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Graduate Programs Brochure

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If you are looking for a vibrant academic community — one with a global perspective and a commitment to the public good — then look no further than Washington, DC, and GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

Study Abroad

Students in the Latin American & Hemispheric Studies M.A. have a variety of options to study abroad for a semester, summer, or for other short programs as an integral part of their degree.

LAHSP students can earn up to 10 credits towards their M.A. degree while studying for a semester at Elliott School International Exchange Partners in Buenos Aires and Ottawa (Canada) and in other locations around the world. For any of these destinations, students should plan to go abroad during their first spring semester or second fall semester in the program; study abroad during the final semester is not recommended.

Students in LAHSP can participate in GW Short-term Abroad programs. LAHS often offers students an opportunity to take a one-credit field study each spring break. Past destinations have included Costa Rica and Peru. While in Peru, students attended lectures by government officials, economists and political analysts, and representatives working in the private and non-profit sectors. Students visited the legendary Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, where they explored Peru's history and learned about the country's efforts to preserve its national heritage while developing its economy. New programs are announced by GW each December.

Finally, students may participate in other accredited study abroad programs, with the permission of the Program Director.

How can study abroad fit into your Plan of Study?

Below is an example for an LAHSP student with a major field in political science and history.

Fall, 10 credits Spring, 9 credits Fall, 11 credits Spring, 9 credits
– IAFF 6341 Latin America: Problems & Promise (cornerstone)

– ECON 6285 Latin American Econ. Development (core)

– HIST 6710 Research Seminar: Modern Latin America (core)

– IAFF 6502 Professional Skills Course: Cross-cultural Communication (elective)
Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires

– South America in Intl. Politics (major field)

– Intl. Economic Negotiations of Argentina and Mercosur (elective)

– Political Economy of Regionalization (major field)
– IAFF 6342 Drug Trafficking in the Americas (major field)

– IAFF 6358 Special Topics: Political Econ. of Latin America (elective)

– IAFF 6502 Advanced Writing for the Intl. Affairs Professional (elective)

– GEOG 6261 Latin American Geopolitical Trends (core)

– IAFF 6503 Professional Skills Course: Organization of American States (elective)
– IAFF 6359 LAHS Capstone

– IAFF 334 Indigenous Social Movements (major field)

– PSC 6349 International Security Politics (elective)

– IAFF 6502 Professional Skills Course: Political Analysis (elective)