Specialization Coordinator: Carlos de la Torre

The Latin American Politics specialization in the Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS) program provides an interdisciplinary, comparative study of Latin American history, politics, public policies, race, gender, and society. Drawing on a wealth of expertise in the disciplines of Anthropology, History, Political Science, and Sociology, this specialization offers a wide range of courses and training that prepare students for research and applied careers in academia, foreign service, and international/transnational organizations.

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 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 Politics Specialization Requirements

12 credits total, including courses from at least two academic programs.
Contributing Courses: Select 12 hours of coursework from the following:

Graduate Courses
  • LAH 4602/5934 The Conquest of Amazonia
  • LAH 4630/5637: Brazil after 1750
  • LAH 6936 Brazilian Historiography
  • LAH XXXX The Cuban Revolution
  • LAH 3931 Film, Image & Revolution in Cuba
  • LAH 4433 Modern Mexico
  • LAH 3931 Crime and Criminality in Latin America
  • LAH 3741 Latin American Revolutions
  • CPO 3044 Democracy in Dark Times
  • CPO 4306 Problems in Latin American Politics: Human Rights
  • CPO 4384 Argentina and the Politics of Memory
  • CPO 6307/LAS 6938 Introduction to Latin American Politics
  • XXX XXXX Perspectives on Democratization
  • INR 4244 International Politics of Latin America
  • PUP 6007 Policy Process
  • PAD 6434 Leadership and Ethics in Public Agencies
  • POS 6933 Special Topics: Gender & Politics
  • XXX XXXX Gender, Race, & Politics in the Americas
  • LAS 6938 Ethnographies of the State in Latin America
  • LAS 6938 Latin American Elites
  • LAS 6220 Issues and Perspectives in Latin American Studies
  • LAS XXXX Fascism and Populism
  • LAS 4935/6938 The Black Radical Tradition in the Americas
  • LAS 4935/6938 Queer in Latin America
  • LAS 4935/6938 Black in the Americas
Methods Courses
  • POS 4931/LAS 4935/LAS 6938 Latin American Area Seminar: Qualitative Methods
  • LAH 4930 History Research Seminar: Latin America
Undergraduate Courses
  • LAH 3100 Emergence of New Nations: 1750-1880s
  • LAH 3300 Contemporary Latin America: 1870s-2000s
  • POS XXXX City Politics and Sports in Latin America
  • POS 4931 Politics of the Caribbean
  • POS 4931/INR 3931 Gated Communities in Latin America
  • POS 4931 Politics of Latin American Housing
  • POS 4931 Politics of Puerto Rico
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.


Leslie Anderson

Carlos de la Torre

Lillian Guerra

Andrew Janusz

Carmen Martínez Novo

Jeffrey D. Needell

Christian Pérez

Juliana Restrepo

Tanya Saunders

Carlos Suárez

Heather Vrana