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

The Capstone Project consists of the submission of three research papers (at least one seminar and two upper division papers) and evaluation of them by the ad hoc committee. The original evaluators of each paper will constitute each student’s three-person ad hoc committee.

Note: It is the student’s responsibility to contact each member of the committee as early as possible, so that faculty can indicate if they want revisions in the papers before they are formally submitted to program's office. Please make sure that you give the committee members plenty of time to review your papers, recommend corrections, and make comments.

 

Plan B: Thesis Plan

The thesis plan requires the completion of an approved thesis that demonstrates the student's ability to perform original, independent research. The thesis option is available by permission of the graduate adviser. Upon obtaining permission, the student, in consultation with the graduate adviser, selects a three-member faculty committee to supervise and assess the thesis. The thesis committee works closely with the student in the development, writing, and revision of the thesis, and is responsible for reading, evaluating, and approving the drafts and final version of the thesis, ensuring thereby that it meets the University standards of scholarship.

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.

UCLA Class Schedule

Fall 2021 Course List for Latin American Studies M.A.

 

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  series cannot be applied to the degree. 

One course (4 units) in the 400 series professional courses can be applied toward the M.A. degree as electives by petition to the chair.

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. 

 

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 2021 Graduates!

You are invited 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 also include a message from our 2021 International Institute Commencement Speaker, Joelle Gamble, International Development Studies ‘12. More information about Joelle 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 2021 International Institute Commencement Celebration, but are seeking inclusion, please contact the Academic Counselor of your program without delay.

Graduates are also encouraged to submit photos and short videos reflecting their time as a UCLA student! Information about doing so can be obtained by contacting their Academic Counselor.

The celebration is scheduled to go live on Saturday, June 12 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.

OTHER COMMENCEMENT RECOGNITION

UCLA is also planning to recognize the Class of 2021 at an in-person recognition ceremony in June. For more information, please click here.

In addition, the UCLA College of Letters and Science will be offering its own Virtual Commencement Celebration.  For information on that, please click here.