Graduate Studies


The Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (LAS MA)image for masters page

The Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (LAS MA) prepares students for work in the private sector, government, policy and research think tanks, nongovernmental organizations, international institutions and education. It is a versatile and rigorous one-year program that provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of the regional context, languages, dynamics, and issues in Latin America today. The program exposes students to a range of facets of Latin America and provides them with in-depth training in chosen subject areas.***

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in the humanities or social sciences that includes study of the Latin American region.

The MA in Latin American Studies requires a total of 32 credits divided among core (8 credits) and  LAS electives (24 credits).

Actual year to year course offerings vary depending on faculty availability.  Most classes are taught once per year, but some may be taught less frequently.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate intermediate level proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and oral comprehension of either Spanish, or/and Portuguese, or other regional language.
  • Students will demonstrate advanced knowledge of Latin America ( history, literature, politics, economics, culture, and social involvements) and do so within an inter-American and global perspective.
  • Students will demonstrate understanding of the shared traditions that unite Latin America, as well as the cultural and societal differences of the varied parts of the region.

Click here for a detailed description of learning outcomes.

***The LAS MA program has recently been revised. The curriculum outlined under the Program Description tab represents the new program, which will be current for all students entering BU in fall 2016.  However, please note that the Bulletin and Tracking Sheet buttons on that page still reflect the old curriculum.