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.

We're designated a "National Resource Center" (NRC) by the US Department of Education. This premier recognition is given to less than 20 institutions across the country which have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to Latin American scholarship, research, and teaching. At UNM, that translates to outstanding faculty across campus, extensive library collections, and a deep connection to the broader community.

Our students are bright, driven, and passionate.

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 them in a variety of ways, including financially.

In 2016-17 alone, we awarded over $675,500 in funding to students across campus.

In that same year, 67% of our LAS students received substantive financial aid through resources like graduate assistantships (GA), teaching assistantships (TA), Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships, and in-state tuition waivers. We also provided funding for research through 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.

Images: (1) New Mexico campus; (2) New Mexico landscape (reprinted courtesy of NM Tourism Department); (3) New Mexico campus; (4) Recent LAS students; (5) Anthropology PhD student Shelby Magee conducting field research in Chile (reprinted with permission); (5) Dancers in Albuquerque's Old Town plaza.

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