The Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS) promotes the study of the histories, cultures, societies, and political systems of Latin America and the Caribbean at the Johns Hopkins University. PLAS’s curricular offerings and extracurricular activities provide undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to explore the rich political, aesthetic, intellectual, and scientific traditions of Latin America. The program also regularly sponsors scholarship and teaching related to Latino Studies. Drawing on faculty expertise across the disciplines, PLAS aims to generate new perspectives on Latin America, the Caribbean, and the experience of Latinos in the United States.

PLAS coordinates an undergraduate minor in Latin American studies. The minor is designed to deepen student interest in, and understanding of, Latin America through course work and extracurricular programs. The program encourages and supports students wishing to undertake summer research in Latin America as well as those who seek to study abroad at Latin American universities.

PLAS contributes to the professional training of graduate students through an array of interdisciplinary seminars, colloquia, and symposia featuring eminent senior scholars. The program also supports an annual conference organized by the graduate student group. PLAS offers pre-dissertation winter and summer research grants as well as a graduate teaching fellowship. It also co-sponsors student-initiated exhibitions, conferences, and special events.