About CLAS



The Center for Latin American Studies (LAS) at the University of Arizona is a unique student-centered academic and outreach unit within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. As a Title VI Comprehensive National Resource Center supported by the U.S. Department of Education, LAS is nationally recognized as a leading Latin American Studies program in the country. Established in 1974, the UA LAS has continuously worked at building a community of Latin Americanist students, scholars, and practitioners both at the University of Arizona and in the larger Arizona community.

UA LAS’ dual mission of teaching and outreach is one of the key sources of its vitality. LAS has been consistent in fostering an integrated and interdisciplinary learning experience for our graduate and undergraduate students through a program led by faculty who are deeply engaged with students in the classroom, in the field, and through community outreach.

Today, with 8 core faculty and 150 affiliated faculty from 42 colleges, schools, and research institutes, UA LAS has significant strengths that derive from its inter- disciplinary nature, its emphasis on language immersion and fieldwork training, as well as its rigorous academic and intellectual approaches. LAS faculty and students are at the forefront of public debate in a variety of critical contemporary Latin American topics, contributing to the development of innovative policy solutions through our unique regional networks.

Academic Programs

  • B.A. and M.A. in LAS
  • Dual M.A. (Law, Journalism, Public Health, and Public Administration)
  • Study Abroad programs in Guatemala, Colombia, Cuba, and Mexico

Key Areas of Research and Outreach

  • Human rights, migration, and the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Race, identity, and politics in Brazil.
  • Environment, development, and health.
  • Violence and peacebuilding.
  • Indigenous peoples, gender, and social movements.

LAS also offers:

  • Community outreach, including educational materials and support for K-12 and Community college educators and students.
  • Tinker Foundation scholarships for Graduate Field Research Grants for summer fieldwork in Latin America.
  • FLAS fellowships for Graduate and Undergraduate students interested in Portuguese and Indigenous languages.

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