Latin American Studies

The Latin American studies program at Saint Louis University offers a series of interdisciplinary courses designed to engage students with the history, politics, economics, literatures and cultures of Latin American, a region of growing global strategic importance.


Major in Latin American Studies

SLU's major in Latin American Studies is offered through the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  Students complete 33 credit hours of coursework, including three required core courses ("LAS 3930: Introduction to Latin American Studies," "HIST 3170: History of Colonial Latin America," " HIST 3180: History of Modern Latin America"), as well as seven electives and a senior capstone ("LAS 4880: Senior Inquiry").

You’ll spend one semester abroad doing at least 70 hours of community service in Latin America and complete a senior inquiry course. With the director's approval, you can also complete an internship with an organization involved with Hispanic communities instead of a study abroad experience.

Latin American studies majors at SLU must also complete a minor in Spanish.

Core Courses
  • LAS 3930: Introduction to Latin American Studies
  • HIST 3170: History of Colonial Latin America
  • HIST 3180: History of Modern Latin America
  • LAS 4880: Senior Inquiry
Internships and Careers

Both the Latin American studies major and minor require students to spend at least one semester in a Latin American country participating in service-oriented programs and research projects connected with community development.

While a strong command of Spanish will make you an excellent job candidate in the U.S. job market, the program also prepares graduates to work in Latin American offices within government agencies, nonprofits and NGOs. It is also helpful when entering the fields of international trade and finance, foreign service, international law, immigration studies, journalism and Hispanic media and communications.

Faculty

SLU’s Latin American studies faculty includes professors from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, along with professors from business, political science, sociology, criminal justice, economics, history, theology and public health. 

Tuition and Fees

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For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Minor in Latin American Studies

The Latin American studies minor consists of 18 hours of coursework, at least one semester abroad and the capstone course. During the semester abroad, students must complete at least 40 hours of community service.With the director's approval, you can also complete an internship with an organization involved with Hispanic communities instead of a study abroad experience. A student minoring in Latin American studies must also complete a minor in Spanish. If you choose to minor in Latin American studies, you will take the following core courses: "LAS 3000: Introduction to Latin American Studies," "HIST 3170: History of Colonial Latin America," "HIST 3180: History of Modern Latin America."


Study Abroad

Explore Latin America

SLU offers students a variety of study abroad options that can fulfill the Latin American studies program’s required service hours, including Ecuador, Chile, Argentina or a Mexican Health Care Systems Immersion Trip.