Curriculum for Dual Master’s Degrees in Latin American Studies and Journalism

International Journalism Studies Option


Course requirements

The minimum number of units required to earn dual master’s degrees in Latin American Studies and Journalism is 51 (18 from LAS, 18 from Journalism, and 15 units that are shared between the two).


Latin American Studies (18 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)

LAS and Journalism Shared Courses (15 units)

JOUR 509 International and US Media Law (3 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)

Journalism (18 units)

JOUR 508 Journalism Theory and Practice (3 units)
JOUR 539 Ethics and the News Media (3 units)
JOUR 560 International Media Systems (3 units)
(Select two from the list below) (6 units)

  • JOUR 588 Reporting on Latin America (5 units)
  • JOUR 596D Journalism Seminar - Issues in Contemporary Journalism
  • JOUR 596D Journalism Seminar - Reporting on the US-Mexico Borderlands
  • JOUR 597C International Reporting

Elective (3 units)

Total: 51 Units

Admission to the Dual Degree Program

Students must apply to, and be accepted by, both the Center for Latin American Studies and the School of Journalism to qualify for admission to the dual-degree program. An interdisciplinary committee from the two units will review and make a recommendation about any student who has been accepted by both the Department and the School, and has indicated that he or she wishes to earn dual degrees.

Transfer Credit

A request to transfer must be submitted to the Graduate College, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies or Graduate Adviser in each unit, by the end of the first year. Many of these transfer units may be applicable to requirements in either degree program, or may count toward the additional units required of the student.

Language Requirements

Because of the interdisciplinary nature and regional emphasis of the Latin American Studies program, both Spanish and Portuguese skills are required; one at the level of competence demonstrated by completing Portuguese 305a or Spanish 251 with a minimum grade of B or by an equivalency exam; the other at the level of proficiency demonstrated by the completion of Portuguese 325 or Spanish 330 with a minimum grade of B or by an equivalency exam.

Students accepted into the program who do not meet one or both of the language requirements may satisfy this deficiency during the course of their graduate studies. Portuguese 305a is specifically designed as an intensive course for those fluent in Spanish. All incoming students are evaluated for language ability at the beginning of their first semester. An indigenous language of Latin America may be substituted with the approval of the LAS Graduate Adviser and the student’s Faculty/Thesis Adviser.

Students in the journalism program are expected to write and speak fluent English.


By the end of the second semester of enrollment, students must assemble a thesis committee of at least three faculty members, one of whom serves as the thesis adviser.

The adviser and at least one other committee member must be a tenured or tenure-track faculty member in Latin American Studies, and at least one must be a faculty member in the School of Journalism. The committee must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies or Graduate Adviser in each unit.



Admission requirements

More information
For application and administrative questions:

Paul Johnson

Linda Lumsden

For more on the Latin American Studies degree:

Dr. Raúl Saba


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