The Latin American and Latino/a Studies Concentration within the interdisciplinary studies major allows students to approach the study of Latin America as an area from an interdisciplinary perspective. Watch this short video to meet some students in the program.
The Latin American and Latino/a Studies Concentration is appropriate for those intending to pursue Latin American and Latino/a Studies or Spanish at the graduate level, for those anticipating living or working in Latin America, or for those wishing to acquire expertise in Latin America for a career in government or business.
Training in Latin American and Latino/Studies is an excellent preparation for various 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.
For more information, please take a look at the Towson University Career Center.
Latin American and Latino/a Studies students should plan early how they intend to fulfill their capstone requirement. Options include Study Abroad in Latin America, Model Organization of American States (LAST 385), Directed Readings, Honors Thesis, and Internship.
Students may attend any Latin American study abroad program approved by the Towson University Study Abroad & Away Office. Students studying abroad earn credits toward fulfilling the Towson University Latin American and Latino/a Studies program requirements only by completing courses in Latin American and Latino/a Studies-related disciplines (for Spanish grammar, composition and conversation courses, only Spanish 301, Spanish 302, Spanish 331 or their equivalents may be counted), and are subject to the approval of the Latin American and Latino/a Studies director. Credits earned abroad may not be counted more than once toward fulfilling any Latin American and Latino/a Studies program requirement.
Travel-study courses to Latin America may also count toward the Study Abroad Option of the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Capstone experience requirement, subject to the approval of the Latin American and Latino/a Studies director.
For more information, please contact Towson's Study Abroad & Away Office, 410-704-2451.
Internships may be taken with any department participating in the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program. All internships must be concerned with Latin America or Latinos/as in the United States, and are subject to the approval of the director of Latin American and Latino/a Studies.
"I had the opportunity to serve the Latino community in Baltimore this summer through a LAST 497 Internship with the Education-Based Latino Outreach. Working with EBLO allowed me to experience both the inner workings as well as the outreach aspects of a non-profit organization. I especially loved volunteering at the annual LatinoFest cultural celebration, and interacting with Latino/a youth through EBLO's Mi Segunda Casa Summer Program! If you aren't able to participate in a study abroad program, an internship is a great way to complete your Capstone Experience and discover more about the Latino community in the U.S."