Curriculum

Students will choose one of two tracks within the degree program: a thesis track and an examination track. The thesis track prepares students for graduate work at the doctoral level in Latin American Studies or one of its constituent disciplines, while the examination track prepares students for employment in the private and public sectors.

I. Thesis track (30 hours)

  1. Interdisciplinary core (12 hours)
    • Two sections of LTAM 5600 Seminar in Latin American Studies (6 hours).
    • LTAM 6910 Thesis Tutorial (3 hours).
    • LTAM 6920 Masters Thesis (3 hours). As part of this course, students will prepare and defend a thesis before a committee composed of three faculty members from at least two different disciplines. A satisfactory grade (A or B) on the thesis is required for graduation.
  2. Multidisciplinary work (18 hours)
    • Social Sciences: LTAM 6100 and one other course in the social sciences (6 hours)
    • History: Two courses in Latin American history (6 hours)
    • Humanities: LTAM 6300 and one other humanities course (6 hours)
    • Note: Up to two of these courses may be independent studies (LTAM 6800 and/or 6801)

II. Examination track (30 hours)

  1. Interdisciplinary core (9 hours)
    • Two sections of LTAM 5600 Seminar in Latin American Studies (6 hours) Or one section of LTAM 5600 and 3 hours of LTAM 6400 Internship.
    • LTAM 6950 Comprehensive Examination (3 hours). Based on an interdisciplinary reading list of at least 40 titles, students will take a written and oral comprehensive examination before a committee composed of three faculty members from at least two different disciplines. A satisfactory grade (A or B) on the written examination is required to proceed to the oral examination; in case of an unsatisfactory grade, the written examination may be retaken once. Similarly, a satisfactory grade of A or B on the oral examination is required for graduation, and the student may retake the oral examination once in case of an unsatisfactory grade.
  2. Multidisciplinary work (21 hours)
    • Social Sciences: LTAM 6100 and one other course in the social sciences (6 hours)
    • History: Two courses in Latin American history (6 hours)
    • Humanities: LTAM 6300 and one other humanities course (6 hours)
    • One other course taken in any of the categories above.
      Note: Up to two of these courses may be independent studies (LTAM 6800 and/or 6801)