Latin American, Latino/a
and Caribbean Studies at Miami University
Opportunities to study abroad and to engage with Latin American communities in Ohio promote the active application of international knowledge to vital issues in today's changing world. The Culture and Environment in Brazil Summer Workshop [2011 PDF], for example, introduces students to several socio-cultural groups and the diverse environments in which they live along Brazil's northeastern coast. Students should meet with an LAS advisor to gain approval before study abroad, and return with syllabi and course materials to secure transfer credit.
Courses and Study Abroad Opportunities
The Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) provides information about upcoming activities involving the Latino community and the Miami University student body; members have opportunities to participate in volunteer and service activities in the Oxford area.
The Latin American Graduate Student Association (LAGSA) seek to build a greater sense of community amongst all graduate students of Latin American heritage from every program and department at Miami University.
Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to receive the LAS newsletter Corre la Voz, distributed by e-mail each Thursday.
The following advisors are happy to help you enroll in one of our degree programs, identify courses of interest, or plan study abroad and independent research. Advisors can help you petition LAS credit for new courses, one-time only courses, sections of variable content courses, and other learning opportunities that relate to Latin America.
- Juan Carlos Albarrán
- 213 Upham Hall
- Walt Vanderbush
- 317 Harrison Hall
See Program Associates René McKinstry or Cathie Isaacs in 120 MacMillan Hall for information and assistance, (513) 529-5333, including advising hours.
A student earns an LAS Honors designation on her/his graduation transcript by fulfilling the following 4 requirements:
- Complete all requirements to earn a Major in LAS.
- During senior year, complete a 4- to 6-credit hour independent research project and paper (e.g., Dean's Scholar, Undergraduate Summer Scholar projects) under the mentorship of an LAS faculty member; earn an A- or above for this research project registered under LAS 480 (departmental honors research course number).
- Present the research at the Miami University Undergraduate Research Forum, or a comparable outlet for research presentations.
- Graduate with a 3.5 or higher GPA in the LAS major.
If you can interested in finding out more about or in pursuing LAS Honors, please contact an LAS faculty member.
Alejandro A. Garrote Memorial Scholarship
Scholarships in memory of LAS student Alejandro Garrote are awarded annually, contingent on the availability of funds and on the student demonstrating financial need (a FAFSA for the current year must be on file), to LAS majors and minors desiring to study in Latin America. A call for applications [PDF] is announced during Spring semester. Contact an LAS Advisor for more information.