A major in Latin American Studies provides you with the solid liberal arts skills useful in most professions, as well as specialized language and knowledge desirable for a career related to the region of Latin America. In addition, majoring in Latin American Studies can prepare you for graduate education in the social sciences, humanities, law, and business.

About the Major

All majors are required to participate in a study abroad program in a Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking nation in Latin America. Students are encouraged to spend a semester or longer abroad, but with prior approval a summer program may be substituted. Study-abroad programs exist in most Latin American nations.

Students use the methodologies of multiple academic fields and develop a more profound political, social, historical, economic, and cultural knowledge of the region than could be realized in a single department. The major requires coursework in Spanish language, history, politics, cultural geography, and other fields, as well as a senior thesis of 25-30 pages.

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Careers in Higher Education

Carolyn Thompson ’14 earned a Publishing certificate from New York University and currently works as an Engagement and Implementation Services Supervisor with John Wiley and Sons in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Program Contact Info


Director: Jeremy Baskes
Elliott Hall 109
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3638
E jabaskes@owu.edu

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