Signature Experience for Latin American Studies Major
With a major in Latin American Studies, students are required to earn 3 academic credits by completing a signature experience. Students can fulfill this requirement through studying abroad, interning in a related field, earning credit for a research project, or completing a community-engaged learning (CEL) course.
For any questions about opportunities or to talk through the process of deciding on a signature experience, make an appointment with an academic advisor.
Learning Abroad offers a variety of programs for fall, fall break, spring, and summer programs. Students can select from faculty-led programs, university exchanges, or affiliated programs. Academic credit and funding are available for fall, spring, and summer semesters, with programs available across Latin America. If you plan on applying for a summer language intensive program (except for Spanish), consider applying for a FLAS Scholarship!
The Hinckley Institute offers internships locally, nationally, and globally, and funding is available for fall, spring, and summer semesters. Locally, there are opportunities with the Peruvian Consulate, Mexican Consulate, Artes de Mexico, and much more. Across the globe, the Hinckley Institute sends students to various nonprofits, businesses, governments, think tanks, and NGOs. In Washington, D.C., opportunities include interning with Voto Latino, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Ibarra Strategy Group.
Conducting research is an excellent way to work closely with a faculty mentor, enhance your understanding of a topic, and clarify your academic and career goals. And there are numerous opportunities available.
Community Engaged Learning
Whether you have a few minutes in between classes, an occasional hour on a Saturday morning, or time to engage every week, there are plenty of ways for you to get involved. Community Engaged Learning (CEL) courses can be a great way of using your language skills in the Salt Lake community. A frequented CEL course is CLCS 3960: Cultures in Contact.