The University of New Mexico has been granting Latin American Studies undergraduate and graduate degrees since 1941.
The Latin American Studies (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. 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) housed in professional schools. Faculty and courses linked to the LAS program represent 15 departments and 7 schools/colleges from across campus.
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.
The LAII's Study Abroad office assists UNM students of all disciplines with study opportunities in Latin America and Iberia.