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Why Latin American Studies?

History, music, film and media, economics, languages, politics, sports, and literature. These are just some of the many facets of everyday life that have been affected greatly by Latin Americans.

Motivated to learn more about a vibrant, growing demographic? Interested in working with leading faculty from a number of academic disciplines? Want to complement your major with a meaningful minor? Fascinated by a region that’s significantly influencing United States’ culture and politics? Latin American Studies is for you.

A few more reasons:

  • Small class sizes
  • Individually tailored tutorial courses
  • Possible travel to various areas of Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Hands-on, service-oriented learning experiences


The following is a sampling of possible career paths for LAS minors.

• Translator/Interpreter
• International Business
• Customs Inspector
• Journalist
• Travel Agent
• Medical professional
• ESL Teacher
• Immigration Agent
• Embassy Personnel
• Market Researcher
• Study Abroad Coordinator
• Foreign Service employee


Here are some skills you can market with a minor in Latin American Studies.

• Cultural awareness and sensitivity
• Language competency
• Effective research and presentation skills
• Critical thinking and problem solving skills
• Ability to work with diverse populations
• Written and oral communication skills
• Creativity and adaptability
• Appreciation for cultural differences
• Translation skills

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Rev. David T. Orique, O.P., Ph.D.
Latin American Studies Program Director
Assistant Professor of History

Ruane Center for the Humanities 113

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