Latin American Studies at The University of New Mexico

The Latin American Studies program at The University of New Mexico is one of a kind.

Maybe that's because to us here in New Mexico, Latin America is not just another place on the map. It's part of our heritage and history. From the languages we speak to the foods we prepare, New Mexico is a place defined by its close proximity to Mexico and beyond. UNM's Latin American Studies (LAS) program brings those details into focus and reminds us that the very things that divide us are the things that connect us to each other.

In the midst of this cultural richness, our LAS program is one of the best in the country.

Our program started in the 1930s, and has only improved with time.

We work with over 100+ faculty across campus, each of whom demonstrates an exemplary commitment to Latin American scholarship, research, and teaching.

The university's library collections are extensive, with resources in Spanish, Portuguese, and Indigenous languages.

Meanwhile, our administrative staff ensure that each cohort of LAS students is welcomed and supported within UNM's broader interdisciplinary networks.

Our students are bright, driven, and passionate.

Our LAS students come with personal, professional, and academic ties to the region - ensuring a diversity of perspectives - and pursue careers in a wide range of fields from government service to nonprofits, and from education to business. They hail from across the US and Latin America; all are welcome.

We're committed to supporting our students in a variety of ways, including financially.

In the last year alone, we awarded over $650,00 in funding to students across campus.

68% of LAS students received substantive financial aid through resources like graduate assistantships (GA), teaching assistantships (TA), conference travel grants, and in-state tuition waivers. We supported LAS students and others across campus, too, with our Field Research Grants (FRGs).

And last but not least, the LAS program isn't an isolated academic exercise. It's closely embedded in the community.

In any given week, it's not unusual for our LAS community to be involved in museum exhibits, educational workshops for K-12 teachers, film festivals, music and dance performances, immigrant rights events, and visiting authors' presentations - to name a few.

In short, there are a lot of reasons to pursue an LAS degree at UNM, but we think our students and faculty explain it best of all:

Learn how you can become a part of our LAS community.

Application deadlines are nearly here. International students must apply by January 1st and domestic students by February 1st to be considered for a graduate assistantship.

Images: (1) Guatemala photo courtesy of Roberto Nickson (@g) on Unsplash; (2) New Mexico landscape (courtesy of NM Tourism Department); (3) New Mexico campus; (4) Recent LAS students; (5) Anthropology PhD student Shelby Magee conducting field research in Chile; (5) Dancers in Albuquerque's Old Town plaza.

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