Latin America Studies

About the subject

Ever since 1492, when Christopher Columbus was discovered by the local population, Latin America has been a venue for people, languages and ideas. Modernity and tradition have blended, as have Christianity and local systems of beliefs. When attending courses in Latin American Studies you are approaching a continent that never ceases to fascinate us.

In waves, Europeans, Africans, Asians and North Americans have integrated and enriched the local population. While the region is still marked by vast inequalities and patriarchal and hierarchical structures, it has always been characterized by popular mobilization and a longing for liberty. Contemporary Latin America is a laboratory of progressive ideas and manifestations, in areas such as environment, culture and participatory democracy. 

As a student in Latin American Studies you are probably eager to understand this dynamic region from different perspectives. The subject collects its knowledge from both Social Sciences and Humanities. You will study Latin America, the Caribbean and the Hispanic United States, focusing on history, politics, economy and socio-cultural development. The relationship between past and present is at the center, as is the coexistence of tenacious traditions and dramatic changes. You will take part in discussions on the distinctiveness of Latin America in relation to the rest of the world. At the same time, you will learn about internal differences. How do Central American societies distinguish themselves from Andean ones? Have areas along the Atlantic coastline a different development than those facing the Pacific? Have civilizations been constructed differently in the Amazons, the great plains and the highlands? Several of the courses address ongoing developments, such as an increasing Chinese influence in the region, violence and insecurity, new trading patterns, the right-based struggle of social movements and migrations to, from, and within the region. If you enter the Bachelor Program in Latin American Studies you will also study a language (Spanish or Portuguese) and will enjoy the possibility to do internship in Latin America. You will also write a scientific thesis leading to a bachelor’s degree. If you wish to deepen your knowledge further, you may apply for the master’s program in Latin American Studies. Do not miss the opportunity to learn more about this exciting region. By approaching another culture you will learn to problematize your own.

Career opportunities

Knowledge about Latin America is increasingly attractive on the labor market due to the region’s growing impact in areas such as trade and business, international organizations, diplomacy, tourism and media. By combining Latin American Studies with Spanish or Portuguese you will be further qualified.

Courses and programmes


For a bachelor’s degree in Latin America Studies you can choose to study individual courses or join one of the bachelor’s programmes listed under Educations within the subject.

For a master’s degree in Latin America Studies you can choose to study individual courses or join one of the master’s programmes listed under Educations within the subject.

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