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Latin American Studies

About Latin American Studies

BYU’s Latin American Studies major provides a multidisciplinary approach to university study through the languages, cultures, and history of Latin American countries. Our graduates go on to a variety of activities. Many go to work in business, while others enter various graduate programs (law school, MPA programs, medical and dental school, among others), while still others go into teaching or government work. For a sampling of what some of our past majors are doing now (including what they did while at BYU), look here.

In this major, students learn skills in perceptive reading, analytical thinking, and clear, forceful writing in courses from BYU’s various academic departments. Students will study Latin America through the perspectives of history, political science, sociology, Spanish and Portuguese language, anthropology, geography, and more. Many students test out of a portion of the language requirements, which shortens the major and allows those students to: pursue more internships, go on study abroad programs, and engage in other experience-building opportunities.

If you love Latin America, this is a great major for you.

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Jeffrey Shumway
Faculty Coordinator

Professor of History
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