Latin American and Hemispheric Studies M.A. Program

Paula Alonso, Director
Paula Alonso, Program Director
Preparing a Next Generation of Leaders, Advocates, and Activists

Latin America is a paradox. In this vibrant region, significant advances in human rights, substantial expansion of female and indigenous political representation, imaginative urban designs and creative solutions to ecological challenges coexist with high levels of poverty and inequality, corruption, fragile institutions and with violence, gangs and cartels. “We have not had a moment’s rest,” are the words by which Gabriel García Márquez reflected on Latin America and the Caribbean, a region that embraces more than twenty sovereign states and several territories and dependencies.

The aim of the Masters in Latin America and Hemispheric Studies is to enable students to develop a deep and broad understanding of the region, of its trials and contributions, and prepare them for careers in government, multi-national and non-governmental organizations, the private sector or for further academic post-graduate work. Grounded on the expertise of GW’s faculty and selected practitioners of the field, the program combines rigorous academics with a professional orientation.

LAHSP’s interdisciplinary program offers a flexible curriculum that comprises core courses and two specialized fields selected in consultation with the Program Director according to each student’s interests. Another distinctive feature of the program is the Capstone Project that allows students to apply the acquired knowledge and skills to a policy question. Jointly with the opportunities to study in Latin America through full semester or short-term courses, the Capstone Project provides a “hands on” experience in the region. The program also offers a series of opportunities through the Brazil Initiative and its unparalleled location makes it a center for Latin America related events, also providing easy access to key policy making institutions.

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