Latin American, Latino/a
and Caribbean Studies at Miami University
Student Profile: Audrey Houseman
Audrey Houseman is a junior from Akron, OH, with majors in Latin American studies and sociology. She has minors in political science and business management. Her dream job is to be working in the political sphere to affect policy on Latino issues.
"Hi! My name is Audrey Houseman and I am a junior with majors in Latin American studies and sociology, and minors in political science and business management. Throughout high school, I was always interested in the people and cultures of Latin America, but this interest didn't translate into a major, until I arrived at Miami and saw all that the Latin American studies program had to offer.
Coming to Miami as an undecided student was extremely daunting. As a freshman, I remember scheduling with no real sense of purpose. I had no idea how to appropriately apply my passions to my college career, so I picked courses based solely on what interested me. Well, it worked out, as I ended up taking an LAS course my first semester, and fell in love with the discipline!
One of the areas in which the LAS program truly excels is faculty communication and interaction with students. My Intro to Latin American Studies professor was passionate about the topic he was teaching and his efforts to relate to his students have been mirrored by every LAS faculty member that I've had the pleasure to study under.
The major offers courses that are extremely broad in their subject matter; you can study Latin American history, politics, peoples ... even dance! Being involved in LAS has been extremely formative in my college career, and I would urge anyone thinking of declaring an LAS major or minor, or simply taking an LAS course, to do so!"
The Washington Center
"Last summer I had the opportunity to intern and study in the heart of Washington, DC. I spent 10 weeks interning with a boutique government-relations firm that lobbies for non-profit organizations, as well as studying the intersection between multicultural and nationality issues.
The program in which I participated, The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, allowed me to apply aspects of both my Latin American studies and sociology majors to my passion for politics. The result was a course of work and study that was interesting, applicable, and highly beneficial. It was, overall, a phenomenal experience.
My experiences studying in a large city such as DC have piqued my interest in studying abroad, which I hope to do next summer. After graduating, I would love to go into politics and to someday work on Capitol Hill, shaping and affecting our nation's policies of international relations with Latin American countries and domestic relations with Latinos in the U.S."