Master of Arts in Latin American Studies

The Master in Latin American Studies Program (MALAS) at the University of Florida builds capacities and connections for engaged work throughout the region. Dialogue among faculty and students with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and identities enriches the intellectual journey. Building on two gateway seminars, MALAS students integrate courses from the humanities, social and natural sciences, and professional schools to develop individual programs of study.

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Choose From 12 Different Specializations

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Andean Studies
Brazilian Studies
Caribbean Studies
Arts and Culture of Latin America

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Gender Studies
Development Studies
International Communication
Crime, Law, and Governance in the Americas

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Latino Studies
Religion and Society
Latin American Business Environment
Tropical Conservation and Development

Meredith Fensom

M.A. Latin American Studies, 2004

My degree in Latin American Studies has made me a unique candidate with a well-rounded view of the continent. My MALAS degree has given me knowledge of the history, political structure, and culture that shape the countries and affect how they conduct business. Also, the language requirements encouraged me to learn Brazilian Portuguese which has set me apart from other candidates and has been very helpful when working with the Brazilian government.

What Our Alumni Say

Wendy Pond

M.A. Latin American Studies, 2006

My MALAS degree and related internships gave me the foothold into my current career. While in the MALAS program I interned at the State Department. I didn’t know it at the time, but that internship introduced me to two of my future bosses. When I graduated from the MALAS program, I immediately moved to Washington, D.C. to start the Hispanic Division Huntington Fellowship Program at the Library of Congress. I certainly would not have secured that fellowship except for my degree and thesis research experience.

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Ed Johnson

M.A. Latin American Studies / MBA, 2006

When I was hired by Deloitte, they were excited about my international background and my experience in Latin America. Deloitte was definitely interested in my ability to speak Portuguese and knowledge of Brazil and Latin America. The research you do as a student is pretty similar to consulting. I continuously have to conduct research and use my findings to come up with the best solutions to my clients’ problems.

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Meredith Fensom

M.A. Latin American Studies, 2004

My degree in Latin American Studies has made me a unique candidate with a well-rounded view of the continent. My MALAS degree has given me knowledge of the history, political structure, and culture that shape the countries and affect how they conduct business. Also, the language requirements encouraged me to learn Brazilian Portuguese which has set me apart from other candidates and has been very helpful when working with the Brazilian government.

What Our Alumni Say