Latin American and latino/a Studies Program Information

 

 

Lea Ramsdell, Program Director, LA 4210E 410-704-5369
   
   

Why Study Latin America?

 

In recent years the Latin American economies have become increasingly connected to other global economies, especially that of the United States, as evidenced by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  As Latin American commerce is increasingly linked to world markets, areas such as media, academics and health are becoming globally integrated as well.  These changes are generating demand in a variety of fields for trained professionals who understand Latin American culture and history.  Training in Latin American and Latino/a Studies prepares students to take advantage of these new career opportunities.

 

The Latin American and Latino/a Studies program allows students to approach the study of Latin America from an interdisciplinary perspective.  The concentration is especially valuable for the following students:

 

  • Those planning to continue their study of Latin America or Spanish at the graduate level.
  • Those who anticipate living or working in Latin America or working with Latino/a communities in the United States.
  • Those wishing to acquire expertise in Latin American culture and history to pursue career opportunities in government organizations or businesses connected to Latin America.

 

Students in this program major in Interdisciplinary Studies and complete a concentration in Latin American and Latino/a Studies.  The Latin American Studies Committee administers the program.  Students select one of the members of the committee as an adviser. 

 

Careers in Latin American and Latino/a Studies

 

Training in Latin American and Latino/a Studies is an excellent preparation for various careers.  Some Latin American and Latino/a Studies graduates pursue careers in the general field of education.  Others find employment with businesses such as export/import companies, international banks and investment companies, international hotel chains, tour and travel companies, and the international media.  Various government and private organizations, such as the State Department, Department of Defense, Department of Immigration, the Washington Office of Latin America and Americas Watch, seek individuals trained in Latin American and Latino/a Studies.  Employment opportunities also exist for translators and researchers, and in many other areas.

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