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									    DUAL MASTER DEGREE PROGRAM IN LATIN AMERICAN
          STUDIES AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

The dual degree program allows a student to earn a Master of Arts degree in Latin
American Studies (M.A.) and Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) in three years.
Students in this program typically take one year of graduate coursework in Latin
American Studies (a minimum of 18 units) after their first year of coursework required
for the M.P.A. The remaining units are completed along with their public administration
courses in their third year in the program.

Latin American Studies (LAS) Requirements

The interdisciplinary Master's program in Latin American Studies (LAS) combines two
fields of study, Spanish and Portuguese language skills, an introductory seminar to Latin
American Studies (LAS 500), a core LAS research seminar (LAS 596a), and an optional
thesis or elective coursework for a total of 36 graduate units. Students pursuing the dual
degree program in LAS and Public Administration are expected to fulfill these basic
requirements incorporating the modifications outlined below.

Twenty-four graduate units are chosen from two areas of concentration with 15 units in
the primary area and 9 units in the secondary area. Recommended areas include History,
Political Science, Anthropology, Geography and Regional Development, Brazil Studies
and Mexico Studies. Up to 9 units of coursework in Public Administration and Policy
(considered by advisors in both program to be theoretically relevant to issues concerning
Mexico or Latin America) can be counted as a secondary concentration in public
administration. The Introduction to Latin American studies Seminar (LAS 500) must be
taken during the first (fall) semester of LAS coursework. The LAS Research Seminar
(LAS 596a) is typically taken after completing one or more years of LAS coursework.
The LAS [three-credit hour] internship experience is considered an integral part of the
dual degree program. The 6-credit hour internship experience in public administration
offers similar practical training. Three credit-hours of the public administration
internship, if taken in a Latin American institution or with an inter-American focus
therefore, would be an acceptable substitute for the [three credit hour LAS] internship
credit. Students may choose to either take a LAS independent research course (from
which a substantial research paper with a Latin American focus should be the product) or
complete 3 extra course credits earned towards the LAS master requirements. Students in
the dual degree program must meet the Spanish and Portuguese language requirements
outlined in the LAS requirements section below.

In sum, a student enrolled in the dual degree program may count 12 units of public
administration (9 units for the minor in public administration plus 3 units of internship)
toward the 36 graduate units required for the M.A. in Latin American Studies.
MPA Requirements (consult School of Public Administration and Policy for changes or
modifications)

Students must complete 24 required units during their first year of school. Additionally
students must complete Skill track (12 units), Area of Concentration (12 units), and
Internship (6 units). A total of 54 units are required for the MPA. Up to 9 units of
LAS/M.A. credit (6 units of the Area of Concentration, and 3 units of LAS internship)
may be counted toward the 54-unit requirement.

Dual Degree Program

The Dual Degree in Public Administration and Latin American Studies will be granted
upon the completion of a minimum of 72 units in Public Administration and Latin
American Studies and related fields and by meeting the minimum Portuguese and
Spanish language requirements. The requirements are summarized as follows:

Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (Dual Program)
   3 units for LAS 500 - Introduction to Latin American Studies
   15 units in primary discipline or thematic area
   9 units public administration courses with assignments focusing on Latin America
   3 units for LAS 596a - Research Seminar
   Language requirement met by Spanish 330 and Portuguese 305 or Spanish 251
       and Portuguese 325 or equivalency exam.
   6 units to be completed through:
       3 units for independent research with major paper focusing on Latin America or 3
       units of elective LAS coursework, plus 3 units of internship which can substitute
       for 3 units of the MPA internship.

       ___________
       36 units total

Master in Latin American Studies (Regular Program)
    3 units for LAS 500 - Introduction to Latin American Studies
    15 units in primary discipline or thematic area
    9 units in secondary area
    3 units for LAS 596a - Research Seminar
    6 units for thesis option or 6 elective units (may include internship units)
    Language requirement met by Spanish 330 and Portuguese 305 or Spanish 251 and
        Portuguese 325 or equivalency exam

       ____________
       36 units total
Master of Public Administration (Dual Program)

      24 units first year requirements
      12 units of Skill Track
      12 hour MPA Area of Concentration, 6 units including LAS 500 and LAS 596a
      6 units of internship (of which 3 units are substituted by the LAS/MA internship)

       ___________
       54 units total

Master of Public Administration (Regular Program):

      24 required units (Core curriculum)
      12 units of Skill Track
      12 units of Area of Concentration (Criminal Justice, Health and Human Services,
       Nonprofits and Local Government, Natural Resources and Environment and Public and
       Nonprofit Finance)
      6 units internship

       ___________
       54 units total

								
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