Latin American Studies

Adéntrate en la experiencia latinoamericana

Gain a holistic understanding of a region that is economically, politically and culturally vital to the United States. This program builds upon the college’s substantial presence in the region and offers an integrated approach to the study of Latin America’s human and ecological diversity. The program provides a broader perspective than would be possible by taking classes within a single department.

Featured Courses

Here is a sampling of a few courses that might pique your interest.

SOAN 3410 Archaeological Field School
This course instructs students in archaeological field methods. It is taught at locations off campus and generally 3-5 weeks. Participate in the scientific investigation of an archaeological site through application of various survey and excavation techniques.
ECON 3040 International Economics
ECON 3040 extends and applies economic theory to international issues with an examination of world money markets, exchange rates, adjustment mechanisms and issues.

Degree Options

Discover your degrees, minors, concentrations and certification options available for this field of study.

Minor in Latin American Studies

Access to world-class activities & infrastructure

Access to world-class interdisciplinary activities and infrastructure in Mexico and Peru. Consortium study in Argentina, Chile and Brazil.

Top-ranked study-abroad program

Millsaps College is ranked as one of the top-10 best study-abroad programs in the country!

Millsaps owns a 4,500-acre biocultural reserve

The Yucatán Reserve consists of an off-the-grid research/learning Center, laboratory & research facility.

Our distinctive strengths

Students who major in Latin American studies enjoy careers in business and government and with nonprofits, immigrant rights associations, and fair-trade organizations due to their intimate knowledge of that specific part of the world. Careers in medicine and law also benefit from understanding the cultural heritage of the U.S. population that is Latino.
  • Access to world-class interdisciplinary activities and infrastructure in Mexico and Peru; consortium study in Argentina, Chile and Brazil
  • Entry to local Latin American community
  • Access to language study and cultural study throughout the Hispanic world

Gain hands-on experience

Latin American studies students have opportunities for hands-on learning. A few of those internships include Catholic Charities, Mississippi Department of Public Health as well as public- and private-sector language interface and translation services.


Our curriculum emphasizes problem solving and critical thinking skills essential to any career (and therefore any Pathway), as well as scientific writing and experimentation skills that may be especially critical to students interested in any of our six Pathways tracks.

Study Abroad

Millsaps College is ranked as one of the best study-abroad programs in the country! The Latin American studies program draws upon developed resources in Yucatán and Peru, as well as those coordinated through the International Education Office at Millsaps. Check out all the opportunities.

More About the Degree

Recent Career Placements

  • Northeastern University Study Abroad
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Meta (user experience and design)
  • (community for creators and brands)

Postgraduate Study

  • University of Texas, Austin (Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies)
  • University of Granada (Spain)
  • Tulane University
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Manchester (UK)

Careers of Recent Graduates

  • Health-related professions (medical, dental school, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy, nursing, public health)
  • Teaching (high school, college, university)
  • Immigration, human rights and civil rights law
  • Nonprofit management
  • Community outreach, services and organizing
  • Government
  • Business and corporate sectors
  • Communications, art, graphic design and IT in need of cross-cultural and transnational skills

Related Areas of Study

  • Anthropology
  • Business Administration
  • History
  • Literature
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Environmental Studies
  • Self-Designed Major

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