Academic Programs Overview

Our academic programs are designed to provide a balanced curriculum in the history, culture, and society of Latin America for students desiring a  broad interdisciniplary education. Faculty members have particular expertise in border issues, Brazil, Mexico, and Central America, and students are able to take a wide range of courses across departments. Fieldwork, study abroad, internships, foreign language acquisition, and community engagement are strongly encouraged. Graduates from the department have gone into a variety of careers, including:

  • Documentary film-making
  • Journalism
  • Teaching (both K-16 and University levels)
  • Medical professions
  • Foreign service
  • Humanitarian aid and nonprofit work
  • Law
  • Consulting work


We offer a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Latin American Studies.  The M.A. can be completed as part of a Juris Doctorate, Public Administration, Public Health or Journalism dual degree.  The Center also offers a Ph.D. minor in Latin American Studies.

CLAS is thrilled to offer a Certificate in Brazilian Studies. More details coming soon!

Contact Colin Deeds ( with inquiries about the graduate programs and the undergraduate academic advisor for questions about the major and minor in Latin American Studies.

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