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Master of Arts

Course Requirements

  • A total of 30 credit hours from graduate courses related to Latin America and the Caribbean. All courses must come from the CLACS Course List or students must gain prior approval for the course to count towards the MA degree using the Course Approval Form.
  • A major concentration of at least 12 credit hours and a minor concentration of at least 9 credit hours. Examples of major and minor concentrations (which students choose in consultation with the CLACS Director):
    • Thematic Fields: Anthropology, Critical Race Studies, Cultural Studies, Education Policy, Ethnomusicology, Folklore, Gender Studies, History, Indigenous Studies, Social Movements, Political Ecology and Development
    • Geographic Fields: Andes, Brazil, Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, Southern Cone
  • 3 credit hours of L501, an interdisciplinary seminar with variable topics and area focus.
  • The remaining 6 credit hours from Latin American and Caribbean studies courses or related courses in other departments.
  • Please see the CLACS Courses page for a listing of current courses.
  • Plan out the courses you will take during your Master’s career by using the Terminal MA Degree Planning Form or the Dual MA Degree Planning Form for Dual Degree Students.

Language Requirement

Reading proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Maya, or Quechua must be demonstrated through one of the following methods: by passing a proficiency examination by the respective foreign language departments, earning a grade of B (3.0) or better in a graduate readings, literature or language course taught in the language, or by passing a reading examination prepared by CLACS. Find out more about languages offered through CLACS.


G.P.A. - B (3.0) average or above must be maintained in all courses counted towards the M.A. degree. In addition, any students who fall below a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.4 (for students who matriculate in 2015-2016 and after) or 3.0 (for those students who matriculated prior to 2015) may be placed on academic probation. Please see the CLACS Graduate Academic Hanfbook.pdf for more information about satisfactory progress.

Final Requirement

All students must choose between the following three options as a final degree requirement in order to complete their MA degree: two final exam essays, a final research paper, or a thesis. Read more about the final requirements and download the proposal forms for the thesis, research paper, and exams.

Contact Katherine Cashman, the CLACS Academic Secretary at kcashman[at] with any questions about the M.A. program.