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

Overview:

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. 

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language

II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth

IV. MAJOR CORE COURSES (27 CREDIT HOURS):
• Survey of Latin America
• Comparative Politics
• Mexico
• Topics in Latin American History
• Governments and Politics of Latin America
• Microeconomic Principles
• Economics of Latin America
• Study Abroad/Internship
• Senior Research Seminar

V. SPANISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS (12 CREDIT HOURS)

VI. ADVANCED COURSES (9 CREDIT HOURS):
In addition, you will take 9 hours in one of the following: Spanish, Political Science, History, Economics or International Business, as approved by your advisor.

VII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

VIII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.