FILAS (Fellows in Latin American Studies)

In this highly selective Honors Program, students follow a rigorous, accelerated curriculum to complete two degrees (B.A./M.A.) in Latin American and Caribbean Studies in five years, less time than would be required to obtain the degrees separately. The program provides exciting collaborative research, travel, and work opportunities. While students typically apply to the FILAS program upon their initial application to UM, we also welcome applicants in their first year of study at the University.

FILAS Admission Requirements

  • SAT1 composite score of 1360 or ACT 31.
  • Top 10% of high school graduating class.
  • Regular Application for Admission to the University of Miami. We recommend students submit their applications by November 15.
  • Recommendations from three high school teachers.
  • Statement of interest in FILAS, emphasizing prior language or area study
  • To continue through the graduate level (MA Phase), students must maintain at least a 3.4 GPA and take the GRE Exam.

Curriculum Requirements

Working with UM’s world-class faculty in various academic disciplines, FILAS participants design individualized curricula. In addition to the regular general education course requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, FILAS students choose one focus track for their most advanced courses: Social Sciences, Law and Policy, Literature & Culture, Communication, Environmental Studies, Public Health, or History. For broad-based, multi-disciplinary preparation, students choose courses that focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. At least ten of these courses must be taken at the graduate level.

English Composition 16
English Composition I
English Composition II
Mathematics, Computing & Statistics 23
Second Language 3
Writing Across the Curriculum 4
Cognates 59
Advanced Language Proficiency in Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Haitian Creole3
Select one of the following:
Advanced French
Intermediate Haitian Creole I
Intermediate Portuguese II
Advanced Spanish
Secondary Language Competence in another Latin American or Caribbean Language3
Select one of the following:
Accelerated Elementary French
Elementary Haitian Creole II ((or equivalent))
Beginning Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
Accelerated Elementary Spanish
FILAS Specific Requirements
Select one gateway seminar in Latin American Studies3
Select two History courses6
Select two International Studies courses6
Select two Economics courses6
Select two advanced Languages and Literatures courses (SPA, POR, FRE, or HAI)6
Select seven courses in Study Abroad21
Select one course as Internship in Latin America3
Select five courses above the 300-level (third-year) in a range of disciplines15
Select ten courses in one focus track30
MA Phase Requirements
GRE Exam in Semester 7 or 8
LAS 601Interdisciplinary in Latin American and Caribbean3
LAS 602Research Design in Latin American Studies3
Select two Regional Fundamentals courses6
Select four electives from approved LAS or combined courses12
LAS 810Pre-candidacy thesis credits (students must enroll in two semesters of this 3-credit course to fulfill this requirement.)3
LAS 810Pre-candidacy thesis credits3
Total Credit Hours150

FILAS students also write a Master’s Thesis based on an original research project. In addition, they must defend the thesis and present their findings at the LAS Annual Student Symposium.