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Academics: Prospective: Honors/MA Shared-Credit Admission Guidelines

General Admission Guidelines

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The shared-credit degrees program offers students enrolled in the Honors College an accelerated route to earning in five years both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts, and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Latin American Studies. Through this program, students can earn graduate M.A. in Latin American Studies credit during their undergraduate career, thereby reducing the time needed to complete both degrees.

The M.A. in Latin American Studies requires 36 credit hours of graduate work. Honors College Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts students can take a maximum of 18 shared credit hours (credit hours to be counted for both degrees) in M.A. in Latin American Studies courses during their undergraduate program. Students design their 18 shared credit hours in coordination with their academic advisors in both Honors College and Latin American Studies. With the highly harmonious academic requirements of both programs, this could be done, among other ways, through a combination of the following:

  • Honors College students can choose a minor or double major that would also satisfy M.A. in Latin American Studies requirements. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the M.A. in Latin American Studies, this could be done in any of the concentrations within the M.A. degree. Students would choose courses that satisfy both their undergraduate minor or double major, and the M.A. in Latin American Studies requirements.
  • Honors College students are required to take 18 credit hours of upper-division courses that enrich a student's knowledge in: New environments and developing technologies; intercultural knowledge and competence; personal and social responsibility, including civic knowledge and engagement; and research fundamentals. Students could choose these courses so as to also satisfy M.A. in Latin American Studies requirements.
  • A minimum 12 credit hours in a non-English language is needed for the Honors degree, which could additionally fulfill the M.A. in Latin American Studies language requirement. M.A. in Latin American Studies students are required to take one upper-division course in a Latin American language.

To apply, students must be in good standing and nominated by the Honors College. The Interdisciplinary Committee for Latin American Studies (ICLAS) then reviews students' applications. Shared-credit degrees students need to meet regular M.A. in Latin American Studies admission requirements (see M.A. Application & Admission Guidelines), with two exceptions: students applying through Honors have the GRE requirement waived, and only two letters of recommendation are needed.

Students who choose not to complete the graduate portion of the program are still awarded the undergraduate degree when all undergraduate requirements are met. Completed graduate-level courses may be applied to either an undergraduate major or minor, as per existing policy. Where Latin American Studies chooses not to advance a student to the graduate portion of the program, completed graduate-level courses may be applied to either an undergraduate major or minor, as per existing policy.