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Latin American Studies

About Us

Opportunity, reputation, location, resources help to enhance Latin American Studies at UCLA.


Students in the Latin American Studies Interdepartmental Program have the opportunity to focus their undergraduate and graduate education on this important region of the world

  • Work with faculty to design a degree program to meet individual goals.
  • Take courses in the professional schools, humanities and social sciences, natural sciences, and the fine arts
  • Acquire the linguistic, methodological, and area expertise to succeed in public and private sector careers in business, government, education, the professions, and the arts

International Reputation

A distinguished faculty and extensive research resources make UCLA a national and international center for the study of Latin America

  • Latin Americanist faculty in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and professions
  • Major library, art, film, music, and museum collections focused on the region
  • Innovation and excellence have been a hallmark of UCLA's Latin American Studies program since its inception

Geographic Location

UCLA's location in Southern California enhances the development and impact of the Latin American Studies degree programs. Los Angeles has one of the country's largest Hispanic populations

  • Numerous public and private educational, business, and cultural institutions have a long-standing interest in Latin America
  • Linguistic, historical, economic, and demographic influences interact in Los Angeles to forge a truly multicultural society

Activities and Resources

UCLA offers one of the most extensive and diverse Latin American and Iberian academic programs in the country

  • Participate in the array of programs and activities that focus on Latin America at UCLA
  • Make use of the extensive research resources available to you
  • Explore our Web site and related links to learn more about UCLA's Latin America Studies Interdepartmental Degree Program

During their time spent completing this program, students will also have the opportunity to present their work at the Annual International Institute Graduate Student Conference. With a transnational and interdisciplinary focus, Latin American Studies M.A. students are provided a unique experience and a specially tailored forum in which to engage experts on their research.

Graduate Students

BA '03, MA '19

MA '19

My research interests are in political and cultural responses to environmental conflicts; the Spanish and Quechua languages; anthropology and political science. At UCLA I hope to gain experience as a...

MA '19

I am interested in studying Mexican and Mexican American history. I am going to pursue a Masters in Library and Information Science in addition to the MA in Latin American...

MA '18

My undergraduate school was UCLA and my major was PSGA (Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts). I have a masters from UCLA in Applied Linguistics/TESL. I'm a hometown boy from Santa...

BA '16, MA '19

Katie's research interests include racial differences within Latin America and multiple different cultural aspects of the region. She will be studying the Theater of the Oppressed in Rio de Janeiro...

MA '18

As an undergraduate at UCLA I majored in History with a minor in Chicano/ Chicana Studies and was involved with student groups such as M.E.Ch.A de UCLA and Amigos de...

MA '18

At UCLA, I hope to sharpen my analysis of educational inequity by developing a transnational perspective on education and social policy, with a particular focus on the experience of migrant...

MA '18

I studied history at UCLA as an undergraduate and am now working toward an MLIS and an MA in Latin American Studies. My research interests include the preservation of Latin...

MA '19

My research interests include human rights, political organizing, revolutions and its variables, and the formations of new societies as a result of organized uprisings. At UCLA, I hope to delve...

BA '18, MA '18

MA '18

I was born and raised in Sacramento, California and did my undergraduate work at CSU Sacramento. I got my BA in history with a minor in Spanish and spent my...

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