Engaged Latin American Studies takes what you’re learning in your courses and puts it into practice through internships, research, study away, winter term, career exploration, and beyond.
Here’s a sampling of recent projects, field experiences, and post-graduate destinations for Latin American studies majors.
Ways Latin American Studies Majors Rise
- Why Study Violence? Trauma and Recovery After the Pinochet Dictatorship
- Feminist Congresses During the Mexican Revolution
- Translating Charlie Chaplin: Cuban Poet Fina García Marruz Goes to the Movies
- The Deportables: Mexican Labor in the United States, 1940-2018
- Art as a Survival Strategy During Cuba’s “Special Period”
- Urban Provincianos: La Música Chicha and Cultural Identity in 1970s and 1980s Lima, Perú
- The International Foundation for the Global Economic Challenge (FIDEG), Nicaragua
- Legal Advocates for Children and Youth, San Diego
- Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa, Portugal
- Facing History and Ourselves, Boston
- Border Studies Program: based in Tucson, Arizona, with excursions to Mexico
- Social Change in Central America: Exploring Peace, Justice, and Community Engagement
- Liberal Arts Studies in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Santiago, Chile, or University of Havana, Cuba
- Oberlin students graduating with a major in Latin American studies have chosen a wide range of career paths including teaching, bilingual education, social work, government or international organizations, business, journalism, and specialized nonprofit organizations.
- On-campus experiential work includes recording oral histories of Puerto Rican immigrants in Lorain, Ohio, and volunteer work with immigrants studying for their U.S. Citizenship exams, also in Lorain.
- Winter term options include regularly offered group projects in Mexico (Spanish language learning), Guatemala (working with returned refugee communities), and Nicaragua (with Oberlin’s Student Cooperative Association).
- Students with Spanish proficiency may teach Spanish in Oberlin’s public schools through the SITES (Spanish in the Elemetary Schools) program.
- Students may live in La Casa Hispanica, the Spanish language and culture house.
First Destinations of Recent Latin American Studies Majors
- Graduate Schools:
- MA in Asian American studies, UCLA
- JD at Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco
- MA in social work, University of Massachusetts
- PhD in history, Yale University
- Fulbright (ETA) in Mexico
- Research assistant at Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City
- History teacher in New Orleans
- Immigration paralegal in Oakland, Calif.
- Health educator in Chicago
- Managing editor for the NACLA Report in New York City
- New media editor for Major League Soccer
- Politics reporter for ThinkProgress
- Admissions counselor at University of Wisconsin-Madison