Why study Latin American and Caribbean studies?

Knowledge of Latin American and Caribbean culture, environment, and society is crucial to U.S. hemispheric relations and world understanding. KU's programs in Latin American and Caribbean Studies encourage the development of foreign language, research, writing, and critical thinking skills.

The MA degree requirements exhibit an interdisciplinary perspective, emphasizing language competency and supervised field research. There is a thesis option (for students planning to continue in a PhD program) and a non-thesis option for those seeking professional employment.  Graduate Certificates are also available in Central America & Mexico as well as Brazil.

Admission to Graduate Studies

An applicant seeking to pursue graduate study in the College may be admitted as either a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student. Policies and procedures of Graduate Studies govern the process of Graduate admission. These may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

Please consult the Departments & Programs section of the online catalog for information regarding program-specific admissions criteria and requirements. Special admissions requirements pertain to Interdisciplinary Studies degrees, which may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

Graduate Admission

Students already admitted into a KU graduate degree program are automatically eligible for the certificate programs. Students seeking to come to KU only for the certificate must meet the same admission standards as KU Latin American & Caribbean Studies MA students, which includes significant training or experience in Portuguese or Spanish, a solid undergraduate GPA (usually 3.25 or better), a letter of intent, three letters of recommendation, evidence of writing proficiency, and solid GRE scores.

Submit your graduate application online. Send transcripts of all completed college and university course work and all other requested application materials to the program:

The University of Kansas The Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Bailey Hall
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 320
Lawrence, KS 66045-7545

Students are required to complete 4 courses for a total of 12 graduate credit hours, as follows:

Required Courses (12)
LAA 701Interdisciplinary Seminar in Latin American Culture and Problems3
LAA 703Research Colloquium on Brazil3
2 electives from different departments allowing a Brazilian focus6
Course registration must be made in consultation with the Graduate Advisor in Latin American & Caribbean Studies.
Total Hours12

Students are also required to demonstrate Portuguese language proficiency, which includes aural, speaking, reading, and writing ability.  Students should consult with the program’s graduate advisor about fulfillment of this requirement.