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Caribbean, Latin American & Latino Studies

Masters of Arts in Humanities in Caribbean and Latin/o American Studies (CLAS)
A Multi-Sited Pre-Professional Program in Advanced Studies and Research

Second Semester: Merida

Just in time to miss deep winter in Buffalo, you will go to live as a resident (not a tourist) in the Caribbean Coast of Yucatan. You will spend the entire semester, from the first week of January to the second in May, studying at the School of Anthropological Sciences of the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán. This is the most prestigious institution of higher education in the Mayab, or Modern Mayan world. Aside from the mandatory courses in Caribbean & Latin/o American Geographies and Caribbean & Latin/o American Literature you will select two additional courses in disciplines ranging from Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Literature, Sociology and Tourism. For further edification you may choose to take a fifth course in Mayan or Nahuatl language.

Studying in Merida you will learn the strategies and methods proper to fieldwork research that make UADY’s School of Anthropological Sciences a world-renowned institution. You will also continue to develop independent research and thinking skills and the use of the Spanish language in context in preparation for more advanced studies in Spain.

The semester begins with an initial weekend study tour and includes a longer research trip in April. This travel is an integral part of the Caribbean & Latin/o American Geographies course and in each case the experiences are structured around individual research and group assignments that inform a final semester research paper and group project.