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Every semester there are some one hundred courses offered with Latin American content at UNM.

LAS qualifying courses are drawn from more than 20 different departments and schools across campus, and  must contain at least 40 percent of content directly related to Latin America. To help students identify appropriate courses, each semester we compile a booklet of courses which students can consult before the registration period commences. Below are the most recent listings.

Course Spotlight

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Development and Sustainability in the Americas

PADM 590 | Prof. Agustín León-Moreta

Urban development and sustainability are major policy challenges across Latin America and North America. In this course, Professor León-Moreta looks at urban development and sustainability, and public policies that deal with both. Urban development, coupled with inadequate urban planning, is creating a variety of challenges, including the destruction of natural environment and agricultural land, limited water infrastructure, and pollution of rivers and coastal aquifers in many cities of the Americas. Urban sustainability has therefore become a central issue for research and policy. Americas’ populations, today, live mostly in cities rather than in rural areas. So the most intractable policy problems relate to urban issues of pollution, destruction of the natural environment around cities, and other consequences derived from increasing urbanization. Also, minority groups are particularly vulnerable to dislocation consequences of migration to urban areas.

This course qualifies for the Economics, Geography, Political Science, and Urbanism & Community Development concentrations in the MALAS program.

For-Credit Internships

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In addition to traditional courses, the LAS program offers graduate students the opportunity to develop courses around internships. LAS has worked with local non-profits to design internships that provide relevant practical skills for our students. To complement the professional experience, students work with faculty to design and complete a for-credit course in which they read relevant scholarly publications and produce papers that link their internship activities and readings.