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Departmental Graduate Programs

Spanish and Portuguese

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese (SPPO) offers Integrated M.A./Ph.D. programs in:

SPPO also offers minors in film studies, Latino studies, literary and cultural theory, folklore, and other fields, reflecting the interdisciplinary approach to research of our faculty and students. 

Comparative Studies

The Department of Comparative Studies offers interdisciplinary graduate degree programs in the study of culture at both the M.A. and the Ph.D. levels. Graduate work is interdisciplinary and cross-cultural, and explores comparative perspectives on a wide range of cultural and historical discourses and practices: literary, aesthetic, technological, scientific, religious, political, material. The cross-cultural and interdisciplinary nature of the program provides many opportunities for a Latin American studies focus. Many courses with Latin American content are cross-listed in Comparative Studies. 


Latin American history is well represented in the Department of History. Thematic emphases include economic history, gender and sexuality studies, race and ethnicity, and revolutionary societies. For a list of Latin American courses offered in the department, please visit https://history.osu.edu/courses?field_course_terms_1_tid%5B%5D=113

History of Art

The History of Art department is especially noted for its program in Latin American art. Its strength in Modern and Contemporary art, areas where it has wide-ranging expertise (painting, sculpture, new media, film), places it among the most cutting-edge departments anywhere. 

Political Science

For most students, arriving at a course of study in the department of Political Science will involve selection of two focus fields from among the five fields of American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Methodology, and Political Theory and a course-out minor from either one of the above fields, a graduate interdisciplinary specialization, or a graduate minor. Students focusing on Latin American politics could major in the fields of comparative or international politics, while adding a specialization or minor to round out their studies.


The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Master of Laws (LLM) program is designed for foreign lawyers who wish to advance their legal education in a stimulating academic environment. The college offers the dual advantages of a highly-regarded law curriculum at a major U.S. university and an LLM program of limited size that allows for individualized attention and support. Moritz also offers a rich selection of student activities outside the classroom where LLM students may participate in the life of the college. This program has a partnership with La Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey.

Graduate Specializations

Graduate Specialization in Latina/o Studies

The graduate specialization requires 10 credit hours of coursework, including the four credit hour core course CS 6425/SPAN 6705: Graduate Introduction to Latina/o Studies, and two additional electives from the courses listed below. The goal of the GIS is to assist graduate students in gaining advanced knowledge of Latina/o Studies and training in its interdisciplinary methods.

Graduate Specialization in Global Health

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Global Health (GISGH) is an opportunity for students to complement an existing specialization within the College of Public Health. The certificate provides graduate and professional students access to interdisciplinary study in global health issues, offers students the opportunity to gain specific expertise in the unique challenges of healthcare in the developing world and among immigrant populations, and provides formal recognition of such study on the student's transcript upon completion.

Latin American Courses in Graduate and Professional Programs

The Ohio State University offers a variety of courses on Latin America across several departments and colleges including Agricultural, Environmental, and Development EconomicsBusiness; and Law. Most of these courses are electives and thus available to students in all disciplines. Please see the Latin American Studies list of Area Studies Courses for a description of courses in these departments.