Enrollment in the Latin American Studies major and minor has been suspended for the 2021-2022 academic year. For questions, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies Christy Thornton at christy.thornton@jhu.edu.

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.

Learning Goals

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.