Latin American Studies


What is Latin American Studies?

In this major, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Latin America. Our program provides in-depth, integrative coursework that spans across multiple perspectives. Students use both historical and humanistic lenses to study the society, politics, and economics of the area. Anthropology, ecology, and geography are also examined. You will also gain command of a Latin American language. Possibilities include Spanish, Portuguese, Quechua, or another Native language indigenous to Middle or South America. On top of everything, you will develop critical thinking, research, and writing skills.

Career Options

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Government
  • Nonprofit work
  • Tourism

Post-Graduation Success1

84% employed or continuing education

47% employed after graduation

32% attending graduate school

5% volunteering

Insufficient survey data is available for average starting annual income.

Sample employer destinations: Teach for America, Strategy Lending Services, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Women's Resource Center

Sample grad school destinations: DePaul University, College of Law, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

25 - 31 ACT Score

1170 - 1440 SAT Score

3.20 - 3.74 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390


  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872


  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246