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Latin American Studies

The University of New Mexico has been granting Latin American Studies (LAS) undergraduate and graduate degrees since 1941.

The LAS program is administered by the Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences, which confers LAS degrees. The LAS program draws on UNM's cross-campus excellence in research, scholarship and teaching on Latin America, and is dedicated to advancing knowledge in, and service to, the field.

The LAS program is an interdisciplinary program that grants B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. It offers an accelerated degree option in which Honors students can earn both their bachelor's in honors and master's in Latin American Studies in five years. In addition to the M.A. in Latin American Studies, the program has established dual degree options with five programs (Business Administration, Community & Regional Planning, Education, Law, and Public Health) in which students simultaneously earn the M.A. in LAS and a professional degree.

In addition to the interdisciplinary degrees offered by the Latin American Studies program, students at UNM may pursue disciplinary graduate degrees with a specialization on Latin America. Disciplines with substantial course offerings and faculty expertise in Latin America include Anthropology, Art History, Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology, as well as Spanish and Portuguese. Prospective students interested in a disciplinary degree with a Latin American specialization should contact the appropriate department.