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Latin American Studies Program Overview

Latin American Studies (LAS) offers an interdisciplinary approach to learning about the politics, economics, cultures, and societies of Latin America and the Caribbean. LAS uses this region as a framework for exploring thematic issues in such disciplines as anthropology, art, history, political science, Spanish and Portuguese, and communication studies.  Courses are offered in departments from every school and college, and our affiliated faculty research diverse topics from development economics to immigrant healthcare, from Latin American music to colonial literature. Our students become true experts who can speak to a wide range of issues confronting Latin America: experts who can contribute proactively to development and cooperation, as well as to business and political analysis in a way that their peers with a more traditional disciplinary focus cannot.

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Degrees and Programs of Study

Latin American Studies MajorThe Latin American Studies Major is an interdisciplinary program with a focus on the study of social problems of Latin America. Latin America’s art, literature and religious thought have been universally recognized for their high quality and contribution to world civilization. At the same time, extreme social inequality persists in Latin America in addition to rapid urban growth, dramatic ecological change and political upheavals with powerful local and global implications. The Latin American Studies major offers a variety of courses that examine these issues. To complete the major, students must take twelve 3-credit courses in Latin American Studies, and demonstrate a reading and speaking knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese.

Latin American Studies MinorThe Latin American Studies Minor enables students to combine the requirements of their majors with the study of Latin America. It is designed to be of particular value to students who intend to engage in technical, professional, business, or government work involving Latin America. To earn the minor, students must complete six 3 credit courses in subjects with a Latin American emphasis, and demonstrate a reading knowledge and speaking facility of Spanish or Portuguese.

Curriculum

Students majoring or minoring in Latin American Studies:

  • Study the culture, geography, history, politics, and society of Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Gain an understanding of the background of the Latino population in the United States.
  • Understand economic development and underdevelopment from a comparative perspective.
  • Gain insight into interdisciplinary work in the social sciences from a variety of methodological perspectives.
  • Improve their writing and critical thinking skills.
  • Combine in-depth training in Spanish and/or Portuguese with the lived experience of speakers of these languages.

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Internships/Careers

Internships have been available to students majoring in Latin American Studies through community organizations like the Taller Puertorriqueño, Congreso de Latinos Unidos and the Latin American Economic Development Association.

Many of our graduates go onto further study in graduate or law school. Potential careers include:

  • Anthropologist
  • Cultural officer
  • Interpreter
  • Lawyer
  • Public administrator
  • Police officer
  • Social worker
  • Teacher

Awards/Scholarships

Knudson Journalism Latin American Studies Award: This scholarship is distributed annually via faculty nomination and is available to students interested in Latin American studies, Latin America or Hispanic culture.

Faculty

Ronald W. Webb
Instructor of Latin American Studies
Undergraduate Advisor
817 Anderson Hall
215-204-7527
rwebb@temple.edu

Ariel Arnau
Adjunct Instructor in Latin American Studies
415 Anderson Hall
215-204-8285
furioso2@temple.edu

Lori Zett
Adjunct Instructor in Latin American Studies
415 Anderson Hall
215-204-8285
lorizett@temple.edu

Resources

TU Press Books on Latin American and Caribbean Studies

TU Press Books on Latino/a Studies