The Crime, Law, and Governance in the Americas (CLGA) Specialization for the Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS) program is designed to train students in the interdisciplinary, comparative study of crime in Latin America and the U.S. It prepares students for research and applied careers in the fields of law and governance in relation to crime in the Americas.


MALAS students must complete 30 credit hours of approved courses, write a thesis on a topic related to the specialization, and demonstrate intermediate-high 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                             

- 6 hours of core courses (select two, at least one of them must be a LAS course):

  • LAS 6938-ANG 6930 Crime and Violence in Latin America
  • LAS 6938-ANG 6930 Law and Order in the Americas
  • CCJ 6039 Law and Society
  • CCJ 6920: Criminological Theories

- 6 to 9 hours of optional courses in the specialization (see below)

- 3 to 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 in fall or spring, or 2 credit hours in summer.

Specialization Courses

Theory and Topics (select two or three):

  • AMH 5930 Drugs in American History
  • ANG 6274: Principles of Political Anthropology
  • ANG 6452: Race and Racism in Anthropological Theory
  • ANG 6453: Human Rights in a Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • ANG 6930: War and Forgetting in the Americas
  • ANG 6930: Ethnography of Illicit Worlds
  • ANG 6930: Legal Anthropology
  • ANG 6930: Global Gender Violence
  • CCJ 5934: Gender and Crime
  • CCJ 6092: Drugs, Crime, and Policy
  • CCJ 6285: Criminal Justice Process
  • CCJ 6643: White Collar Crime
  • CJC 6120: Corrections & Public Policy
  • LAS 6936-6938: Law & Policy in the Americas
  • LAS 6938-CPO 6307: Latin American Politics
  • LAS 6938: Anthropology of Latin America
  • LAS 6938-LAH 5934: Revolution and Conflict in Central America
  • LAS 6938: Latin American and Caribbean Migration to the United States
  • LAW 6936-LAS 6938: Trade & Human Rights in the Americas
  • SYA 7933: Race, Crime, and Law

Methods courses (may select one as part of the specialization requirements):

  • ANG 5485: Research Design in Anthropology
  • ANG 6801: Ethnographic Field Methods
  • CCJ 6705: Qualitative Research Methods
  • SYA 7933: Qualitative Design and Analysis
  • SYA 7933: Research Design and Practice
  • GIS 5107C: Geographic Information Systems in Research

Course Substitutions

Course substitutions can only be made with prior approval from the CLGA Program. To request a course substitution, send an e-mail message to CLGA Academic Advisor, explaining the proposed substitution. Attach an electronic copy of the alternate course syllabus.

Core Faculty

Richard Kernaghan (Anthropology)
Jodi Lane (Criminology)
Marvin Krohn (Criminology)
Jodi Schorb (English)
Joseph Spillane (History)
Jeffrey Adler (History)

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 Coordinators

Richard Kernaghan