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Latin American Studies

About Latin American Studies MA Program

Opportunity, reputation, location, resources help to enhance Latin American Studies at UCLA.

OpportunityBonnie Taub, Chair of the Latin American MA program

Students in the Latin American Studies Interdepartmental Program have the opportunity to focus their undergraduate and graduate education on this important region of the world

  • Work with faculty to design a degree program to meet individual goals.
  • Take courses in the professional schools, humanities and social sciences, natural sciences, and the fine arts
  • Acquire the linguistic, methodological, and area expertise to succeed in public and private sector careers in business, government, education, the professions, and the arts

International Reputation

A distinguished faculty and extensive research resources make UCLA a national and international center for the study of Latin America

  • Latin Americanist faculty in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and professions
  • Major library, art, film, music, and museum collections focused on the region
  • Innovation and excellence have been a hallmark of UCLA's Latin American Studies program since its inception

Geographic Location

UCLA's location in Southern California enhances the development and impact of the Latin American Studies degree programs. Los Angeles has one of the country's largest Hispanic populations

  • Numerous public and private educational, business, and cultural institutions have a long-standing interest in Latin America
  • Linguistic, historical, economic, and demographic influences interact in Los Angeles to forge a truly multicultural society

Activities and Resources

UCLA offers one of the most extensive and diverse Latin American and Iberian academic programs in the country

  • Participate in the array of programs and activities that focus on Latin America at UCLA
  • Make use of the extensive research resources available to you
  • Explore our Web site and related links to learn more about UCLA's Latin America Studies Interdepartmental Degree Program

During their time spent completing this program, students will also have the opportunity to present their work at the Annual International Institute Graduate Student Conference. With a transnational and interdisciplinary focus, Latin American Studies M.A. students are provided a unique experience and a specially tailored forum in which to engage experts on their research.

Graduate Students

MA '16

I did my undergraduate degree in history at UC Berkeley where I completed research on the cultural politics and global network created by punk rock bands and fans in the...

BA '16, MA '16

I analyze dictatorships, authoritarianism, and state violence in Latin America using the historical method. My M.A. thesis will encompass both the fields of History and Literature, looking at the masacres...

BA '14, MA '16

I am interested on doing further research on the intellectual life of the noted UCLA geographer Henry J. Bruman, particularly his work in central-western Mexico.

BA '15, MA '16

Study Abroad/Travel Experience:
I have studied abroad in four major European countries such as the UK, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands analyzing comparative politics and the interdependence of domestics politics, political...

MA '17

Research interests include finding connections among pre-conquest art, architecture, and textiles and contemporary work produced in those same regions today. She is also interested in documenting narratives of the passage...

MA '16

My research interests are in the nexus of urban regional planning and social movements. I want to learn more about how cities in Latin America continue to innovate and grow....

BA '16, MA '16

International Study:
UC Davis, Chiapas, Mexico: Social and Literary Movements
UCLA, Bahia, Brazil: Portuguese Language and Culture

Ronald E. McNair Research Scholar
Posse Scholar

UCLA's La Gente Newsmagazine Web Editor...

MA '17

My research interests are in human rights, and more specifically women's rights in Latin America. I hope to formalize my research skills at UCLA and to build a network of...

MA '17

Her research interests include: The Social Determinants of Health; Reproductive Health, the Intersection of Medical Anthropology & Public Health; Immigrant & Refugee Health; The Social Production of Disease and Distress;...

MA '16

I am particularly interested in the Andean and tropical regions of northern South America. Currently my work and research focused on women's health issues (namely abortion and gynecological infections) in...

MA '17

My research interests include studying the development of health programs against neglected tropical diseases in rural communities of Latin America as well as studying disease transmission and health programs within...

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