Choose an M.A. in LACIS at UW-Madison to:
- Design a course of study that supports your intellectual pursuits or your professional goals
- Learn from over one hundred world-renowned faculty at one of the greatest research universities globally
- Apply for competitive opportunities for financial support (see funding below)
- Experience public programming that brings to your attention current affairs and most debated issues in the Luso-Hispanic World
M.A. in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies
Our interdisciplinary Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies (LACIS) M.A. Program guides students to focus on specific problems of Latin American reality rather than particular fields. We also offer ample opportunities for students seeking a solid foundation in the history and contemporary sociocultural, environmental and political dynamics of the region.
Our 30-credits M.A. Program fosters research skills, under the guidance of the Program directors and our over one hundred affiliated faculty. It is ideal for students intending to pursue a Ph.D., as well as professionals seeking regional knowledge. Our graduates are prepared for careers in government, public policy, nonprofit organizations, journalism, education, the private sector, and academia.
Students complete an interdisciplinary research seminar (LACIS 982, taught by faculty director and/or associate director of LACIS) that introduces them to main areas of research on Latin America (three credits). Twenty-one credits are fulfilled by classes selected with guidance from the Program Directors, best suited to one’s interests, that can be chosen from a wide array of departments. These classes may include language courses. All graduate students develop proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese. We also offer Yucatec Maya and Ecuadorian Quichua classes on our campus, thanks to the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant. The remaining six credits are fulfilled by research and thesis writing under the guidance of the faculty forming the M.A. committee selected by the student from among our affiliated faculty.
Our over one hundred Affiliated faculty members’ research focuses on a great variety of areas, including Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Peru, the Caribbean, as well as Spain, with thematic areas such as (1) environment and development, (2) immigration, (3) history and culture (including languages, literatures, film and arts), (4) politics, law and media studies, (5) race and indigeneity, (6) agriculture and health, (7) gender, and (8) education.
We offer inspiring speakers’ series (LACIS lunchtime talks) every Tuesday from 12:00-1:00pm that bring scholars, activists and public figures to present their work, as well as numerous other events and performances focused on Latin America, including those prepared by the student theater group Teatro del Décimo Piso.
Madison is a home of a vibrant Hispanic community, with its own radio program, and cultural center. The University of Wisconsin, Madison is a major research university with a world-class library housing the Ibero-American Studies Collection.
Top graduate students admitted to LACIS may receive fellowships (Helen Franklin Firstbrook; Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS); and Advanced Opportunity Fellowship (AOF) for qualifying applicants) that fund the first or second year of their M.A. Other options of funding include T.A. ships. All qualifying graduate students in the LACIS program receive funding from the Tinker-Nave Short-Term Field Research Grant program to engage in fieldwork over the summer, and work closely with faculty members to shape and implement their research ideas. There are also many internships, and other research opportunities both in Latin America and Spain available to M.A. students.
Our program is small with a vibrant community life. Students receive personal attention from advisors and staff and during the in-person instruction meet often for Tuesday lunches and lectures.
We also offer a Dual Degree Program in LACIS and Law.
Additional information can be found on the Graduate School website HERE.