Program Overview

All students have to complete the following requirements for the degree before they can be awarded the M.A. in Latin American Studies:

1. Core seminar Latin American Studies 205 (Latin American Scholarship) offered during the Fall quarter;

2. At least eight additional courses distributed between two or three fields, such as anthropology, art history, gender studies, history, politics, public health, sociology, and others;

3. Proficiency in two languages spoken in Latin America: one language at advanced level, the other language at intermediate level. Typically, students who enter the program have already achieved advanced level of Spanish, however, language proficiency in not required for admission to the program;

4. Final project: thesis or a Capstone Project.

Note: Students who choose the thesis option must complete at least nine courses in addition to the core seminar (ten courses total).

Plan A: Capstone Project / Comprehensive Examination Plan

Plan B: Thesis Plan

Latin American Studies Foreign Language Requirement

Before they can graduate, students have to achieve advanced level of one language  and intermediate level of another language spoken in Latin America.  After completing language courses, language petition has to be submitted to the Graduate Division office in 1255 Murphy Hall.

UCLA offers instruction in the following languages relevant to the Latin American Studies degree:  Spanish, Portuguese, Nahuatl, and Quechua.  

Students can complete any of the course options below before they can graduate:  

Spanish 25 (Advanced Spanish) and
Portuguese 11A and 11B (or Portuguese 1, 2, 3)

OR:

Spanish 25 (Advanced Spanish) and
Indigenous Languages of the Americas 18A, 18B, 18C (Quechua) or International and Area Studies M5A, M5B, M5C (Nahuatl)

OR:

Portuguese 25 (Advanced Portuguese) and
Spanish 5 (Intermediate Spanish)

OR:

Portuguese 25 (Advanced Portuguese) and
Indigenous Languages of the Americas 18A, 18B,18C (Quechua) or International and Area Studies M5A, M5B, M5C (Nahuatl)


Students who completed language requirement by taking courses outside of UCLA can be exempt from taking additional language courses at UCLA. Please contact the Advising Office for more information.

Of the nine courses for the Latin American Studies MA, at least five must be at the graduate level, with at least one graduate-level course falling in each of the two or three fields.

All coursework must relate to Latin America, e.g. any research paper or project must focus on the region.

Courses in the 300 and 400 series cannot be applied to the degree. 

Maximum two 500 series courses are allowed for the degree.

All courses must be taken for a letter grade unless they are in 500 series.  The 500 series courses taken for S/U can be applied to the degree but only if the course has no letter grade option. 

 

Fall 2020 Course List

 

Language Courses

Before they can graduate, students have to complete one of the following language course options:

  • Spanish 25 (Advanced Spanish)  and
  • Portuguese 11A and 11B (or Portuguese1, 2, 3)

OR:

  • Spanish 25 (Advanced Spanish) and
  • Indigenous Languages of the Americas 18A, 18B, 18C (Quechua) or International and Area Studies M5A, M5B, M5C (Nahuatl)

OR:

  • Portuguese 25 (Advanced Portuguese) and
  • Spanish 5 (Intermediate Spanish)

OR:

  • Portuguese 25 (Advanced Portuguese) and
  • Indigenous Languages of the Americas 18A, 18B,18C (Quechua) or International and Area Studies M5A, M5B, M5C (Nahuatl)

 

Students who completed language requirement by taking courses outside of UCLA can be exempt from taking additional language courses at UCLA.  Please contact the Advising Office for more information. 

  

 Congratulations to our 2020 Graduates!

Click HERE to join the
International Institute Virtual 
Commencement Celebration!

 

Commencement is an occasion for you to be publicly recognized by the university and your friends & family for your scholastic achievement. And, until we can celebrate in person, the International Institute is planning to hold a virtual celebration to honor our graduating students.

The celebration website will include, among other things, congratulatory messages from Institute faculty and academic counselors, as well as the names of our graduating students by academic program (major, graduate program).  The celebration will include a message from our 2020 International Institute Commencement Speaker, Katya Daniel, Global Studies ‘08. More information about Katya and why she was selected as this year’s speaker can be found
here.

Students who are eligible to participate in the International Institute Commencement Celebration include recent degree candidates and degree recipients for the following undergraduate majors & graduate programs: African Studies, African & Middle Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, East Asian Studies, European Studies, Global Studies, International Development Studies, and Latin American Studies. 

Eligible students have already been contacted about their participation and recognition on the virtual celebration website. If you have not yet been contacted about being recognized at the 2020 International Institute Commencement Celebration, but are seeking inclusion, please contact the Academic Counselor of your program without delay.

The celebration is scheduled to go live on Saturday, June 13 at 6:30pm*, and will be accessible through this website. Please join us then to celebrate our graduates!

*The celebration website will be available for viewing after this date, as well.