Master of Arts in the Field of Latin American and Hemispheric Studies

The master of arts in Latin American and hemispheric studies (LAHS) is an interdisciplinary program which prepares students to develop innovative approaches to the enduring problems and emerging challenges of the hemisphere. This training allows graduates to grapple with an often contradictory blend of political and economic successes and failures throughout the region.

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

Visit the program website for additional program information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 40 credits, including a 3-credit cornerstone course, 9 credits in core field courses, a 3-credit research methods course, a 4-credit capstone sequence, 12 credits in specialized field courses, and 9 credits in electives. In addition, all students must fulfill a foreign language proficiency requirement (see below). 

See note regarding special topics courses, the capstone sequence, and the additional thesis option.*

Required
Cornerstone (3 credits)
IAFF 6341Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Cornerstone (taken in the fall semester of the first year)
Core field (9 credits)
Three courses, each in a different field, selected from the following groups:
A. Anthropology
ANTH 6702Issues in Latin American Anthropology
Or another 6000-level ANTH course approved by the Program Director.
B. Economics and Political Economy
ECON 6285Economic Development of Latin America *
IAFF 3187Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Political Economy of Latin America)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Economic and Social Development of Latin America) **
*Prerequisites: ECON 1011 and ECON 1012 or equivalent courses.
**If the Economic and Social Development section of IAFF 6358 is chosen as the required course, it cannot also count as supporting coursework. Students may take IAFF 6358 courses with other titles as supporting coursework.
C. Geography
GEOG 6261Geographical Perspectives on Latin America
GEOG 6232Migration and Development
D. History
Any HIST course numbered in the 3700 or above approved by the Program Director.
E. International Affairs
PSC 6484International Relations of Latin America
F. Political Science
PSC 6383Comparative Politics of Latin America
G. Spanish Literature
Any SPAN course numbered in the 3400s, 3500s, 4400s, or 4500s that focuses on the literature of Latin America.
Research methods (3 credits)
ANTH 6331Research Methods in Development Anthropology
EDUC 6114Introduction to Quantitative Research
EDUC 8122Qualitative Research Methods
EDUC 8130Survey Research Methods
EDUC 8131Case Study Research Methods
EDUC 8140Ethnographic Research Methods
IAFF 6501Quantitative Analysis for International Affairs Practitioners
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy
PPPA 6002Research Methods and Applied Statistics
PPPA 6013Econometrics for Policy Research I
PSC 8101Introduction to Empirical Political Analysis
PUBH 6249Use of Statistical Packages: Data Management and Data Analysis
PUBH 6260Advanced Data Analysis for Public Health
PUBH 6264Quantitative Methods
PUBH 6410Global Health Study Design
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
PUBH 6412Global Health Quantitative Research Methods
SOC 6230Sociological Research Methods
SOC 6231Data Analysis
SOC 6232Qualitative Methodology: Doing Field Research
Capstone (4 credits)
Students are required to complete a two-course capstone sequence that involves collaboration on a project of mutual interest and research in Latin America or the United States with sponsoring institutions outside the University. The capstone sequence includes a 1-credit pre-capstone course that must be taken in the fall of the student's second or third year and a 3-credit capstone course that must be taken in the spring of the student's second or third year.
IAFF 6357Pre-Capstone Workshop
IAFF 6359Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Capstone
Specialized fields (12 credits)
Students select two specialized fields from the following and take at least two courses in each, for a total of 12 credits.
Anthropology
Required course
One ANTH course at the 6000-level approved by the advisor.
Supporting courses
ANTH 2750WLatinos in the United States
ANTH 3814Ancient Mexican Civilizations
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Indigenous Social Movements)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Migration, Remittances, and Development)
Art History, Literature, and Culture
SPAN 3410Latin American Short Fiction
SPAN 3420The Essayist Tradition in Latin America
SPAN 3430Afro–Latin America in the Diaspora
SPAN 3570Women Writers of Spain and Latin America
SPAN 3600Special Topics (Spanish and Spanish-American Literature)
SPAN 3700Cinema of Spain and Latin America (Film as Text)
SPAN 4410Contemporary Narrative in Latin America (Film as Text)
SPAN 4460Southern Cone Literature and Culture
SPAN 4560Modern Poetry of Spain and Latin America
Economic Development
Required
One from the following:
ECON 6285Economic Development of Latin America
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies
Supporting courses
ECON 6280Survey of International Economics
ECON 6283Survey of International Trade Theory and Policy
ECON 6284Survey of International Macroeconomics and Finance Theory and Policy
ECON 6295Special Topics (Economic Analysis of International Trade Law)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Applied Industrial Organization)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Labor Economics and Public Policy)
IAFF 3183Special Topics in Development Policy (Post-Disaster Development: Haiti in Comparative Perspective)
IAFF 3187Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Political Economy of Latin America)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Poverty Alleviation and Bottom-up Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Monitoring and Evaluation of Foreign Assistance Programs)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Private Sector Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Poverty in all its Dimensions)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Climate Change and Sustainable Development)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (History and Praxis of U.S.-Mexico Relations)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Brazil Development Policy in the 21st Century )
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Immigration and Weak States: Central America)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Economic and Social Development of Latin America)
Geography
Required course:
GEOG 6232Migration and Development
Supporting courses:
GEOG 6224Seminar: Political Geography
IAFF 3187Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Latino Migration)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Brazil Development Policy in the 21st Century)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Migration, Remittances, and Development)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Immigration and Weak States: The Case of Central America)
Global Public Health
Courses:
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6441Global Health Organizations and Regulations
PUBH 6442Comparative Global Health Systems
PUBH 6563Global Child Health
History
IAFF 3187Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Mexico Since Independence)
IAFF 3187Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Cuba in the Global Arena)
HIST 3710History of Latin America I
HIST 3711History of Latin America II
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Argentina in Global Context)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Brazil in the Global Arena)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (History and Praxis of U.S.-Mexico Relations)
HIST 6701Topics in Latin American History (Law and Society in Latin America)
International Business
Courses:
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Migration, Remittances, and Development in Latin America)
IBUS 4900Special Topics (Global Energy)
IBUS 6201International Marketing
IBUS 6202Regional Strategy for Multinationals
IBUS 6290Special Topics (Microfinance: Developing Markets)
IBUS 6301International Business Finance
IBUS 6401International Business Strategy
IBUS 6402Managing in Developing Countries
Migration
Required course (one from the following):
ECON 6290Principles of Demography
or GEOG 6290 Principles of Demography
or SOC 6290 Principles of Demography
ECON 6291Methods of Demographic Analysis
or GEOG 6291 Methods of Demographic Analysis
or STAT 6291 Methods of Demographic Analysis
GEOG 6232Migration and Development
Supporting courses:
ECON 6295Special Topics (International Migration and Labor Markets)
GEOG 6261Geographical Perspectives on Latin America
GEOG 6293Special Topics (Migration and Development)
IAFF 3187Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Latino Migration)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Human Trafficking)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (International Migration)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Internal Displacement)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Mexico in the Global Arena)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Immigration and Weak States: The Central American Case)
SOC 6252Selected Topics (Immigration and American Cities)
Political Science
Courses:
IAFF 3187Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Cuba in the Global Arena)
IAFF 3187Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (OAS and Democracy in the Americas)
IAFF 3187Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Mexico Since Independence)
IAFF 3187Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Political Economy of Latin America)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Poverty Alleviation and Bottom-up Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Local Governance, Decentralization, and Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Civil Society and Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Poverty in all its Dimensions)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Brazil in the Global Arena)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (The UN and Regional Human Rights Systems: The Americas and Europe)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Argentina in Global Context)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (History and Praxis of U.S.-Mexico Relations)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Immigration and Weak States: The Central American Case)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Security in the Americas)
PSC 6383Comparative Politics of Latin America
PSC 6484International Relations of Latin America
Security
Required course:
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Security in the Americas)
Supporting courses:
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Global Food Security)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Human Trafficking)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Violence, Gender, and Humanitarian Assistance)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Care for Children in Complex Emergencies)
IAFF 6163Transnational Security
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Organized Crime)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Energy Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Peacekeeping)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Conflict Early Warning and Prevention)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Environmental Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Political Risk Analysis)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Illicit Finance and Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Strategic Planning for the 21st Century)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Military Power and Effectiveness)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (The UN and Regional Human Rights Systems: The Americas and Europe)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (History and Praxis of U.S.-Mexico Relations)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Immigration and Weak States: The Central American Case)
Electives (9 credits)
9 credits in elective course, which may include up to 6 credits of Spanish language coursework (other foreign languages spoken in Latin America will be considered on a case-by-case basis) and up to 4 credits of 1-credit skills courses. Additional electives may be selected from any of the specialized fields or in other relevant areas or disciplines. Elective courses must be approved in advance by the Program Director.
Additional thesis option
Students who wish to complete a thesis do so in addition to the capstone requirement. Students pursuing a thesis must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and approval from the faculty member who will serve as their thesis director. Thesis students also need to complete at least one research methods course. Thesis credits are counted as elective or specialization credits with Program Director approval. The two 3-credit thesis courses must be taken consecutively.
IAFF 6998Thesis
IAFF 6999Thesis

*Specific subject matter covered in special/selected topics courses varies by semester. Consult the Schedule of Classes for each semester's offerings. Topics courses not listed here may be used to fulfill program requirements if approved by the Program Director. 

Additional information regarding skills courses, the capstone, and the thesis is available on the Elliott School website. 

Foreign language proficiency requirement

Students in the Latin American and hemispheric studies program are required to demonstrate proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese by passing the Elliott School-administered foreign language proficiency reading and speaking examination at the currently-required level of proficiency. The Elliott School administers foreign language proficiency examinations once in the fall and once in the spring semesters. Students should plan to take the language proficiency examination as soon as possible following their matriculation in the program. Students have three opportunities to pass the examination. Failure to pass the examination for a third time results in dismissal from the program.