Latin American Studies

Major and Minor

This academic discipline is a study of the complexity of Latin American social, political, and cultural structures, issues, and problems. Students study the effects of disease, law, and colonization, as well as the different forms of government, development, foreign policy, and socio-cultural aspects of Latin America. As a result of completing the major or minor, students will have a deeper understanding of Latin American politics, economy, and culture, as well as of the intricate relationship between the region and the U.S.

Highlights of the Hopkins Program

The Program in Latin American Studies at The Johns Hopkins University offers a variety of courses across the disciplines and promotes research partnerships between students and faculty. Under the close supervision of an advisor, students create an individualized program of study that focuses on a particular aspect of Latin America, or the history, literature, ecology, geography, and politics of a particular region within Latin America. Courses draw on the expertise of professors in romance languages, anthropology, history, sociology, and political science. Proficiency in either Spanish or Portuguese is required for the major at the advanced level and for the minor at the intermediate level. The program offers opportunities for research and travel to Latin America.


Sample First Semester Schedule
  • Intro to Latin American Studies, AS.361.130 or other 100 or 200 level Latin American Studies course
  • Begin study of Spanish or Portuguese language at the appropriate level
  • Consider an elective N, Q, or E course to begin distribution requirements
  • Two elective course
  • Total 12-17 credits

Career Exploration

Skill Set

The “real world” skills you’ll develop with a major in Latin American Studies:

  • Comparing translations and interpretations
  • Communicating between cultures
  • Reading critically and interpreting data
  • Collaborating as part of a team

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