LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES - Dept. Code:  LAS
http://www.as.miami.edu/lasp/degrees/masters
http://www.as.miami.edu/lasp/degrees/masters-gis
http://www.as.miami.edu/lasp/degrees/journalism
http://www.as.miami.edu/lasp/degrees/filas


DEGREE PROGRAMS

MASTER OF ARTS IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

A. The Master of Arts in Latin American Studies is a 30-credit interdisciplinary degree characterized by a high degree of flexibility in allowing students to create course of study focused on Latin American and the Caribbean that serves the interests of the student. Combining core courses offered by the program with a large variety of co-listed and cross-listed courses offered by departments, programs, and units throughout the University of Miami, the program is able to offer a tremendous amount of diversity in courses available for credit towards this degree. This allows students to combine course offerings from around the university into a cohesive course of study that allows them to specialize in an area, topic, country, theme, or issue of their choosing and thus to tap into the many resources available at the University of Miami for students with a passion for Latin America and the Caribbean.

B. The program consists of two core Latin American and Caribbean seminars, two regional fundamentals, and a minimum of three additional seminars to be taken as electives. Students will also be required to take one research methods course at the 500-level.
1. The core seminars are: LAS501 “Graduate Seminar in Latin American Studies” and LAS502 Research Design in Latin American Studies”

2. Regional Fundamentals are those courses that have a clear regional or sub-regional focus (e.g. Andean Region; the Caribbean; South America; Central America; Southern Cone; Brazil; South Florida) rather than a specific country focus.

3. Electives may be taken from any pre-approved co-listed, cross-listed, or core LAS courses at the 500-level or above, or with the approval of the degree director.

4. A Research Methods course may be chosen from any available and accessible Research Methods courses available at the University of Miami, but must be appropriate to the course of study chosen by the student and requires approval of the degree director. Under special circumstances, the research methods requirement may be waived with the prior approval of the degree director.

C. Students are required to write a master’s thesis, create an equivalent capstone project, or pass a comprehensive exam. The latter two options require the approval of the degree director. For each of these options, a committee consisting of at least three members is required. Students who opt for the comprehensive exam will take two more electives in the place of six credits of LAS710.

D. Students must demonstrate advanced language competence in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, or French by passing a course taught in the target language at the 500-level or above, or by passing a language competency exam.

E. With approval from the Director of Latin American Studies degree programs, students may also take their elective credits with Latin Americanists in other Schools such as Communication, Law, Business, or Marine Sciences.

F. Students who are simultaneously enrolled in a certificate program (other than GIS) at the University of Miami may double-count courses between the certificate program and the Master of Arts in Latin American Studies, with approval of the degree director. In select cases (such as methods courses), seminars and courses at the 500-level that do not specifically target Latin America or the Caribbean but for which the final project or paper produced by the student is focused on Latin America may be counted towards the Master of Arts in Latin American Studies, subject to the approval of the degree director.

MASTER OF ARTS IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES WITH GIS CERTIFICATE

A. The Master of Arts in Latin American Studies with GIS certificate is a 30-credit interdisciplinary degree characterized by a high degree of flexibility in allowing students to create course of study focused on Latin American and the Caribbean that serves the interests of the student, while allowing students to focus on obtaining specific skills in geographic Information Systems (GIS). Combining core courses offered by the program with a large variety of co-listed and cross-listed courses offered by departments, programs, and units throughout the University of Miami, the program is able to offer a tremendous amount of diversity in courses available for credit towards this degree. This allows students to combine course offerings from around the university into a cohesive course of study that allows them to specialize in an area, topic, country, theme, or issue of their choosing and thus to tap into the many resources available at the University of Miami for students with a passion for Latin America and the Caribbean.

B. The GIS option allows students to work towards a graduate certificate in GIS through the department of Geographic and Regional Studies while working towards their Master of Arts in Latin American Studies.

C. Required courses for this program are: LAS501 “Graduate Seminar in Latin American Studies,” LAS502 “Research design in Latin American Studies,” GEG599 “Introduction to GIS,” GEG591 “Intermediate GIS,” GEG592 “Environmental Remote Sensing” OR an appropriate GIS research methods elective, and three electives.

D. Students in this program will have six credits in LAS710 which will consist of a GIS capstone project with a focus on Latin America, the Caribbean, or South Florida. Students will require a three-member committee to oversee the capstone project. A group project may be allowed with approval of the degree director.

LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES AND JOURNALISM DUAL M.A. DEGREE

Offered in the multi-cultural setting of Miami, a focal point for Caribbean Basin economic, political, immigration and communication flows, the School of Communication and College of Arts and Sciences have designed this joint degree program focusing on cross-cultural and international journalism. Students leave the university after four semesters and a summer with two M.A. degrees in hand, one in Journalism and the other in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. This specialized course of study is for students who wish to enter careers in journalism and communication specializing on the issues, economies, and peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean region. Sustainable economic development, immigration, social justice and human rights, the environment, international business, and U.S.-Latin American relations are just some of the areas in which students may specialize in an individually tailored course of study anchored by a core of fundamentals. Because this is a joint offering, 18 credits are shared between the two M.A. programs.

FIRST FALL SEMESTER REQUIRED COURSES (based on availability): 12 CREDITS

CNJ 611 News Writing and Reporting Seminar (3) or
CEM 606 Writing and Reporting Across Platforms
LAS 501 Graduate seminar in Latin American Studies (3)
CNJ 510 Comparative Media Systems (3)
LAS 503 Program Seminar in Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (3)

FIRST SPRING SEMESTER REQUIRED COURSES: 12 CREDITS

CNJ 619 Advanced Newsgathering and Writing Seminar (3)
LAS 502 Interdisciplinary Research Methods (3)
CNJ 599 Advanced Projects and Directed Research (3)
LAS 503 Program Seminar in Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (3)

SUMMER SEMESTER REQUIRED COURSES: 5 CREDITS

LAS 505 Internship in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (5)

SECOND FALL SEMESTER REQUIRED COURSES: 13 CREDITS

COM 601 Theories of Communication (3)
COM 545 Intercultural Communication: International Perspectives (3)
LAS 503 Program Seminar in Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (3)
CNJ 654 Writing for Publication (3)
LAS 710 Pre-candidacy Thesis Credits (1)

SECOND SPRING SEMESTER REQUIRED COURSES: 12 CREDITS

CNJ 614 Media Law and Ethics Seminar (3)
LAS 503 Program Seminar in Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (3)
CNJ 654 Writing for Publication (3)
LAS 710 Pre-candidacy Thesis Credits (3)

TOTAL CREDITS (for the MA in Journalism) = 36 CREDITS

FILAS (Fellows in Latin American Studies)
In this highly selective Honors Program, students follow a rigorous, accelerated curriculum to complete a dual degree (B.A./M.A.) in Latin American and Caribbean Studies in five years. The program provides exciting collaborative research, travel, and work opportunities.

Working with UM’s world-class faculty in various academic disciplines, FILAS participants design individualized curricula. In addition to the regular general education course requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, FILAS students choose one focus track for their most advanced courses: Social Sciences, Literature & Culture, Communication, Public Health, Environmental Studies, or History. For broad-based, multi-disciplinary preparation, students choose courses that focus on Latin America and the Caribbean from the following categories (at least ten of these courses must be taken at the Master’s level):

• Two History courses
• Two International Studies courses
• Two Economics courses
• Two advanced Languages and Literatures courses (SPA, POR, FRE, or HAI)
• Seven courses in Study Abroad
• One course as internship/co-op credits
• Five courses above the 300-level (third-year) in a range of disciplines
• Ten courses in one focus track Six thesis credits (LAS710)
• Six thesis credits (LAS710)

150 total credits

FILAS students also write a thesis based on an original research project. In addition, they present their findings in a meeting of the UM Center for Latin American Studies in their final semester.

FILAS ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
• SAT1 composite score of 1360 or ACT 31.
• Top 10% of high school graduating class.
• Regular Application for Admission to the University of Miami. We recommend students submit their applications by November 15.
• Recommendations from three high school teachers.
• Statement of interest in FILAS, emphasizing prior language or area study
• To continue through the Master’s level, students must maintain at least a 3.4 GPA and they must take the GRE Exam.

REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION
For more information, contact:

LAS Degree Programs
University of Miami
1111 Memorial Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33124-2302
(305) 284-8180
FAX (305) 284-2796
lasgrad@miami.edu