PLAS coordinates a major and a minor in Latin American studies. It aims to provide undergraduate students with a broad understanding of the complexity and richness of Latin American political, social, and cultural phenomena. As a result of completing the major or the minor, students will have gained a deep understanding of Latin American politics, economy, society, and culture, as well as of the intricate relationship between the region and the United States.
Students who graduate with a major or a minor in Latin American studies from Johns Hopkins will be able to:
- Demonstrate command of either Spanish or Portuguese in order to read documents, literature, or view media at an advanced level
- Write effectively and support their arguments with appropriate evidence
- Demonstrate an understanding of research methodologies drawn from both the humanities and social sciences appropriate to the field of Latin American studies
- Critically evaluate the position of Latin America in an increasingly globalized world
- Demonstrate an awareness of the variety of cultures in Latin America
- Demonstrate familiarity with the Latin American literary tradition and be able to analyze and interpret literary texts.