A photo of the U statue at the University of Miami Coral Gables campus. A photo of the U statue at the University of Miami Coral Gables campus.

Greetings!

My name is Dr. Will Pestle, and on behalf of the faculty and staff of the University of Miami's
Latin American Studies Program, I would like to welcome you and thank you for your interest in
our program’s offerings. Whether you are a high school student exploring college and degree
options, a current UM undergrad who desires to know more about Latin America and the
Caribbean, or a prospective graduate student who taking the next step in building their regional
expertise, we hope that Latin American Studies (LAS) at UM can be the right next choice for
you.

The LAS Program includes several educational tracks at both the undergraduate and graduate
level, which together give students unparalleled exposure and expertise in the history, cultures,
languages, economics, politics, and societies of Latin America and the Caribbean. Indeed, over
two hundred members of the University of Miami’s faculty schools work in Latin America and
the Caribbean in every imaginable field of inquiry, from the Fine Arts to Marine Science. In the
LAS Program, you can choose to study and research with some (or all!) of these faculty
members, crossing disciplinary boundaries to build a stronger multi-dimensional understanding
of the region.

Beyond the classroom, Miami is unique in the United States, and indeed in the Americas as a
whole, for its Latino-Americanidad. Often described as the capital of Latin America and the
Caribbean, our city exists at the heart of the Americas, and is host to business headquarters, non-
governmental organizations, and media corporations that specialize in Latin America and the
Caribbean. The University of Miami serves as the academic heart of this great cultural,
economic, and social crossroads, and through the LAS Program, you can partner, intern, and
work with many of these organizations as you progress towards your degree goals.

In this era of growing regional and global connectedness, I can think of few places better than
Miami to prepare yourself for an enjoyable, fulfilling, and profitable future working in, or related
to, Latin America and the Caribbean. We hope that you will explore our Program’s website to
discover more about us, and should you have any questions, you can always reach out to us at
las@miami.edu.

Thanks again, and we looking forward to seeing you at UM!

William J. Pestle
Director, Latin American Studies Program