Latin American Studies
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- Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies
- Minor in Latin American Studies
- Certificate in Latin American Studies
Overview: Historical, cultural, economic and political relations between the Americas have made Latin American Studies an important field of inquiry for numerous disciplines. The relevance of Latin American Studies increased through the years due to the importance of Latin America for the United States and the growing influence of the Hispanic population in our country. The Hispanic presence, currently estimated at 45 million, is expected to grow to 25 percent of the total US population by the year 2050. In the US today, an excellent command of Spanish and an understanding of the historical, cultural, political and especially the economic situation of Latin American countries are assets in a very competitive job market.
Curriculum: The program offers a series of further courses in economics, history, modern and classical languages, political science, sociology and criminal justice and theology designed to engage students with Latin America. The program exposes students to the methods, materials and tools of several academic areas that, with close mentoring, enable them to do their work from an interdisciplinary perspective, culminating in the senior inquiry course for the Latin American Studies degree options.
For the Latin American Studies major, students must complete 33 credit hours of coursework composed of three required core courses, the senior inquiry course and seven electives with a concentration either in the humanities or the social sciences. A student majoring in Latin American Studies must also complete a Minor in Spanish. At this time, SLU does not have a minor in Portuguese. However, coursework in Portuguese equivalent to a minor may substitute for the minor in Spanish.
The Latin American Studies Minor is composed of 18 hours of coursework in Latin American Studies content courses.
To earn the Certificate in Latin American Studies, students must complete the three core courses and the senior inquiry course.
About the Faculty: The Latin American Studies faculty includes professors from the following departments: modern and classical languages, political science, sociology and criminal justice, economics, history and theology. The variety of faculty allows to students to engage in numerous disciplines.
Internships: The Latin American Studies major and minor requires students to spend at least one semester in a Latin American country participating actively in service-oriented programs and research projects connected with community development. Students work with less affluent communities, policy makers and/or community activists and present their work in a capstone project within their senior inquiry course.
The completion of one summer or semester abroad is recommended for students completing the Certificate in Latin American Studies.
Careers in the Field: The Latin American Studies program gives students the background needed to enter the fields of international trade and finance, foreign service, teaching, publishing, international law, immigration studies, journalism and Hispanic media and communications. The program also prepares graduates to work in Latin American offices within government agencies, non-profits and NGO’s. Also, the degree option prepares students for graduate study in the fields mentioned.