The M.A. in Latin American Studies (MALAS) encourages students to design broad-based programs of study in the humanities and social sciences that reflect their particular interests.
The MALAS is used by some students to prepare for graduate training in a specific discipline at the Ph.D. level or in a professional school. Other students use the MALAS as an entry-level degree for careers in government service, teaching, business, travel and tourism, advocacy, or inter-American organizations.
Plan I (thesis option): 36 credit hours. Students must select two areas of concentration within the MALAS program. Students have the option of completing 15 credit hours in one concentration and 9 credit hours in the other concentration or completing 12 credit hours in each concentration. The remaining 12 credit hours are divided between LTAM 510 (Pro-Seminar in Latin American Studies), 3 hours of program electives and 6 hours of thesis credits.
Students under the Plan I option must complete a minimum of 12 credits in graduate seminars numbered 500 or above (excluding 551 or 552 Problems courses) and 6 credit hours of thesis credits numbered 599. Students should consult with the Associate Director to determine which courses are considered seminars. Students are required to present an oral defense of the thesis, which integrates the two concentrations, before a thesis committee composed of at least two faculty members in one concentration and one faculty member from the second concentration.
Plan II (non-thesis option): 36 credit hours. Students must take LTAM 510 Pro-seminar in Latin American Studies, and select two areas of concentration within the degree program. Students have the option of completing 9 credit hours in one concentration and 15 credit hours in the other concentration or completing 12 credit hours in each concentration. The remaining 12 credit hours are comprised of electives. In lieu of the thesis, students complete one exit option for each concentration. Students can choose the same option for each concentration or choose a combination of options from the following: complete a professional paper deemed worthy of publication by a Committee on Studies composed of two faculty members from the concentration.
Under the Plan II option, students must complete a minimum of 12 credits in graduate seminars numbered 500 or above (excluding 551 or 552 Problems courses). Students should consult with the Associate Director to determine which courses are considered seminars.
To maintain and improve language proficiency during graduate studies, students under both Plan I and II who are not concentrating in Brazilian Literature and Culture, Brazilian Studies, Spanish American Literature, or Spanish Linguistics will be required to take an upper division language course: Spanish 307 or above; Portuguese 276 or above; or a course in one of Latin American's indigenous languages. If the course is available for graduate credit, it can count as one of the student's elective courses. Students may take appropriate upper division language courses that are not available for graduate credit with the understanding that such courses will not apply towards the credit hours required for the degree.
Students concentrate in two areas chosen from the list below. The combination of concentrations must ensure that the program is interdisciplinary. For example, students selecting a concentration in Art History with an emphasis in Colonial may not also select Art History with an emphasis in Modern. Students are also required to have no more than one interdisciplinary concentration. For example, a student may not choose both Human Rights and Gender Studies as concentrations.
Variations may occur from year to year in the availability of faculty members to support concentrations. Such changes in faculty availability are beyond the control of the LAS program. Thus, it may occasionally be impossible for students to obtain sufficient coursework and advisement in one or more concentrations below. Therefore students must obtain prior approval from the LAS program before selecting a concentration.
Students are rarely admitted for the Summer semester because course offerings are typically limited in this semester.
Applicants to the MALAS and Ph.D. program will submit materials to two separate units at UNM: (1) either the Office of Admissions or the Office of International Admissions and (2) the LAS program. All application materials must be received by each office on or before the dates indicated above. In addition to submitting materials to the two entities listed above, dual degree applicants must also submit materials to their second degree program.
Domestic students should submit the following materials to the Office of Admissions:
International students should submit the following materials to the Office of International Admissions:
All students should submit the following materials to the LAS Program:
All materials submitted to the LAS program should be addressed to: