Latin America is a paradox. This vibrant region is home to significant advances in human rights, a substantial expansion of female and indigenous political representation, imaginative urban designs and creative solutions to ecological challenges. It is also marked by high levels of poverty and inequality, corruption, fragile institutions, and violence, gangs, and drug and organized-crime cartels. “We have not had a moment’s rest,” is how Gabriel García Márquez summed up – Latin America and the Caribbean, a region that embraces more than 20 sovereign states and several territories and dependencies. The aim of the Masters in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies is to enable students to develop a deep and broad understanding of the region and its trials and contributions. Simultaneously, the program prepares them for careers in government, multinational and nongovernmental organizations, the private sector, or post-graduate academic work. Grounded by the expertise of GW’s faculty and selected practitioners in the field, the program combines rigorous academics with a professional orientation.
M.A. Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Curriculum
LAHSP’s interdisciplinary program offers a flexible curriculum that comprises core courses and two specialized fields selected in consultation with the Program Director according to each student’s interests. After enrolling, students may choose any two specialization fields below:
Art History, Literature, and Culture
Global Public Health
M.A. Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Application: Fall 2019
Academic coursework in Spanish, which will prepare students to complete the program’s language requirement*, must be shown at the time of application. This can be demonstrated by:
- Study that is equal to four semesters of university-level coursework or equivalent.
- Completion of formal language training as part of employment (ex. Peace Corps, JET, etc.) .
- Growing up in a household where the language is spoken.
Other foreign languages spoken in Latin America will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Meeting the Language Requirement: In the case that you cannot show language proficiency via coursework, applicants may indicate native proficiency or by having a professor or tutor indicate in writing how many semesters of coursework your training is equivalent to. Alternately, you may also consider submitting a letter from your employer, providing information and confirming completion of formal language training programs that you’ve participated in. Please note that in some cases, admissions may require additional supporting documentation not listed above.
*Students need to have a strong foundation in a foreign language at the time of application and before enrolling, to be successful in completing the language requirement during the program.
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