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Study the languages, cultures and business of Latin America

Latin American Studies Major

We are a small interdisciplinary program with two outstanding “world class” components: the Model General Assembly of the Organization of American States (an international simulation) and Latin America study abroad programs.

What Will I Learn?

Our program offers three integrated learning objectives:

Soft Skills

You will be taught how to listen (to move beyond simply hearing to respond more timely, accurately, and deeply) and be schooled in questioning, with complexity and sophistication. You will engage in argumentation and negotiation, identifying differences and areas of agreement. You will gain experience in speaking extemporaneously to the situation and with confidence, and in working cooperatively over an extended time and sometimes in high pressure situations.

Broadened Perspectives

LAS students encounter global issues that will shape their generation in the decades to come. You will study and engage foreign cultures, expanding their awareness and enriching their understanding of the world and its diversity. Almost all experience being in two national capitals through the program’s advanced study options, increasing your comfort level and proficiency in professional settings.

Hands-on Experiences

Gain professional experience through three advanced studies tracks:

  • The Model Organization of American States track enables you to employ soft skills, study hemispheric issues, and engage your peers from across the United States and the Americas.
  • Study abroad track helps you gain cross-cultural background through course work and living in another country.
  • The Washington Internship Institute track semester incorporates academic seminars and working in a professional setting in the nation’s capital.

What is Unique About Our Program?

In content, you are expected to gain a broad understanding of the historical, geographical, and cultural context of the development of Latin America (and the Caribbean), while focusing on its current problems and issues. You will explore these patterns from the perspective of the region as a whole, as well as from varied national experiences across the region. Alongside this working body of knowledge, you are trained in and practice the soft skills and integrative analysis — especially through advanced study tracks — that will shape your professional stature to pursue a variety of different career opportunities.

What Are My Career Opportunities?

LAS majors can find careers that engage the Latin American world region or the Latin American ethnic community in the United States.

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