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Latin American StudiesMajor

Concentrate your course work on a region of the world with unquestioned social and economic importance.


What is Latin American Studies at WVU like?


Our students acquire an interdisciplinary, transgeographic and transcultural perspective of Latin America, including Spanish America, Portuguese America, the Caribbean and Latinos in the United States.

In this major, you'll explore:

  • Political, historical and cultural structures that define the region
  • Languages and cultures
  • Challenges presented by globalization
  • The formation of contemporary Latin America as a region

A degree in Latin American Studies will prepare you for further study in graduate or professional schools as well as contribute to a background that may be applied to work in government, foreign service, non-governmental organizations and international business or law. This program will help you become a well-trained, motivated and enthusiastic specialist in this region, sought after by the government and the private sector alike.

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Common careers for graduates include education, government, foreign service, international business, nonprofit organizations, policy and public health.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Latin American Studies major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

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What are the courses like in Latin American Studies at WVU?

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Popular Courses

FCLT 161:
The Many Latin Americas

Introduction to Latin American Studies. Surveys primary documents from Latin American history and a range of disciplinary perspectives on Latin America's past and present.

FCLT 260:
Cultures of Mexico

An in-depth survey of contemporary Mexican culture, including Mexico's complex history and regional subcultures, Mexican art and literature, linguistic diversity, geography, and politics.

FLIT 361:
Latin American Literature and Violence

Examination of key works of Latin American cultural production in translation related to contexts of physical and structural violence.

HIST 104:
Latin America: Past and Present

Introduction to Latin American history, stressing the relationship between the past and present. Special emphasis is given to economic problems, political development, and social change in modern Latin America.

HIST 350:
The Aztec, Maya, and Inca

Survey of political, religious, and social structures of the Aztec, Maya and Inca civilizations; exploring their origins, daily lives, cultural productions, understanding of the universe, and perspectives on Europeans.

SPAN 313:
Spanish Through Media

Explores Spanish language and Hispanic cultures through audio-visual materials.

SPAN 333:
Spanish American Literature

Readings in Spanish American literature from the colonial period to the present.

SPAN 335:
Seminar in Spanish-American Culture

Examination of media, film, dance, music, visual arts, food, or other non-literary cultural production of Spanish America.

Cost and Aid

How much does Latin American Studies at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2019-20 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $409
Per Semester $4,908
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,816
Per Credit $1,111
Per Semester $13,332
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,664
Per Credit $1,111
Per Semester $13,632
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,264
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What are the requirements to apply for Latin American Studies at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Latin American Studies major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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