Designated Emphasis in Latin American and Latino Studies

The Designated Emphasis in Latin American & Latino Studies (LALS) provides graduate students from other graduate programs at UCSC with opportunities for interdisciplinary study with faculty from across the campus. Completion of the program will be listed on the graduate degree as a Designated Emphasis.

Students wishing to pursue the Designated Emphasis in LALS should consult with their respective Graduate Program Coordinators and with their faculty advisors before submitting the Petition to Enroll. Students should declare their intent to undertake the DE prior to the execution of their Qualifying Exams. Graduate students are strongly encouraged to submit the application no later than the end of the third year.

Requirements for the Designated Emphasis

  • Committee Composition. The student must have a designated LALS advisor (DE advisor) from among the Latin American and Latino studies coreparticipating, or affiliated faculty. This advisor will be in addition to the faculty advisor from the student’s home department. The Latin American and Latino Studies advisor must serve on the student’s dissertation committee.
  • Courses. The student must take five graduate courses in Latin American and Latino studies, including the required LALS 200. The remainder can be selected from appropriate graduate offerings of any UCSC department, as long as they are taught by core, participating, or affiliated Latin American and Latino Studies faculty. Please refer to the LALS Graduate Courses page for a current list of approved courses.

Please download and complete the Petition to Enroll in the LALS Designated Emphasis and submit to the LALS Graduate Program Coordinator (campus mailstop LALS Dept/Merrill Faculty Services).

Students who have completed all requirements for the Designated Emphasis must submit the Designated Emphasis Completion Checklist to the Graduate Program Coordinator either via email or campus mail. The checklist must be signed by your DE advisor, and must include a copy of your unofficial transcript, and a PDF version of your dissertation.