Latin American Studies

A geographic and cultural exploration

Discover the fascinating history and culture of Latin America through a unique interdisciplinary framework.

Why study Latin American Studies?

Latin American Studies can be studied as a minor alongside any of the 25 majors offered within the Bachelor of Arts but combining it with a major like Spanish will give a valuable and truly unique understanding of Latina American culture.

Latin American Studies will stoke your passion and hone your analytical skills.

You will study the history, sociology, politics, literature and culture of Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. You will learn about the conquest of the Americas, post-colonial identity, the environment, the drugs trade, music and language, development and underdevelopment, modern labour and peasant movements, political economy and diplomacy.

La Trobe's own Institute of Latin American Studies is a thriving community of research attracting international scholars.

To view the variety of subjects available in this discipline see the Handbook.

Where can Latin American Studies take me?

A major in Latin American Studies is a foundation for a role with the diplomatic corps, international, government and United Nations agencies. Your studies in development will also leave you well placed for roles with other non-government organisations.

Some graduates find work in private consultancy, museum curation, academia, publishing, the media industry, arts administration. Others work as policy advisors, research assistants, information officers, librarians and archive officers.

The research, writing and analytical skills developed within the Bachelor of Arts are valuable within many professions.

Why La Trobe?

  • La Trobe is home to the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS), Australia's first and Victoria's only academic centre dedicated to fostering research and understanding of Latin American.
  • The Institute of Latin American Studies organises a number of events throughout the year including public lectures and cultural celebrations. This helps foster a sense of community amongst the students and staff.
  • La Trobe's established language department lets you immerse deeper into Latin American culture with the study of Spanish or Portuguese language.
  • Our extensive exchange partnerships mean you can apply to study overseas, giving your degree an international edge.

Further study options

If you're an undergraduate with a strong academic record and an appropriate major, Honours in Latin American Studies awaits. Your Honours year will give you the chance to combine coursework and research in a specialised area of study.

Complete the Honours program with high grades to qualify for entry into the Masters by Research program or direct entry into the PhD program.

Get to know our staff

View all the staff in School of Humanities and Social Science or focus on Latin American Studies.

You can study this as part of a Bachelor of Arts. View all majors

Key dates

Direct applications normally close in February for entry in Semester 1, and July for entry in Semester 2. For more details visit our apply direct page.

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're currently in Year 12 or you're applying for more than one course or institution. If you're only applying for one La Trobe course and not considering study at another institution, you can apply direct until applications close in December.

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