Tropical Conservation and Development

The Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) Specialization in the MALAS program is designed to train students for careers in conservation and development research and practice by providing interdisciplinary knowledge and technical skills related to tropical conservation and development.


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

The course requirements are distributed as follows:

  • 6 hours of gateway seminars (preferably in the first semester):
    • LAS 6220 Issues and Perspectives in Latin American Studies
    • LAS 6292/3 Research Design and Methods in Latin American Studies
  • 15 hours of courses in the specialization (see course list)
  • 3 hours of courses with Latin American content outside the specialization, selected in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.

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.

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
Emilio Bruna