M.A. in Bilingual Journalism

About the Program

This program is offered by the School of Journalism in collaboration with the Center of Latin American Studies, the Department of Mexican American Studies and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.


The skills-oriented curriculum includes writing, multimedia and on-the-street reporting for print, television and online media serving communities in southern Arizona. Those interested in the professional emphasis program are expected to demonstrate outstanding English and writing skills because of the rigor of the assignments and the expectation that after graduation they may begin working immediately in a news organization. 

The program typically requires four semesters for full-time students. Students also can enroll part-time.

Course Requirements

You must complete a minimum of 33 units to earn a master’s degree in Bilingual Journalism. This includes four required courses, a bilingual internship or multimedia project, and a choice of six electives. Most electives allow you to specialize in your choice of an area of interest. These electives can be selected from Journalism, Latin American Studies, Mexican American Studies or Spanish & Portuguese.

No 400-level credits will be accepted toward graduate degrees. All course work will be based on graduate-level work. Credits earned in the 500-level section of a co-convened course (400/500) will be accepted toward graduate degrees.

Required Courses (15 units)

  • Complete four courses (12 units)
  • Complete either a bilingual internship or multimedia project (3 units)


  • Complete 18 units.
  • Some courses are offered only occasionally.
  • Choose electives in Journalism, Latin American Studies, Mexican American Studies and Spanish & Portuguese.

Recommended Journalism Electives

Other Journalism Electives


LAS 500: Introduction to Latin American Studies

LAS 505: Sabores de Mexico: From Farm to Table

LAS 505A: Colony to Nation to the 21st Century: Politics and Culture in Chilean History

LAS 518: Southwest Land and Society

LAS 542: Natural Resources and the Law in the Spanish Borderlands of North America

LAS 545: Democratization in Latin America: Advances and Setbacks

LAS 550: Qualitative Research Methods in Latin America

LAS 560: Film and Feminism in Latin America

LAS 562: Special Topics in Contemporary Latin America

LAS 565Z: History of Central America

LAS 567: Twentieth-Century Latin America

LAS 568: Studies in Latin American Music

LAS 569: Gender and Sexuality in Latin American History

LAS 570: The Feminization of Migration: Global Perspectives

LAS 595A: Latin American Studies

LAS 595C: Contemporary Issues in Latin America

LAS 595D: Latin American Studies Special Topics



MAS 505: Traditional Indian Medicine: Health, Healing and Well Being

MAS 508: The Mexican-American: A Cultural Perspective

MAS 509: Mexican Immigration

MAS 510: Socio-Cultural Determinants of Health

MAS 525: Latino Health Disparities

MAS 530: Latina/o Adolescence

MAS 535: Mexican Traditional Medicine: An Overview of Indigenous Curing Cultures

MAS 565: Critical Race Theories for Policy and Practice

MAS 566: Decolonial Chicana Theory

MAS 570: The Feminization of Migration: Global Perspectives

MAS 575: The Education of Latinas/Latinos

MAS 585: Mexicana/Chicana Women’s History

MAS 587: Chicana Gender Perspectives

MAS 595A: Special Topics in Mexican American Studies

MAS 580A: Advanced Research Methods



SPAN 501: Introduction to Hispanic Studies

SPAN 565D: History of Spain: Contemporary

SPAN 574: Language in the Mexican American Experience

SPAN 574: Heritage Language Research

SPAN 585: Introduction to Translation Studies

SPAN 696B: Spanish American Literature

SPAN 696D: Hispanic Linguistics

POR 503: Contemporary Luso-Brazilian Literature

POR 530: Brazilian Civilization

POR 540: Portuguese Phonetics and Phonology

POR 552: Introduction to Portuguese Linguistics

POR 597: Advanced intensive Portuguese and Brazilian Culture

POR 696M: Gender, Sexuality and International Migration



HRTS 500: Advancing Human Rights    

HRTS 501: Advancing Human Rights Organizations

HRTS 510: Advancing Human Rights Law

HRTS 502: Advancing Human Rights Organizations II

HRTS 505: Human Rights Voices

HRTS 511: Advancing Human Rights through Strategic Litigation

HRTS 520: Community-Based Participatory Action Research for Human Rights

HRTS 521: Community-Based Participatory Action Research for Gender Based Violence 

HRTS 530: Understanding Gender-Based Violence

HRTS 531: Femicide/Feminicide

HRTS 541: Advancing Human Rights through Documentary Media 

HRTS 542: Advancing Human Rights through the Arts

HRTS 543: Advancing Human Rights with Technology

HRTS 595A: Human Rights Across Contexts - Cultural Heritage

HRTS 596A: Human Rights Crises

HRTS 596B: Cutting-Edge Advances in Human Rights Practice

HRTS 597A: Exploring Human Rights through Virtual Field Trips

HRTS 599: Independent study