Specialization Coordinator: Amy Jo Coffey, acoffey@jou.ufl.edu 

The international communications specialization emphasizes links among mass media, technology, and social change. This interdisciplinary track considers the role of mass communication and related issues within the region of Latin America and globally. The curriculum identifies how the new digital era shapes institutions and individuals (and vice versa), and classes demonstrate connections between emerging technologies/media and topics like immigration, collective action, and the surveillance state.

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.


12 credits total, including courses from at least two academic programs.

Two courses are required (6 credits total) and the remaining credits are selected from the list of electives in consultation with the International Communication specialization coordinator.

Required Courses: 6 credits
  • MMC 5306 International Communication
  • MMC 6400 Mass Communication Theory
Elective Courses: Select 6 credits
  • MMC 5708 Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication
  • MMC 6660 Mass Communication and Society
  • MMC 6936 Mass Communication Statistics
  • MMC 6612 New Media and a Democratic Society*
  • MMC 6936 Documentary and Social Change*
  • MMC 6936 Other Special Topics courses*
  • RTV 4930 Communicating Soccer Globally (Open to graduate students with requirement modifications; contact instructor for details)

* Course content fluctuates and may not always contain substantial international content, so course content for asterisked courses must be reviewed/approved each semester by the coordinator for the International Communication specialization. Special topics and new courses may occasionally emerge and qualify as electives (coordinator approval required).

International Communication specialization students should meet with their coordinator regularly to plan their coursework and learn about course scheduling and availability.

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.


Amy Jo Coffey (Telecommunication) Audience Economics, U.S. Non-English Language Programming, Market Segmentation, Utility of New Media Spaces

Michael Leslie (Telecommunication and Global Leadership Trainer) International/Intercultural Communication, Media, Race, Gender, Sexuality and Ethics in the Americas

Churchill Roberts (Telecommunications, Cuba) Documentary Film Production, Historical Documentary