Student Spotlight

Read what LAS students have had to say about life as a Miami student, the value of a liberal arts education, their study abroad experiences and internships, and more.

Lauren Voegtle

(Class of 2019)

photo of Lauren Voegtle"My two majors are preparing me to be a critical thinker who approaches problems through several different lenses. International Studies has especially accomplished this because as an interdisciplinary program in the liberal arts, I have had to take courses from different disciplines such as political science, anthropology, economics, and geography. I think that being academically well rounded and familiar with various fields of study will make me prepared for a wider range of career paths and more adaptable when I have to solve difficult problems."

Read what Lauren had to say about her study abroad experiences and extracurricular activities.

Fernanda Victoria-Bojalil

(Class of 2013)

photo of Fernanda Victoria-Bojalil"My Latin American concentration put me in touch with professors like Walt Vanderbush, Elena Albarrán, and José Amador de Jesús in the Latin American, Latino/a and Caribbean Studies (LAS) program ... At first I was worried that adding another major would make it difficult for me to graduate on time, but Professor Vanderbush convinced me that the LAS requirements often coincided with those for International Studies."

Read what Fernanda had to say about her LAS major and her internship in Lima, Peru.

Rafaela Coelho

(Class of 2014)

photo of Rafaela Coelho"There's definitely an advantage in liberal arts education in that you have more room to explore, which is necessary. I feel that if I had not been given the opportunity to have a double major under the College of Arts and Science, I probably wouldn't have picked up my second major in Latin American Studies, which includes some of my favorite courses at Miami."

Read what Rafaela had to say about her experiences in Miami's Mosaic Living Learning Community and in Cali, Colombia.

Erin O'Neal

(Class of 2015)

photo of Erin O'Neal"I couldn't ask for better professors in the LAS program. They've helped me to think critically about historical documents and events, and LAS classes have given me a better understanding on what has shaped Latin America into what it is today and how culturally and historically different each country in the region actually is."

Read what Erin had to say about "cowboys of Argentina" as well as her study abroad experiences in Luxembourg.