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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

Two-Year Program


Our MA students enjoy one full academic year of international education. We give you the opportunity to live and study abroad for two of the four semesters required to complete the Masters Degree because we believe that a year of linguistic and cultural immersion, rigorous study and research in several different countries is the key to becoming a global citizen, a well-rounded individual and a competitive job candidate. This is one of the most important assets of our program and it has been the backbone of our pedagogical approach for over four decades dating back to the years when we took students to Puerto Rico and Cuba for entire semesters. There is no comparable offering by any other area studies or multi-disciplinary program in any US university public or private and nobody has more experience than us taking graduate students overseas!

Our Masters in Humanities in Caribbean and Latin/o American Studies program is designed to expose you to the best that graduate education has to offer not only in the United States, but also in Europe and Latin America. In Mexico we have a unique relationship of collaboration and exchange with the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY) in Mérida. This means that every Masters class will be enriched by the participation of a UADY graduate. In Madrid, we have a privileged partnership with the Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CCHS) and their Network of Comparative Studies of the Caribbean and the Atlantic World.  In Seville, we are partners with the oldest European institution specializing in the study of Hispanic America: the Escuela de Estudios Hispanoamericanos (EEHA).

Given the demanding nature of our program and its intensive study abroad components we admit only the most mature and driven students. We expect our future research fellows to be exemplary representatives of this program and of the University at Buffalo while they are living and studying abroad. That experience offers amazing rewards but it also presents challenges that help build character. In that intersection lies the opportunity to improve your critical thinking skills, to further develop your manners and improve your social dexterity, to broaden your professional skill set and significantly improve your marketability as you contemplate the possibilities for further study or employment after graduation. Keep in mind that in today’s world you will be competing for jobs on a global marketplace. Our program prepares you for this by teaching you how to adapt to new situations, how to thrive in different cultural environments and by giving you the opportunity to establish and build your own network of personal and professional connections in four cities outside the US and on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

The locations outside of the United States that we have chosen for our program are SAFE destinations. The Yucatan Peninsula is far away from the places of major turmoil, violence and conflict in other parts of Mexico. Our cohorts are small and we guide and supervise our students carefully.