The Ph.D. in Latin American Studies is a small and highly selective program designed to prepare students for a limited number of targeted careers that are best advanced by an interdisciplinary doctorate. Such students include individuals who seek employment in areas where the ability to research and teach across disciplines would be an advantage, and where having skills in two disciplines, combined with Latin American area expertise, would be more useful than extensive training within one discipline.
General University rules and regulations pertaining to graduate study at the University of New Mexico are detailed in the The Graduate Program section of this Catalog. The Latin American Studies Handbook is updated each year and provides more in-depth information to students in the LAS program. Students are responsible for knowing and abiding by the rules laid out in the UNM Catalog and the Latin American Studies Handbook.
The Ph.D. in Latin American Studies requires a minimum of 48 credit hours of graduate course work, plus an additional 18 dissertation credit hours, for a total of 66 credit hours.
Students choose 2 concentrations for a total of 42 credit hours, plus 6 credit hours of elective courses. The concentrations include Anthropology, Art History, Brazilian Literature, Built Environment (School of Architecture and Planning), Communication, Economics, Geography and Environmental Studies, History, International Management (Anderson School of Management), Political Science, Public Health (School of Medicine), Sociology, Spanish-American Literature, and Spanish Linguistics. Students can choose 21 credit hours in each concentration, so that both concentrations have equal weight, or 15-27 credit hours in each, with a primary and secondary concentration.
Of the 48 total credit hours required for the Ph.D., a minimum of 24 credit hours must be taken after admission to the doctoral program. The Associate Director for Academic Programs must approve any course work taken at the master’s level and applied towards the Ph.D.
Competence is required in one Latin American language by the time of degree completion. Competence in more than one Latin American language may be critical in certain areas of study. As such, some concentrations may require competence in a second language. For details, see the Latin American Studies Handbook. Competence is considered to be successful completion of advanced-level course work, or passing a language proficiency examination. Students who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in Latin America or Iberia satisfy the language requirements.
A Committee on Studies (COS) must be formed at least one semester before the student plans to take comprehensive examinations. The COS is composed of at least two members from each concentration. The student creates a reading list in consultation with all members of his or her COS, and the committee approves the list the semester prior to the scheduled exam. The comprehensive examinations are coordinated and administered by the Latin American Studies program in conjunction with the student’s COS. Upon successful completion of the comprehensive examinations, an M.A. in Latin American Studies is conferred and students are advanced to candidacy within the doctoral program.
|Fall semester:||Ph.D.: January 1 (with departmental financial aid consideration)|
M.A.: February 1 (with departmental financial aid consideration)
|M.A. and Ph.D.: April 1 (without financial aid consideration)|
|Spring semester:||M.A. and Ph.D.: November 1 (without departmental financial aid consideration)|
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: