Latin American Studies

Bachelor of Arts

About the Major

Latin American studies is an interdisciplinary degree, designed to build up students’ skills in professional development, critical thinking, understanding complex concepts (such as citizenship), and lifelong learning. By pursuing a degree in Latin American studies, students employ linguistic, organizational, analytical, technological, investigative, and communicative research tools, which can help with future research endeavors as well as careers outside of scholarly education.

Program Highlights

You'll enroll in courses on the cultures, histories, societies, economies, and governments of Latin America, offering training for business or professional careers that require specialized knowledge of this exciting and diverse area of the world. You'll also participate in a Latin American international experience such as study abroad, student exchange, internship, coursework in Tijuana, summer program, or other activities approved by your advisor.

Sample Courses

  • Mexican and Chicano Music
  • Culture and Society of Tijuana
  • Illness, Health, and Healing in Latin America
  • Immigration and Border Politics

Career Options

Our graduates find careers in nonprofit and advocacy work, law, business, journalism, international careers, healthcare, education, government service, lobbying, public administration, social and marketing research, social work, film and production, and many other professional arenas.

  • UN Women
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at University of Michigan
  • ELS Educational Services
  • Social Advocates for Youth

Transferable Skills

  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Conversational skills
  • Cultural awareness
  • Writing
  • Public speaking, presentation, and didactic skills
  • Interpretive skills
  • Linguistic skills
  • Rhetorical skills

Center for Latin American Studies

College of Arts and Letters