Dual M.A. JOUR/Latin American Studies

Gain an intellectual foundation in regional studies, language, and advanced research techniques, and an opportunity to build on this foundation with applied journalistic fieldwork from Mexico and Latin America to Brazil and the Caribbean.

Course Requirements

You must complete a minimum of 54 units to earn dual master’s degrees in Journalism and Latin American Studies. You may choose from the following academic tracks:

Professional Track

Journalism Courses (18 units)

  • JOUR 506: Introductory and Advanced Reporting (3 units)
  • JOUR 507: Reporting with Multimedia (3 units)
  • JOUR 508 Journalism Theory and Practice (3 units)
  • JOUR 590C or 590F: School Media (3 units) (Select one course from Arizona Cat’s Eye, Arizona-Sonora News)
  • JOUR 596L: U.S. Press and Latin America (3 units)
  • Elective (3 units)

LAS and Journalism Shared Courses (15 units)

  • Research Methods (Select one course from LAS or JOUR 589) (3 units)
  • Latin America news coverage course or Internship with Latin American news medium (Select one course from LAS or JOUR) (3 units)
  • JOUR 509: International and US Media Law (3 units)
  • Thesis (3 units from LAS 910, 3 units from JOUR 910) (6 units)

Latin American Studies Courses (21 Units)

  • LAS 500: Introduction to Latin American Studies (3 units)
  • LAS (500 level): Research Seminar with Core Faculty (3 units)
  • Primary area of concentration (Select from LAS primary areas) (12 units)

Recommended areas include:

  • Regional Studies – Central America, Brazil, Mexico, Southern Cone
  • Thematic Studies – Borders of the Americas and Immigration, Environment and Development, History and Culture, Gender, Power, and Inequality
  • Disciplinary Studies – Anthropology, Geography and Regional Development, History, Latin American Literature (Spanish and Portuguese)

    Total: 54 Units

    International Journalism Studies Track

    Journalism Courses (18 units)

    Take all:

    • JOUR 508: Journalism Theory and Practice (3 units)
    • JOUR 509: International and US Media Law (3 units)
    • JOUR 539: Ethics and the News Media (3 units)​

    Select two:

    • JOUR 596L: U.S. Press and Latin America (3 units)
    • JOUR 587: History of American Journalism (3units) 
    • JOUR 560: International Media Systems (3 units)
    • JOUR 573: Reporting on the US-Mexico Borderlands (3 units)
    • JOUR 597C: Reporting the World (2 units)

    Complete one Journalism Elective (3 units)

    LAS and Journalism Shared Courses (15 units)

    • JOUR 596F: Media Coverage of International Crises (3 units)
    • Research Methods (Select one course from LAS or JOUR 589) (3 units)
    • Thesis (3 units from LAS 910, 3 units from JOUR 910) (6 units)

    Latin American Studies Courses (21 Units)

    • LAS 500: Introduction to Latin American Studies (3 units)
    • LAS (500 level): Research Seminar with Core Faculty (3 units)
    • Primary area of concentration (Select from LAS primary areas) (12 units)

    Recommended areas include:

    • Regional Studies – Central America, Brazil, Mexico, Southern Cone
    • Thematic Studies – Borders of the Americas and Immigration, Environment and Development, History and Culture, Gender, Power, and Inequality
    • Disciplinary Studies – Anthropology, Geography and Regional Development, History, Latin American Literature (Spanish and Portuguese)

    Total: 54 Units