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Latin American Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #55 (ARWU) Nashville, TN, United States
Founded in 1947 as an  Institute for Brazilian Studies, Vanderbilt’s Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) is one of the oldest and strongest interdisciplinary centers for the study of Latin America in the country. In 2006, the U.S. Department of Education designated CLAS a National Resource Center on Latin America.
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Overview

The Center is dedicated to advancing scholarly and applied knowledge about Latin America.  It offers an interdisciplinary major and minor in Latin American Studies as well as a Masters of Arts and a Certificate in Latin American Studies. The Center also offers a Minor in Brazilian Studies. CLAS offers students who major in LAS the opportunity to earn a M.A. degree with one additional year of coursework plus the writing of a thesis through the 4+1 program.

Center faculty are nationally and internationally recognized scholars who bring their latest research into the classroom. LAS students can learn about subjects as diverse as newly rediscovered Mayan cities, mortuary cannibalism in the Amazon, literature and the arts in Latin America, the unique features of tropical capitalism, development and democratization, or African slave rebellions in Latin America.  Some examples of recently offered courses are: Introduction to Latin America, Brazilian Civilization, Ancient Mesoamerican Civilization, Latin American Economic Development, and Politics of Mexico.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included

  • Newly rediscovered Mayan cities
  • Mortuary cannibalism in the Amazon
  • Literature and the arts in Latin America
  • The unique features of tropical capitalism

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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    100

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General Requirements

You may apply using either the Common Application or the Universal College Application. Select one application method and submit all materials through that method; do not submit both. All parts of the application should be submitted by the published deadlines.

  • All required parts of either the Common Application or the Universal College Application.
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, or fee waiver for qualified students
  • Official high school transcript
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic teacher recommendations
  • Standardized Test Results: SAT or ACT with Writing
  • Official results of the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic if applicable
  • A completed College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, if applicable

Tuition Fee

  • International

    48600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48600 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    48600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48600 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Nashville

  • 1183 - 2200 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

We make three important commitments to U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens to ensure that students from many different economic circumstances can enroll at Vanderbilt:

  • First:  Since talent and promise recognize no social, cultural, economic, or geographic boundaries, our admissions process is need-blind for U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens. 
  • Second: Vanderbilt will meet 100% of a family’s demonstrated financial need. 
  • Third:  Financial aid awards do not include loans. Instead of offering need-based loans to undergraduate students, Vanderbilt offers additional grant assistance. This does not involve income bands or "cut-offs" that impact or limit eligibility.

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