Specialization Coordinator: Brian Gendreaubrian.gendreau@warrington.ufl.edu 
Associate Director of LABE: Mary Risnermrisner@latam.ufl.edu 

The Latin American Business Environment (LABE) program is for students with a keen interest in Latin America who seek to acquire the analytical skills for careers in business, non-government organizations, or government. The program also serves the general public and business community through speaking engagements and publications, including the annual Latin American Business Environment report.

Purpose of specializations in Latin American Studies
  • To help graduate students and advisors to navigate the vast and constantly shifting curricular landscape supporting Latin American Studies at UF.
  • To foster connection and collaboration around shared interests among current and prospective UF faculty and students.
Requirements for Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies at UF
  • Complete 30 credit hours, fulfilling distribution requirements listed below
  • Demonstrate advanced proficiency in Portuguese, Spanish, or Haitian Creole
  • Produce a thesis, internship, or capstone project
Course distribution requirements
  • 6 hours of gateway seminars
    • LAS 6220 Issues and Perspectives in Latin American Studies
    • LAS 6292/3 Research Design and Methods in Latin American Studies
  • At least 15 of the 30 total hours completed in courses listed as LAS
  • Thesis students must register for LAS 6971 in the semester of graduation
  • Internship students must register for 3 credits of LAS 6949
  • 12 hours of courses in an interdisciplinary specialization*

*Students may take more than 12 credits—potentially as many as 21 of required 30 credits—in courses associated with interdisciplinary specialization of choice

Latin American Business Environment Specialization Requirements: 12 credits

The business specialization requires three on-campus courses for five credits, one of which is a 1-credit, individual-study tutorial in Latin American Political Economy. LABE students are also expected to go on the graduate business school’s international trip, GEB6930 Global Immersion Experience (2 credits). Students have found this trip to be enormously useful, especially if they have no business experience in the region. In recent years, the trips have featured visits to leading companies in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, and Peru. The GIE fills up fast, so an early application is encouraged. The remaining five credits of this specialization can be selected from a list of optional courses selected in consultation with the LABE program director.

Required Courses
  • LAS 6295 Latin American Business Environment (2 credits)
  • LAS 6905 Tutorial on Latin American Political Economy (1 credit)
  • FIN 6638 International Finance (2 credits) or FIN 6575 Emerging Markets Finance (2 credits)
  • GEB6930 Global Immersion Experience (2 credits)
Elective Courses
  • Master of International Business (For permission to enroll in MIB courses, contact MIB advisor Ana I. Portocarrero, 352-273-0341)
  • BUL 6852 International Business Law (2 credits)
  • ECO 5715 Open Economy Macroeconomics (2 credits)
  • FIN 6608 Finance Management/Multinational Corporation (2 credits)
  • FIN 6638 International Finance (2 credits)
  • FIN 6642 Global Entrepreneurship (2 credits)
  • GEB 6366 Fundamentals of International Business (2 credits)
  • MAN 6618 International Operation/Logistics (2 credits)
  • MAN 6635 International Human Resource Management (2 credits)
  • MAN 6636 Global Strategic Management (2 credits)
  • MAR 6157 International Marketing (2 credits)
Business Language
  • SPN 3224 Business FLAC–Spanish (1 credit)
  • POR 3224 Business FLAC–Portuguese (1 credit)
  • SPN 3440 Commercial Spanish (3 credits)
  • POW 4930 Business Portuguese (3 credits)
  • POW 4930 Tourism in Brazil (3 credits - Offered on a rotating basis)
  • SPN 3440 Commercial Spanish (3 credits)
  • SPN 3443 Marketing & Advertising in the Spanish-Speaking World (3 credits)
College of Journalism and Communication
  • MMC 6600 Mass Communication and Society (3 credits)
  • PUR 6607 Public Relations Management (3 credits)
College of Law

Law credit hours vary. For permission to enroll in law courses, contact Associate Dean Rachel Inman, inman@law.ufl.edu.

  • LAW 6263 International Human Rights Law
  • LAW 6262 International Law
  • LAW 6936 International Crimes
  • LAW 6936 Law and Policy in the Americas
  • AEB 6933 Economic Development in Latin America (3 credits)
  • ECO 5702 Managerial Economics (2 credits)
  • ENT 6416 Venture Finance (2 credits)
  • ENT 6506 Social Entrepreneurship (2 credits)
  • FIN 6528 Asset Allocation and Investment Strategy (2 credits)
  • FIN 6366 Fundamentals of International Business (2)
Food and Resource Economics
  • AEB 6645 Economic Development and Agriculture (3 credits)
  • AEB 7645 Economic Development (3 credits)
  • LAS 6938 Spatial and Economic modeling (3 credits)
  • LAS 6905 Latin American Business Internships (1-4 credits)
Political Science/LAS
  • LAS 6938/ CPO 6307 Latin American Politics (3 credits)
  • LAS 6938 Crime and Violence in Latin America (3 credits)
  • LAS 6938 Policing the Americas (3 credits)
Frequency of course offerings

Before each semester, the Center compiles and posts online a Guide to hundreds of LAS-related courses available the coming semester. Some courses contributing to specializations are offered every semester, others once every few years. The list of courses provided here is not intended to guarantee any curricular offerings, but rather to open horizons to topics that have been and may be offered in widely varied programs around UF.

Additional courses

Each specialization offers students the opportunity to craft personalized programs of study and to add their own contributions. Students may identify additional courses relevant for a specialization, including new and one-time offerings, and may seek approval from the Specialization Coordinator to count such courses toward specialization credits.


Any faculty member who teaches one of the courses listed above has an interest in Latin America to the extent the courses have content relevant to understanding the business environment in Latin America. Faculty with a special interest in the region include:

Brian Gendreau (Finance and Latin American Studies) Emerging Markets, Asset Allocation, and Financial Crises.

Rebecca Hanson (Latin American Studies/Sociology; Venezuela and Colombia) Crime and Citizen Security, Political Sociology, Human Rights, Global Studies, Urban Sociology, Social Movements and Citizen Participation, Gender; Latin America, Qualitative Methods.

Timothy McLendon (Law; Haiti) Comparative & Florida Constitutional Law, Historic Preservation Law.

Andy Naranjo (Finance) International Finance, Asset Pricing, Corporate Finance, Real Estate Finance, Capital Market Linkages and Flows, Information Flows and Processing.

Mary Risner (Latin American Studies, Associate Director of Outreach and Business Programs, Project Manager of Florida/Brazil Institute) Global education, Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP), teacher professional development, and Globally Networked Learning Environments (GNLEs).

Pilar Useche (Latin American Studies & Food and Resource Economics; Andes and Central America) Land Policy, Natural Resource Economics.

Robert Walker (Latin American Studies/Geography) Amazon, Land Change, Geospatial Analysis.