The 1-year interdisciplinary M.A. program in Regional Studies—Latin America and the Caribbean (MARSLAC) at Columbia University provides a broad social science-based approach to modern and contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean. The curriculum combines core seminars on region-specific scholarship and research with the opportunity to take courses in different disciplines throughout Columbia University.
During the first semester, students obtain solid foundations in the most relevant scholarship on key issues of contemporary Latin America (democratization, rule of law, urban development, environmental change, trade and immigration, gender relations, cultural expression of diversity, among others). In the second semester they hone research methodologies and the critical use of scholarship in order to develop their own projects and complete an M.A. thesis.
The program is ideal for both professionals seeking regional knowledge and students intending to pursue a Ph.D. and prepares graduates for careers in government, public policy, non-profit organizations, journalism, education, the private sector, and academia.