Latin American Studies

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


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

85% employed or continuing education

55% employed after graduation

26% attending graduate school

4% volunteering

$36,509 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Teach for America, Suburban Endocrinology And Diabetes Center, Strategy Lending Services View All

Sample grad school destinations: Saint Louis University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

94% first-year retention rate

72% four-year graduation rate

85% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $34,280
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,770