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Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies is a broad-based area of study, enabling students to integrate the study of Latin American-predominant languages (Spanish and Portuguese) with the history, geography, cultures, politics, economies, religions and societies of the region. The major is interdisciplinary, allowing students to study a region of unquestioned social and economic importance across the departments of History, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, and World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics. The major enables students with an interest in working in Latin America to earn a relevant degree. It also allows students to integrate study abroad programs in Buenos Aires and Guanajuato, as well as Spring Break programs in Mexico or other countries. The major also enables students to integrate their language study into a rigorous program focusing on the region and enhances students’ ability to compete in a challenging global market by concentrating on one region.

Career Profile

The Latin American Studies major provides interested students with excellent preparation for graduate school. After earning the bachelor of arts, students can pursue careers in higher education as teachers, researchers, or those who provide support for study abroad, multicultural programming, literacy or international student services. Some students choose to work teaching English as a second language, at all levels, or work in advocacy, human services, business and industry, law, public service and public policy, or media. The extremely flexible nature of the major allows students to complete a complementary major or minors to further tailor their credentials alongside the intercultural knowledge the major provides.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

POLS 260 Intro International Relations PORT 102 Elementary Portuguese 2 HIST 241 Latin Amrca:Cltr/Cnqst/Colnztn PHIL 130 Current Moral Problems

Senior Year

This major is so brand-spanking new that students haven’t finished their senior year.

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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