The Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS) specialization in Gender Studies focuses on the intersection of gender with other social vectors including race and ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, and nationality. As a multi- and inter-disciplinary plan of study, courses in this specialization are drawn from such diverse fields as Anthropology, Linguistics, Sociology, Religion, Women’s Studies, Law, Urban and Regional Planning. The goal of the specialization is to deepen students’ knowledge of the ways in which gender figures in such arenas as family, work, religion, politics, economy, and society, as well as in history, culture, arts, and literature throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.


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

  • 6 hours of gateway seminars:
    • LAS 6220 Issues and Perspectives in Latin American Studies
    • LAS 6938 Research Design and Methods in Latin American Studies
  • 12-15 hours of courses in the specialization (see below)
  • 9 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,  2 credit hours in summer.

Courses in the Specialization

Required Courses (two required)

  • ANG 5303 Women and Development
  • ANG 6303 Gender and International Development
  • ANG 6930 Gender and Change in the African Diaspora
  • LAW 6930 International Human Rights
  • LIN 5657 Gender and Language
  • SOC 7933 Sociology of Latinos
  • WST 6348 EcoFeminism
  • WST 6508 Advanced Feminist Theory
  • WST 6935 Feminist Ethnography
  • WST 6935 Gender and Cultural Politics in Latin America
  • WST 6935 Human Rights: Women in the Americas

Optional Courses (In these courses, the student must write a paper related to gender issues in Latin America)

  • AEE 5073 Agriculture, Resources, People and the Environment
  • ANG 5702 Anthropology and Development
  • ANG 6930 Seminar on Transnational Development
  • ANG 5255 Rural Peoples in a Modern World
  • ANG 5266 Economic Anthropology
  • ANG 6930 Seminar on Crisis and Change
  • SUR 6427 Land Tenure and Administration
  • AEB 5167 Economic Analysis of Small Farm Livelihoods
  • AEB 6651 Latin American Agricultural Development
  • AEB 5232 Farming Systems Research and Extension Methods
  • FYC 6932 International Perspectives on Aging and Caregiving
  • HSC 6625 Trends in International Health
  • PHC 6937 International Health
  • LAS 6938 Challenges to Development in Latin America
  • LAS 6938 Immigration, Politics and Religion
  • LAS 6938 Trade and Human Rights in the Americas
  • MMC 5306 International Communications
  • MMC 6936 Intercultural Communications
  • CPO 6077 Comparative Social Movements
  • CPO 6091 Introduction to Comparative Policy Analysis
  • LEI 6834 Ecotourism
  • REL 6387 Religion in Latin America
  • REL 5195 Religion and Social Change
  • SYA 7933 Environment and Society
  • URP 6905 Urban Formation and Development in the Americas


  • Carmen Diana Deere (LAS and Food and Resource Economics; agricultural development, gender and development, political economy; Brazil, Andes, Central America, Caribbean)
  • Lillian Guerra (History; Cuba and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean)
  • Faye Harrison (Anthropology; African diaspora, social inequality, human rights, political economy; Caribbean)
  • Tace Hedrick (English; Chicana/o and Latino/a literature and culture; feminist theory)
  • Berta Hernández-Truyol (Law; human rights, gender and race; general)
  • Susan Paulson (LAS and Anthropology, Gender, Environment, Political Ecology)
  • Milagros Peña (Women’s Studies and Sociology; religion, social movements, gender, race and ethnicity; Peru, Mexico)
  • Marianne Schmink (LAS and Anthropology; sustainable development, regional development, women and development; Brazil)

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
Carmen Diana Deere