Students pursuing the Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS) specialization in International Communication must have completed Statistical Methods in Social Research I (STA 6126) for the Theory Option and Advanced Law of Mass Communication (MMC 5206L) for the Mass Communication and Society Option. Equivalent courses may qualify if approved by the specialization coordinator.


MALAS students must complete 30 credit hours, including a thesis, internship or capstone project related to the specialization, and demonstrate advanced proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese.

The course requirements are distributed as follows:

  • 6 hours of gateway seminars:
    • Issues and Perspectives in Latin American Studies
    • 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 for fall or spring, or 2 credit hours for summer.

Required Courses

  • MMC 5306 International Communication
  • MMC 6307 Seminar in International Communication

Optional Courses

(A)—Theory Option (choose two)

  • MMC 6400 Mass Communication Theory
  • MMC 6402 Seminar in Mass Communication Theory
  • MMC 6421 Research Methods in Mass Communication

(B)—Mass Communication and Society Option

  • MMC 6660 Mass Communication & Society

Choose one from below

  • ADV 6403 International Advertising
  • MMC 5005 Mass Communication History
  • PUR 6608 International Public Relations


  • Amy Jo Coffey (Telecommunications)
  • John Kaplan (Journalism)
  • Michael Leslie (Telecommunication)
  • Juan-Carlos Molleda (Public Relations)
  • Churchill Roberts (Documentary Institute)

Contact Information

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

Graduate Advisor
Susan Paulson

Specialization Coordinator
Churchill Roberts