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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:
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.