Specialization Coordinator: Dr. Tanya Saunders
The Brazilian Studies specialization in the Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS) provides a well-rounded study of Brazilian history, culture, and society, preparing students for careers in academia, foreign service, and international/transnational organizations. Faculty and courses draw from the social and natural sciences, the humanities, and the arts to provide training and research opportunities for students whose career plans and educational goals center on Brazil, Latin America’s largest and only Lusophone nation.
Students interested in Brazil will find a richness of resources and opportunities at the University of Florida. We offer targeted Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships funding for the study of Brazilian Portuguese. We have one of the oldest continuous Study Abroad opportunities open to graduate students, UF in Rio. UF library collection of Brazilian and Brazilianist holdings is among the top in the nation. Read more about UF’s connections to Brazil here.
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, Haitian Creole, or another creole or indigenous language of the region.
- 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 6293 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
BRAZILIAN STUDIES SPECIALIZATION REQUIREMENTS
12 credits total, including courses from at least two academic programs.
Students pursuing the specialization in Brazilian Studies must have previous knowledge of Portuguese and/or completed Composition and Conversation (POR 3243) or an equivalent course approved by the specialization coordinator.
Contributing Courses: select 12 credits, at least 3 as LAS 6938
- ANG 5336/LAS 6938 Peoples of Brazil
- ANG 6930 Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon
- GEO 6466 Seminar on Amazonia
- LAH 5637 Brazil after 1750
- LAH 5607 History of Amazonia
- LAH 6936 Historiography of Brazil
- LAS 6938/MUH 6935 Music and the Construction of Brazilian Identity
- MUH 6549 Seminar on Brazilian Music
- POW 6276 Twentieth Century Brazilian Novel
- POW 6385 Brazilian Lyric
- POW 6386 Brazilian Drama
- POW 6905 Individual Work
- POW 6930 Special Topics in Brazilian Portuguese/Literature*
- FOR 6668 Community Forest Management
- LAS 6290 The Amazon
Also relevant are variable topics courses (LAS 6938/ANG 6930) and independent studies with 100% Brazil-related content.
Graduate students may also arrange to take undergraduate courses in POW with some adjustments. See Dr. M. Elizabeth Ginway for details and consult Specialization Coordinator for approval.
FACULTY & STAFF ENGAGED WITH BRAZILIAN STUDIES
Emilio Bruna (Latin American Studies/Wildlife Ecology) Tropical conservation; scientometrics)
Larry Crook (Music) Ethnomusicology; Percussion
Andréa Ferreira (Spanish and Portuguese Studies) Race and Nation-Building, Brazilian Literature and History
M. Elizabeth Ginway (Spanish and Portuguese Studies) Brazilian Literature, Science Fiction, Cinema
Michael Heckenberger (Anthropology) Amazon, Ethnoarchaeology, Embodiment, Urban Studies
Karen Kainer (Latin American Studies/Forest Resources and Conservation) Brazil, Mexico, Community-based forest management, Tropical forest ecology, Amazon conservation, and sustainable development
Michael Leslie (Telecommunication); Race, Communication, and Development
Paul Losch (Latin American and Caribbean Collection)
Jeffrey Needell (History) Brazilian History, Early Modern Latin America; History of Amazonia
Stephen Perz (Sociology) Environment, Population, development, and Quantitative Methods
Mary Risner (Latin American Studies) Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP); Global Education, Project Manager for Florida-Brazil Linkage Institute
Tanya Saunders (Latin American Studies/Sociology) Queer Studies, African Diaspora Studies, Postcolonial Theory, Sociology of Art
Marianne Schmink (Latin American Studies) Anthropology; Amazon, Gender and Development
Cynthia Simmons (Geography) Agrarian Reform, Land Conflict, Political Ecology
Jeanne-Marie Stacciarini (Nursing) Mental Health Nursing, Mixed Methods Research, Brazilian Healthcare System
Welson Tremura (Latin American Studies/Music) Brazilian Music, Ethnomusicology
Robert Walker (Latin American Studies/Geography) Amazon, Land Change, Geospatial Analysis
Robin Wright (Religion) Indigenous Religious Traditions