Dr. Jane Mangan's visit to Dr. Erika Edwards' LTAM class.Welcome to Latin American Studies at UNC Charlotte! 

Our programs utilize a holistic approach that examines Latin America from different disciplines such as history, anthropology, political science, language and cultural studies.

The Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Latin American Studies offers the opportunity for a deeper understanding of the Latin American region and community. The two-year program includes courses with a multidisciplinary approach, the choice between two graduation tracks: completion of a Master's thesis or a comprehensive examination. Graduates from the program can develop a career in the academic field, pursue a Ph.D. in the humanities or social sciences, or acquire a position in public, private, or non-governental institutions related to the understanding, analysis, and development of the Latin American region.

The program in Latin American Studies leading to the Master of Arts degree provides students with the skills and knowledge to understand and analyze Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino/a culture and society. It goes without saying that this region is of key importance in the age of globalization and mass migration. The program will provide an excellent foundation for advanced graduate study in the humanities, social sciences, and in professional programs like law (is it worth mentioning medicine and dentistry?). It is also designed to prepare the growing number of students who seek careers in the foreign service and other government agencies as well as those who will seek employment in non-governmental organizations with an international or cross-cultural orientation, in international business. Finally, it will also serve as an important qualification for individuals in education and the social services who work with the burgeoning Hispanic population of North Carolina. 

Why Latin American Studies?
Students majoring or minoring in Latin American Studies:

  • Study the culture, geography, history, politics, and society of Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Gain an understanding of the background of the Latino population in the United States.
  • Understand economic development and underdevelopment from a comparative perspective.
  • Gain insight into interdisciplinary work in the social sciences from a variety of methodological perspectives.
  • Improve their writing and critical thinking skills.
  • Combine in-depth training in Spanish and/or Portuguese with the lived experience of speakers of these languages.