What Can I Do with a Major in Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies?

Open to all undergraduates, Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies (LAS) is an interdisciplinary program that introduces students to Latin America from mutually enriching perspectives in the humanities, fine arts, social and physical sciences. Courses examine and analyze Latin America's cultures, economies, social and political systems, literature, art, music, history, and geography across the hemisphere. Opportunities for study abroad and service learning with Latin American communities in Ohio promote the active application of international knowledge to issues vital to today's changing world.

Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies majors*:

  • develop an awareness of gender and race differences/problems
  • interact with diverse communities
  • innovate plans and designs
  • compare ideas and translations
  • organize and classify information

Graduate schools and employers consistently seek college graduates who can think critically and communicate effectively, and who understand today's society in a context where 15% of the U.S. population is Latino/Hispanic and a great deal of interaction occurs among U.S. and Latin American business, culture, music, resources, and other realms. A major in Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies prepares graduates for many different fields and careers as well as top graduate programs throughout the U.S. Recent graduates have pursued careers in business, journalism, diplomacy, foreign affairs, teaching, and academia.

Career options for Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies graduates include**:

  • Peace Corps volunteer
  • Teach For America teacher
  • employment in local or national government
  • employment in international businesses

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*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.