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Latin American Area Studies Program

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Why study Latin American studies?

Knowledge of Latin American culture, environment, and society is crucial to U.S. hemispheric relations and world understanding.

The program offers a range of opportunities for students from most academic disciplines to study this region. KU has particular depth in Central America, Mexico, Haiti, the Andes, Paraguay, and Brazil and professors and courses concerned with much of the rest of Latin America. KU has an excellent library collection on Latin America and is one of the few U.S. universities teaching Haitian Creole, Kaqchikel Maya, and Andean Quichua.

The B.A. degree provides a broad academic background with a regional focus, usually in conjunction with a second major, and a mastery of Spanish and other languages. The program enables students to take courses in many departments and lays the foundation for graduate work. Students are encouraged to pursue graduation with honors in Latin American studies.

Prospective majors should begin language study in Spanish or Portuguese as early as possible. The intensive language program is recommended for those without high school preparation. Prospective majors are encouraged to choose courses with Latin American content (e.g., LAA 100, LAA 332, HIST 121) to meet principal course requirements.

All students must be advised by the program’s adviser as early as possible; call the Center of Latin American Studies at 785-864-4213 to make an appointment.

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