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Why study LAS?
Develop an in-depth understanding of the remarkable diversity in Latin American and the Caribbean.
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Study Abroad
Explore an archeological site in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico or spend a semester abroad through ULatin America. 
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Graduate Programs
Prepare yourself for a global career through our innovative graduate programs.

Latin American Studies

An interdisciplinary approach to the study of the politics, economics, cultures, and societies of Latin America and the Caribbean. Courses in the program are offered in departments from every school and college at the University of Miami. Our students become true experts who can speak to a wide range of issues confronting Latin America. Our students are prepared to proactively contribute to development and cooperation, as well as to business and political analysis.
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Niko Ferreyra, FILAS candidate and Foote Fellow

As an undergraduate wanting to get a head start on my graduate-level work in Latin American and Caribbean Studies which I am passionate about, FILAS has been the perfect choice for me; I am also able to participate in mentorships and internships, access excellent study abroad opportunities, and explore the wide-ranging offerings of the University of Miami’s top-notch undergraduate course offerings.
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Jae Lynn Huckaba, J.D./M.A. Latin American Studies, 2022

My research as a JD/MA focuses on how U.S. immigration policy should respond to events/trends in Latin America and the Caribbean. I am particularly interested in how sports media and Major League Baseball can shape future immigration policy due to the organization’s high dependency on Latin American and Caribbean players. I chose the JD/MA because I knew I wanted to work on cross-border legal issues.
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A comprehensive understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean; its history, cultures, languages, economics, politics, and societies.
The Fellowship in Latin American Studies (FILAS) is a rigorous program for students who wish to complete a dual degree (B.A./M.A.) in Latin American and Caribbean studies in five years.

The Master of Arts in Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary degree characterized by a high degree of flexibility in allowing students to create a course of study focused on Latin American and the Caribbean.

The University of Miami offers three joint Master of Arts program as alternatives to the standard M.A. degree in Latin American Studies.

CURRENT NEWS in Latin American Studies

Graduate students on a trip to Panama gather at the start of the Camino Real, a trail that stretches from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts and was once used by Spanish traders to transport gold and silver from Peru. Photo: Daniel Suman/University of Miami.

Panama trip offers new perspectives

Graduate students in a field course got the chance to visit Panama during spring break and speak firsthand with residents about the future.

A sign says "Bolivia wants judicial elections" during a protest in La Paz, Bolivia, in January. Photo: The Associated Press

Bolivia: Two candidates, one party

The Movement Toward Socialism ruling party is now divided by competing candidates who want to lead the South American country in 2025.

El Salvador President Nayib Bukele, left, and his wife, Gabriela Rodriguez, wave to supporters from the balcony of the presidential palace in San Salvador, El Salvador, after polls closed for general elections on Feb. 4. Photo: The Associated Press

El Salvador’s president pledges continued fight against gang violence

Despite the promise, civic and human rights activists question President Nayib Bukele’s strong-arm tactics that some liken to a dictator.

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Millions of Venezuelans have fled their country

A University of Miami expert explains the reasons for the mass exodus during the past decade.

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