Latin American Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies at St. Edward’s prepares you for careers linked to an exciting, diverse and culturally rich part of the world that has long-established ties to the United States. If you have a passion for Latin America, this program is your gateway to multiple perspectives on the region.

You’ll gain a broad understanding of Latin America with classes that examine Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. You’ll also take at least four semesters of Spanish language courses and develop proficient speaking and writing skills vital to a career in diplomacy, humanitarian service, national security or international law. And you’ll study abroad or take part in an international internship, or both.

Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies


As a BA in Latin American Studies major, you’ll explore the history, language, culture, politics, government and economics of the region. In the process, you’ll achieve a solid understanding of Latin America’s relationship with the United States and other parts of the world, the dynamics between its many countries, and the challenges and future prospects facing the region.

Students majoring in Latin American studies can cultivate their interests in the region through a study abroad experience, through a variety of internships focused on Latin America and with participation in an annual Model Organization of American States competition.

With a BA in Latin American Studies, graduates may work as Latin American specialists with the U.S. Department of State, as interpreters/translators for academic and research institutions, or as managers or staff members of multinational corporations.

Many students select this degree to prepare for teaching positions or to pursue graduate study in related disciplines, such as international law or business. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions, study abroad and/or an internship — allows you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work. 

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in Latin American Studies majors take courses from these groups:

Students who major in Latin American studies complete core courses, which include Survey of Latin America, Comparative Politics, Microeconomics, Economics of Latin America, The History of Mexico, Latin American History, and The Politics and Governments of Latin America.

Students will demonstrate advanced oral and written Spanish language proficiency.

Latin American studies majors select from a variety of advanced courses in Spanish, political science, history, economics or international business to complete their degree.

Latin American studies majors are required to participate in a study abroad program or an internship focused on Latin America. Students may choose to study with St. Edward’s University faculty in Costa Rica over the summer or select from a wide variety of other programs across the region.

You’ll complete your degree in Latin American studies with a dynamic Senior Seminar class that highlights current debates within the field — such as the vast socio-economic disparities that persist despite the region’s economic gains. You’ll also produce a senior research project that explores your particular area of interest in Latin American studies.

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies.


In addition to the required internship/study abroad experience, Latin American studies majors can choose to participate in other optional internships.

Internationally focused internships for Latin American studies majors have included:

  • Caritas Refugee Settlement Program
  • Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services
  • Consulate General of Mexico
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce



At St. Edward’s, you’ll participate in professional-level research typically reserved for graduate students at larger universities. Latin American studies majors collaborate alongside faculty and present original research at the annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) at St. Edward’s.

Students also research and develop international public policy initiatives in the Model Organization of America States Competition. The goal of this national annual event is to promote cultural interaction and awareness of the most important issues facing the Americas.

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