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What can I do with major in Latin American Studies?

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The information below describes typical occupations and employers associated with this major. Understand that some of the options listed below may require additional training. Moreover, you are not limited to these options alone when choosing a possible career path.

Description of Latin American Studies

Interdisciplinary programs, such as Latin American Studies, exist to provide an appropriate structure within which to offer study opportunities that do not fit within the bounds of existing departments, to bring together faculty and students from several disciplines to study areas of interest that cross traditional departmental lines and require an interdisciplinary approach, and to inform the campus community at large of the nature and importance of these areas.  Latin American Studies combines subject matter from several academic disciplines to give students a broad background encompassing the historical, political, social, cultural, economic, and geographic aspects and language of the region, with an emphasis on the social sciences (Rhodes’ College Catalogue; CSU Website)

The continuing importance of Latin America for the U.S. and the growing Latin population in the U.S. have produced an increasing need for trained persons with a knowledge of the region to work in government, teaching, business, and other fields. The major in Latin American Studies offers an excellent background for graduate or professional school or for careers in the business or non-profit sector.   (CSU Website)

Possible Job Titles of Latin American Studies Graduates

(*Jobs secured as reported by Rhodes Career Services post-graduate survey)

Advertising Executive
Anthropologist
Applications Instructor*
Archivist
Attorney
Business Manager
CIA/FBI Agent
Civil Service Employee
Columnist
Community Affairs Specialist
Coordinator of Intl Programs
Counselor
Customs/Immigration Officer
Editor
Education Specialist
Environmental Specialist
ESL Teacher
Foreign Service Officer
Historian
Import/Export Specialist
International Media Planner
Intl Relations Specialist
Interpreter
Journalist
Librarian
Marketing Assistant
Merchandising Assistant
Missionary
Planner
Professor
Program Manager
Program Editor
Public Administrator
Public Relations Representative
Publisher
Real Estate Associate
Self-Employed
Social Worker
Special Events Coordinator
Teacher*
Technician
Tour Manager
Translator
Volunteer Coordinator
Webmaster
Writer

Possible Employers and Employment Settings for Latin American Studies Graduates

(*Jobs secured as reported by Rhodes Career Services post-graduate survey)
Advertising Agencies
Airlines
Agency for Intl Development
Amnesty International
Archives
Banks
Broadcasting Companies
Bureau of Intl Labor Affairs
Bureau of Export Admin.
Chambers of Commerce
CIA/FBI
Civil Rights Commission
Clinics
Colleges and Universities
Community Dev. Agencies
Consulting Services
Education Departments
Foreign Service
Government Agencies
Historic Sites
Hospitals
Hotels
Human Service Agencies
Immigration & Naturalization
Insurance Companies
Intl Exchange Programs
Law Firms
Libraries
Magazines & Newspapers
Museums
New Horizons Computer Center*
Non-profit Organizations
Peace Corps
Political Offices
Professional Associations
Public Interest Groups
Public Relation Firms
Publishing Companies
Radio and Television Stations
Real Estate Associations
Religious Organizations
Research Foundations
Retail Stores
School Systems*
Social Service Agencies
Teach for America*
Travel and Tour Agencies
United Nations

Skill Sets and Interests Associated with Latin American Studies Majors

  • Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking Skills
  • Appreciation/Understanding of the differences and similarities between the various peoples of our hemisphere
  • Ability to predict and evaluate future trends and patterns
  • Ability to analyze the interrelationships of events and ideas from several perspectives

Career Services Resources for Latin American Studies Majors

  • Liberal Arts Jobs by Burt Nadler
  • A Guide to Careers in Community Development by Paul C. Brophy
  • The Liberal Arts Advantage by Gregory Giangrande
  • Foreign Affairs: The Career of Choice by Veda Tudor Engel

Rhodes Campus Contacts Associated with Latin American Studies

Career Services
901-843-3800
rhodes.edu/careerservices  

Department of Modern Languages 
901-843-3733
rhodes.edu/modernlanguages 

Additional Resources/Contacts for Latin American Studies Majors

Latin American Studies Association               
CLASP
Society for Latin American Studies             
Latin American Studies Institutions
Latin American Network Information Center