Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies
MALS students take four classes within the program — Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies, two core courses in their chosen concentration, and the thesis/capstone project — and choose their remaining electives from among courses offered across the doctoral and certificate programs in the Social Sciences and Humanities at The Graduate Center.
This master's degree program requires the following coursework for a total of 30 credits:
- A required introductory course [MALS 70000: Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies].
- Two required core courses to introduce students to International Studies [MALS 78300 and MALS 78400].
- 18 credits from courses of the student's choice that are relevant to the student’s concentration or studies
- A master's thesis/capstone project [MALS 79000].
Additionally, written and oral proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese, or (only in special cases) French or Dutch is strongly recommended.
MALS 78300: Introduction to US Latino Studies
This seminar examines the complex history of the multiple Latino communities across the United States present in the country’s history from its emergence in the eighteenth century to the present day. Students will explore the history, politics and culture of the diverse social groups linked to the greater legacy of Latin American societies in the United States. A special emphasis will be given to pursuing the specificity of the Latino experience and the historical and political coordinates of each community. The seminar will employ a strong interdisciplinary approach to analyzing issues ranging from race, class and gender relations, cultural productions, linguistic differences, identity politics, civil rights, and the rise of Latino communities in current political struggles and debates. The seminar will combine methodologies of research from the fields of literary studies, linguistics, history, political science, sociology and anthropology. It will be cross-listed and taught on a rotating basis by faculty from the different disciplines included.
MALS 78400: Introduction to Latin American Studies
This seminar surveys five centuries of Latin American history, culture and politics from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will be exposed to landmarks in the field of Latin American studies in order to recognize and engage in some of the main issues and debates both in the region at large and the sub-regions within it. At the same time, students will examine various theoretical frameworks to approach the study of Latin America, including literary studies, linguistics, history, political science, sociology and anthropology. The survey will cover key works and criticism from the pre-Columbian era, the nineteenth-century processes of independence, the emergence of the new nation-states, and the overall development of modern Latin American societies in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The seminar will be cross-listed and taught on a rotating basis by faculty from the different disciplines.
Electives can be chosen among courses offered across most of the doctoral and certificate programs in the Social Sciences and the Humanities at The Graduate Center.
For related coursework in Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latino Studies students may look to offerings in the doctoral programs in Anthropology, Art History, Comparative Literature, Economics, Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages, History, Linguistics, Music, Political Science, Sociology, and Theatre.
Visit the GC Mina Rees Library's Liberal Studies Research Guide.
Students' contact for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies research is reference librarian Silvia Cho.
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