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The Center for Latin American Studies at San Diego State University has been providing educational opportunities since 1942, and is renowned for program offerings in the indigenous languages of Mexico. We offer a multidisciplinary undergraduate major and minor in Latin American Studies and a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies at the graduate level. We are also proud to offer three concurrent graduate degree programs in professional studies: Master of Arts in Latin American Studies plus a Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Public Health (MPH), or Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Through active participation in Latin American communities, partnerships with different educational institutions, and multiple transnational collaborations, the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) seeks to provide students a unique opportunity to explore Latin America. CLAS supports research, community outreach, conferences, internships, study abroad, and other activities dedicated to teaching students, working professionals, and community members about Latin American economies, aesthetics, ecology, society, culture, and languages.
Message from the Director
Welcome to a new academic year that promises to be full of new and exciting opportunities that will advance our knowledge on, and presence in, Latin America. This last year we saw many of our projects come to fruition and many others move forward in preparation for the upcoming year. With over two dozen community events that included film screenings, guest lectures, visiting scholars, happy hours, and outreach programming, coupled with our prolific LAS faculty and students, it would take a lot more time and space than I have here to effectively review all of our successes. Briefly, I want to highlight some of the great work of our faculty and students and give you insight into what we have planned for 2016!
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News and Events
The Center for Latin American Studies needs your support! Help us give SDSU students the opportunity to enjoy an international cultural immersion experience just 20 minutes away from campus.
As part of our campaign to "Demystify Tijuana," we hope to bring students across the US/Mexico border for a transformative experience they may not otherwise have.
Check out our STRIVE campaign and, if you feel so inclined, make a donation that will help enrich the experience of an SDSU student!
- Statement from Hispanic Intellectuals, Scientists and Scholars against Donald Trump’s Xenophobia
Former University of Pittsburg CLAS Director Dr. Carmelo Mesa Lago and 65 prominent Latino academics, scientists, artists, writers and filmmakers from the U.S., Latin America, and Spain released a statement criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s xenophobia.
SDSU’s Center for Latin American Studies fully supports and stands behind the statement made my Dr. Carmelo Mesa Lago. The statement is published here in English and Spanish.
- Graduate Student Spotlight: Sarah Friedman
Sarah Friedman is beginning her second year in the concurrent MA in Latin American Studies/Master of Public Health Program. Learn more about her by reading our new feature: Student Spotlight.
- Congratulations to MA in Latin American Studies student and CLAS Internship Coordinator Grecia Pérez on her acceptance into the Sally Casanova Scholars Program.
This prestigious Pre-Doctoral scholarship is awarded in tribute to Dr. Sally Casanova, who founded the Pre-Doctoral Scholar Program in 1989 both to ensure that traditionally underrepresented students have more access to doctoral-level degrees and to broaden the pool of talented faculty inclined to teach at the CSU. We are so proud of Grecia. ¡Felicidades!