Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Why Latin American Studies?
Area Studies are fundamentally different from traditional disciplinary studies. While we require that students develop disciplinary skills, we also instill in them an awareness that the understanding of any broader problem—or region—requires a variety of disciplinary approaches. We look to broad-based, comprehensive approaches that combine disciplines in order to come to a more complete understanding of the region. Our affiliated faculty come from all departments and we encourage collaborative projects that contribute to a deeper understanding of the region, its people, its biodiversity, and its challenges in a globalized world. Our students become true experts who can speak to a wide range of issues confronting Latin America: experts who can contribute proactively to development and cooperation, as well as to business and political analysis in a way that their peers with a more traditional disciplinary focus cannot.
Why Latin America?
Latin America presents extraordinary opportunities as well as complex challenges. This is why is it one of the most dynamic regions in the world. There is a rapidly growing demand for experts on Latin America. In brief, the potential of Latin America has created an unprecedented demand for innovation, knowledge exchange, and entrepreneurship. Opportunities spanning trade, investment, technology transfer, health care, social innovation, and cross-cultural exchange, are already re-shaping not only the region itself but its new connections with the world.
Greater Miami provides an exciting laboratory for field work and experiential learning. Not only is half of the community Spanish-speaking, but Miami is also home to Brazilians, Haitians, Jamaicans, and former residents of every country in the Western Hemisphere. More than 1500 multinational corporations operate in Greater Miami, many of which are Latin American headquarters of U.S. and European companies. Miami is also known as "The Hollywood of Latin America" because of its vibrant Spanish-language media and music industries. With easy air travel, student projects have ranged from citizenship laws in the Dominican Republic to community water management in Mexico and micro-lending in Peru.
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