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.

Plan A: 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. 

 

Winter 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.