Do you have an interest in the Latin America region and its diaspora? The interdisciplinary major in Latin American Studies will offer you great flexibility in choosing courses about Latin America in the humanities and social sciences. This major can prepare you to pursue a professional career in fields such as business, education, journalism and media, international relations, law, non-governmental work, planning and public policy, public health and social work, or for graduate study in Latin American studies or in one of the related disciplines.

In recent years, Latin American Studies students have participated in service-learning programs learning about topics ranging from anthropology and human rights, to education, health, and sustainability, in places such as: Córdoba, Argentina; Cochabamba, Bolivia; Oaxaca, Mexico; Cuzco, Peru; the Costa Rican rainforest, and the Guatemalan highlands.

You can also take advantage of traditional academic semester and year-long programs in Latin American and the Caribbean, including Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Bolivia, Cayman Islands, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico, and Spain.


 

 First Semester Planning

The recommended first semester schedule for a first-year student considering the Latin American Studies major would consist of the following:

 

Expository Writing 101 (3 credits)

Major Exploration course (3 credits)

Major or Minor Exploration course (3 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or Signature Course (3 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or Signature Coursee (3 credits)

 Byrne or First-Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS) (1 credit) 

 Total Credits: 15-16

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 Additional Information Beyond the Classroom

For your first semester, we want you to focus on selecting appropriate courses, begin to understand the expectations and rigor of college, and identify resources to help you succeed at Rutgers. But, we also know that it is important to provide information for future planning.

In addition to the information below, students interested in exploring possible career options may find this resource from the Office of Career Exploration and Success helpful - you'll find that a degree in this subject prepares you for a wide variety of career options!