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Latin American Studies, BA

Understand the histories, societies, and cultures of Latin American and Caribbean peoples. Prepare to navigate and thrive in the increasingly interconnected Americas. Learn Spanish and study in Latin America for a summer or a semester and gain a profound understanding of the region and its peoples. Cross disciplines as you take courses in the humanities, literature and the arts, and the social sciences.

Come to USF and learn about Latin America's complex and vibrant societies. You have the option of completing requirements for the major in a three-year accelerated course of studies.

What can I do with a degree in Latin American Studies?

  • Pursue graduate work in many disciplines, from international studies to global business, with an informed emphasis in Latin America.
  • Join local and/or international NGOs focused on issues such as human rights, microfinance, environmental rights, and migration.
  • Work with city government on housing rights for disenfranchised migrant communities, or against gentrification and displacement of these communities.
  • Bring a wider understanding of Latin America to your classroom if you become a teacher, to your clients if you become a consultant, to your patients if you are in the health professions or social work.
  • Seek employment with government and multilateral agencies dedicated to social, political, and economic exchange with Latin America.

Learn More About the Curriculum

What is the San Francisco Advantage?

California's fast-growing immigrant population from Latin America, together with its substantial current Latino population, makes San Francisco a fertile ground for the study of Latin America in relation to the U.S.

Who teaches Latin American Studies?

Our faculty organize meaningful film festivals; performances in theater, music, and dance; conferences with international guest speakers, and more.

Meet the Faculty

What is Divisadero?

The Divisadero Journal is a collaborative publication from the Latin American Studies Program.

Read the Journal

Study Abroad

Attend immersions in Latin America and the Caribbean. Learn about these places from the inside out. Many immersions are designed specifically for Latin American Studies.

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Understand Latinx Communities

The Center for Latinx Studies in the Americas (CELASA) at USF contributes to the understanding of Latinx communities in the United States and throughout Latin America and promotes scholarly communication across national boundaries.

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Latin American Studies, BA

Roberto Gutierrez Varea, Program Director
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080