The largest of the two programs under Western Hemisphere Studies (WHS), the Latin American Studies Program (LASP) attracts between 60 and 80 students each year and enjoys a sizable presence in the SAIS Bologna Center. The Latin American Studies Program includes coursework in international economics/finance, U.S. foreign policy and international relations.
“The major challenges for the Latin American region are two: the consolidation of democratic governance, including representation and inclusion of indigenous peoples, and achieving greater competitiveness through targeted investment in education and public health to create the human capital required for a global economy.”Riordan Roett, --Latin American Studies
SAIS graduates are in great demand by employers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Economics knowledge, analytical abilities, regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems give our students a distinct professional advantage.
Approximately one-half of every incoming LASP class spends the first year of the M.A. program in the Bologna campus.
Internships and Research Fellowships
LASP offers a summer internship and fellowship program that provides placement and funding opportunities to allow students to work or carry out research in the region during the summer.
Western Hemisphere Studies Weekly Samuel Z. Stone Seminar Series
The weekly seminar series is an integral part of the program. Exploring a wide variety of timely topics, academics, diplomats, business professionals and regional specialists, give informal lectures.
International Study Trips
Students have the opportunity to take part in international study trips, contingent on available funding.
These student-led social events are intended to provide an opportunity to practice conversational language skills and informally discuss relevant topics of interest with native Spanish- and/or Portuguese-speakers.
Wine and Cheese Receptions
Each semester, WHS Director Riordan Roett welcomes program concentrators, staff and faculty to his residence for a social gathering.
Latin American Film Series
Interested students and WHS staff collaborate to organize a series of Latin American films to provide additional insight on cultural and historical issues in the region.
Latin American Studies graduates have established an active alumni network and maintain a close relationship with the program. To join, send contact information to email@example.com.