Overview

Why study Latin American and Caribbean studies?

Knowledge of Latin American and Caribbean culture, environment, and society is crucial to U.S. hemispheric relations and world understanding.

Undergraduate Programs

The program offers a range of opportunities for students from most academic disciplines to study this region. KU has particular depth in Central America, Mexico, Haiti, the Andes, Paraguay, and Brazil and professors and courses concerned with much of the rest of Latin America. KU has an excellent library collection on Latin America and is one of the few U.S. universities teaching Haitian Creole, Kaqchikel Maya, and Andean Quichua.

The B.A. degree provides a broad academic background with a regional focus, usually in conjunction with a second major, and a mastery of Spanish and other languages. The program enables students to take courses in many departments and lays the foundation for graduate work. Students are encouraged to pursue graduation with honors in Latin American and Caribbean studies.

Prospective majors should begin language study in Spanish or Portuguese as early as possible. The intensive language program is recommended for those without high school preparation. Prospective majors are encouraged to choose courses with Latin American and Caribbean content (e.g., LAA 100, LAA 332, HIST 121) to meet principal course requirements.

All students must be advised by the program’s advisor as early as possible; call the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at 785-864-4213 to make an appointment.

Why study Latin American and Caribbean studies?

Knowledge of Latin American and Caribbean culture, environment, and society is crucial to U.S. hemispheric relations and world understanding.

Graduate Programs

The Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies administers an interdisciplinary program of substantive and language courses leading to the Master of Arts degree. Students may pursue the M.A. as a terminal degree for careers in the public or private sector or as preparation for additional graduate study. The center also offers 2 graduate certificates of 4 courses each in Brazilian Studies and Central American and Mexican Studies.

Contact Info

Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Bailey Hall
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 320
Lawrence, KS 66045-7545
785-864-4213
785-864-3800
latamst@ku.edu
http://latamst.ku.edu/
Jill S. Kuhnheim, Director
785-864-1126

Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Bailey Hall
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 320
Lawrence, KS 66045-7545
785-864-4213
785-864-3800
latamst@ku.edu
http://latamst.ku.edu/
Peter Haney, Assistant Director and Undergraduate Advisor
785-864-1127
Karen Cook, Advising Specialist
785-864-3500
kuizen@ku.edu

Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Bailey Hall
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 320
Lawrence, KS 66045-7545
785-864-4213
785-864-3800
latamst@ku.edu
http://latamst.ku.edu/
Jill S. Kuhnheim, Director
785-864-1127
Tony Rosenthal, Associate Director and Graduate Advisor
785-864-4213
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