Master of Arts in Latin American Studies

The Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS) program at the University of Florida develops a deep understanding of Latin America, Latinx, and the Caribbean from an interdisciplinary perspective. 


 

Building on two gateway seminars, MALAS students integrate courses from the humanities, social and natural sciences, and professional schools to develop individual programs of study. Graduates of the program are employed in educational and research institutions, international organizations, government agencies, and private businesses across the Americas; many continue studies in Ph.D. programs.

The MALAS degree consists of 30 credit hours and it typically takes 3-4 semesters to complete. The Center also offers a joint MALAS/JD degree option in collaboration with the UF Levin College of Law. View the program information sheet or complete the Prospective Student form to contact the Graduate Coordinator.

Choose From 13 Specializations

The Center for Latin American Studies supports 13 specializations that foster connections and collaborations around shared interests among faculty and students. Specializations help graduate students and advisors navigate the vast and constantly shifting curricular landscape supporting Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. Our wide range of specializations help students design an individualized, interdisciplinary plan of study. Click on a specialization below to see curricular requirements, associated courses, and affiliated faculty.

Patrick James

Patrick James

Patricia is from Greenville, North Carolina, and received a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Southern Studies from the Appalachian State University. During his undergraduate training, he participated in an ethnographic field school that ran from Quito Ecuador to the Napo province, in the upper Amazon basin. Following his time in Ecuador, he became interested in the anthropology of experience, and the local effects of anthropogenic forces, both climatic and political-economic. During his time in the MALAS program, Patrick hopes to build from his theoretical background and passion for writing, improve his Spanish, and pursue an ethnographic project on the Caribbean coast of Venezuela

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Wendy Pond (2006)

Senior Desk Officer, U.S. Office of Government Ethics

My MALAS degree and related internships gave me the foothold into my current career. While in the MALAS program I interned at the State Department. I didn’t know it at the time, but that internship introduced me to two of my future bosses. When I graduated from the MALAS program, I immediately moved to Washington, D.C. to start the Hispanic Division Huntington Fellowship Program at the Library of Congress. I certainly would not have secured that fellowship except for my degree and thesis research experience.

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Ed Johnson (2006)

Principal (Partner), Deloitte Consulting

When I was hired by Deloitte, they were excited about my international background and my experience in Latin America. The research I had to do as a MALAS student was important to expand my knowledge of issues such as the political and economic environment, the business culture, and the opportunities available in the region. Hence, the MALAS degree was crucial for my development as a professional.

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Diana Moreno (2016)

Assistant Director of Multicultural & Diversity Affairs, University of Florida

The MALAS program challenged not just my intellectual and academic development but was a catalyst for the understanding of my own identity and social position as a Latina. The opening of a position in Hispanic Latino Affairs at UF led me to the field of Student Affairs. After a year of working with the Hispanic-Latinx student population, I was promoted to Assistant Director of Multicultural & Diversity Affairs. I currently work on social justice education initiatives and run an intergroup dialogue program called Gatorship.

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Wendy Pond (2006)

Senior Desk Officer, U.S. Office of Government Ethics

My MALAS degree and related internships gave me the foothold into my current career. While in the MALAS program I interned at the State Department. I didn’t know it at the time, but that internship introduced me to two of my future bosses. When I graduated from the MALAS program, I immediately moved to Washington, D.C. to start the Hispanic Division Huntington Fellowship Program at the Library of Congress. I certainly would not have secured that fellowship except for my degree and thesis research experience.

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