinator: Benjamin Hebblethwaite, hebble@ufl.edu 

The Caribbean Studies Specialization in the Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS) program is designed to train students in interdisciplinary, comparative, and scientific approaches to Caribbean Studies and Caribbean Diaspora Studies. This specialization prepares students for research, teaching, and applied careers in the fields of Caribbean studies and Caribbean languages.

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

CARIBBEAN STUDIES SPECIALIZATION REQUIREMENTS

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

Core Courses: Select 6-12 hours of coursework from the following

  • LAH 5933 Topics in Caribbean History
  • LAH 5475 The Caribbean, 19th & 20th Century 
  • LAH 5476 Caribbean History to 1800
  • ANG 6115 Problems in Caribbean Prehistory
  • ANG 6304 Seminar in Gender and International Development
  • LIT 6357 African-Amer. or African Diaspora Lit./Cultures
  • LIT 6236 Postcolonial Studies
  • LIT 6855 Issues in Cultural Studies
  • LIT 6856 Cultural Studies: Interventions
  • RLG 5143 Religion and Social Change
  • RLG 6385 Native Religions in the Americas
  • SPW 6209 Colonial Spanish-American Literature
  • INR 6036 Globalization, Regionalism, and Governance
  • PUP 6315 Race, Gender, and Politics
Elective Courses

Select up to 6 hours of coursework related to the specialization. 

Theory and Topics (recommended 3 hours from his list):

  • LIT 6358 Theoretical Approaches to Black Cultural Studies
  • HIS 6445 Postcolonial Theories
  • ANG 6274 Principles of Political Anthropology
  • POT 6056 Modern Political Thought
  • POT 6067 Contemporary Political Theory
  • POT 6306 Liberalism and Its Critics
  • POT 6315 Democratic Theory
  • POT 6416 The Marxist Tradition and its Critics
  • POT 6505 Politics and Theory
  • LIN 6601 Sociolinguistics
  • WST 6348 Ecofeminism
Methods courses

Recommended 3 hours from this list:

  • ANG 6801 Ethnographic Field Methods
  • CCJ 6705 Research Methods in Crime, Law, & Justice
  • GEO 6166 Advanced Quantitative Methods for Spatial Analysis
  • GIS 5107C Geographic Information Systems in Research
  • POS 6737 Political Data Analysis
  • POS 6757 Survey Research
  • SYA 7933 Qualitative Methods
  • POS 6707 Qualitative Research Methods for Political Science
  • WST 6004 Feminist Methods in Research and Scholarship
  • FOL 6943 Romance Language Teaching Methods

Other Elective Courses that may count if Caribbean content is included:

  • ANG 5194 Principles of Archeology
  • ANG 5265 Methods in Ethnoecology
  • ANG 5266 Economic Anthropology
  • ANG 5303 Women and Development
  • INR 6039 International Political Economy
  • INR 6208 Advanced International Relations Theory
  • POT 6516 Political Judgment
  • PUP 6006 Policy Evaluation
  • PUP 6007 Policy Process
  • PUP 6009 Public Policy Analysis
  • ANG 6241 Special Topics in Ecology of Religion
  • ANG 5702 Anthropology and Development
  • GEO 6429 Seminar: Cultural Geography
  • GEA 6419 Seminar: South America
  • GEA 6466 Seminar on Geography of Amazonia
  • GEA 6468 Resource Utilization and Conservation in Latin America
  • LAS 6949 Internship in Latin American Studies
  • PSB 5445 Drug Use and Abuse
  • CPO 5935 Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics
  • SYD 6517 Seminar in Environment and Society
  • SYD 6518 Core Issues in Environmental and Resource Sociology
  • SYD 6706 Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • SYD 6807 Sociology of Gender
  • SYD 6825 Men and Masculinities
  • SYD 7801 Reproduction and Gender
  • SPW 6209 Colonial Spanish-American Literature
  • SPW 6356 Spanish-American Poetry from Romanticism to Vanguardismo
  • SPW 6357 Contemporary Spanish-American Poetry
  • SPW 6366 Spanish-American Essay
  • SPW 6934 Seminar in Spanish American Literature and Culture
  • SPW 6902 Special Study in Spanish or Spanish-American Literature

Courses offered infrequently that may count as electives:

  • AEB 6933 Contemporary Caribbean Agro-Economy
  • ANG 5303 Women and Development
  • ANG 5702 Gender and International Development
  • ANG 6930 Transnational Migration
  • ANG 6387 Anthropology of Latin America (with Caribbean focus)
  • ANG 6930 Cuba, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico
  • ARC 6793 Architecture History: Latin America & Caribbean
  • ARC 6911 Architectural Research I–Preservation Institute: The Caribbean
  • ARC 6912 Architectural Research II–Preservation Institute: The Caribbean
  • ARC 6913 Architectural Research III–Preservation Institute: The Caribbean
  • POS 6157: Community Analysis
  • POS 6196: Patrons, Clients, Corruption, and Accountability
  • FOT 6941: Translation Studies Practicum
  • GEA 6309 Geography of Middle America and the Caribbean
  • HCS 6625 Trends in International Health
  • INR 5935 International Politics of Latin America
  • LAH 5933 Topics in Caribbean History
  • LAH 5934 Special Topics
  • LAS 6938 Gender and Development
  • MUH 6548 Seminar in Caribbean Music
  • MUN 6495 Steel Drum Ensemble
  • SPW 6902 Special Study in Spanish-American Literature (with Caribbean focus)
  • ZOO 5315C Natural History of the Caribbean Area
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 CARIBBEAN STUDIES

Grenville Barnes (Forest Resources and Conservation; Caribbean) Land Tenure, Cadastral and Land Information Systems

Efraín Barradas (Spanish; Cuba) Caribbean Literature

Karen Bjorndal (Biology;  Caribbean) Nutritional Ecology, Sea Turtles

Marc Branham (Entomology; Caribbean, Jamaica) Insect Systematics and Taxonomy

Mark Brenner (Geological Sciences; Caribbean) Limnology, Paleolimnology, Tropical And Subtropical Lakes, And Watersheds

Kenneth Broadway (Music; Caribbean) Percussion

Manoucheka Celeste (Women’s Studies, African American Studies; Haiti) Haitian Diaspora

James Essegbey (Linguistics; Caribbean)  Descriptive, Documentary And Theoretical Linguistics, Syntax-Semantics Interface, Semantics-Pragmatics Interface, Contact linguistics, African Languages, Mountain Languages, Creole Studies

Susan deFrance (Anthropology, Zooarchaeology; Andes)

Vincent Degennaro (Medicine; Haiti) Global Health

Kathryn Dwyer Navajas (Spanish; Dominican Republic)

Edward Evans (Food and Resource Economics; Caribbean) Agricultural Policy Analysis, International Trade, and Development.

Crystal Felima (George A. Smathers Libraries; Haiti & Caribbean) Disaster Risk, Flooding, And Structural Inequalities

David Geggus (History; Haiti) Caribbean history, slavery in the Atlantic world

Lilian Guerra (History; Caribbean) Comparative History of the Caribbean, Caribbean Diasporas, Cuban Revolution

Luke Flory (Plants; Cuba)

Coco Fusco (Art and Art History/Visual Culture Studies; Cuba)

Jonathan Crane (Horticultural Sciences; Caribbean) Tropical Fruit Crop

Clarence Gravlee (Anthropology; Puerto Rico) Medical Anthropology, Ethnicity, Race, and Racism, Human Biological Variation, Cultural Dimensions of Psychosocial Stress, Social Network analysis, cognitive anthropology

Benjamin Hebblethwaite (Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Haiti & Jamaica) Sociolinguistics, Language Documentation, Language Contact, Language Policy and Planning, Linguistics in Literacy and Lexicography

Michael Heckenberger (Anthropology; Brazil and Caribbean) Tropical and Historical Archeology, Pre-Industrial Complex Societies, Built Environment, Cultural Memory and Landscape, Historical and Political Ecology; Anthropology of the Body

John Kaplan (Journalism; Cuba) Photography, Design and International Journalism

William Keegan (Florida Museum; Caribbean) Caribbean prehistory

Michael Lauzardo (Medicine; Haiti) Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine

Pedro Malavet (Law; Puerto Rico) Comparative Law, Critical Race Theory, LatCrit Theory, U.S. Territorial Possessions, Evidence, Civil Procedure

Corene Matyas (Geological Sciences; Caribbean) Tropical Climatology, Severe Weather, Remote Sensing of Rainfall, Natural Hazards

Timothy McLendon (Law; Haiti) Comparative & Florida Constitutional Law, Historic Preservation Law

Alfonso Perez Mendez (Architecture; Cuba) Evolution of Modern Architecture in the Decade after the WWII

William Messina (Food and Resource Economics; Caribbean)

Jacqueline Miller (Florida Museum; Caribbean) Lepidoptera & Biodiversity

Paul Monaghan (Agricultural Education; Haiti) Community-based Social Marketing

Zully A. Rivera-Ramos (Counseling; Puerto Rico) Multiculturalism, Gender, Sexual, and Latinx Identities

Churchill Roberts (Telecommunications; Cuba) Documentary Film Production, Historical Documentary

Leah Rosenberg (English; Jamaica) Anglophone Caribbean, Postcolonialism, Nation Formation, Race, Gender, Sexuality

Fred Royce (Agriculture; Cuba) Agriculture Operations Management, Cooperative Production Systems, Crop Simulation, Climate and Agriculture, International Rural Development, On-Farm Computer Applications.

Tanya Saunders (Latin American Studies, Sociology; Cuba) Queer Studies, African Diaspora Studies, Postcolonial Theory, Sociology of Art

Lynn Sollenberger (Agriculture; Jamaica) Grassland Agroecosystems

Carlos A. Suárez Carrasquillo (Political Science; Puerto Rico & Caribbean) Urban Politics, Gated Communities, City Marketing/Branding

Marilyn Swisher (Family Youth and Community Services; Caribbean) Rural Development, Adult Educational Programs in Community Development, Sustainable and Organic Agriculture

Laurie Taylor (George A. Smathers Libraries; Caribbean)

Brijesh Thapa (Tourism, Recreation & Sport; Caribbean)

Margarita Vargas-Betancourt (Latin American and Caribbean Collection; Caribbean)

Jocelyn Widmer (Urban & Regional Planning; Caribbean, Dominican Republic & Haiti)