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New Latin American Development Studies Minor Announced

Trinity Washington University College of Arts & Sciences

Exploring historical and contemporary issues to prepare the next generation of leaders in Latin American development, sustainability, and social equity

The College of Arts & Sciences at Trinity Washington University is expanding its cutting-edge program offerings with the launch of a brand new minor in Latin American Development Studies (LADS).

“The minor distinguishes itself by placing a strong emphasis on economic and social justice as development practices in Latin America,” says Dr. Mercedez Callenes, Assistant Professor of Global Affairs, and Director of the brand new Latin American Development Studies Minor.

“This includes studying environmental issues, social equity, and poverty reduction policies.”

LADS is an academic program that focuses on the economic, social, cultural, and political aspects of development in Latin America. This interdisciplinary field of study explores the historical and contemporary issues facing the region and the various strategies and policies employed to promote development, sustainability, and social equity.

This minor can be a valuable addition to various majors, such as Communication, Global Affairs, Human Relations, Journalism & Media Studies, Psychology, or Sociology, as it provides a well-rounded understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the region. It joins the College of Arts & Sciences’ other vanguard minors like Africana Studies, Economics, Environmental Justice, and Language & Cultural Studies, in preparing the next generation of women world leaders for advancement and success. LADS equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to engage in development work, policymaking, advocacy, and research for developing nations. This interdisciplinary approach is valuable for addressing the complex issues surrounding inclusive governance, social justice, and sustainability in Latin America.

Trinity’s commitment to social justice and human potential at home and abroad has been the cornerstone of the institution since its founding, five quarters of a century ago. Trinity has been partnered with for many years to provide access to the highest quality of education for exceptional students who are undocumented. And, as a Department of Education designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Minority Serving Institution (MSI), the issues facing communities in Latin America — presently and on the horizon — are close to the hearts of the student body of Trinity. Now, our students can turn their passion into a productive lifetime career of doing good.

The Latin American Studies concentration is also available in the Global Affairs major program offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Students in the LADS minor will well prepared for some of the following careers:

  • International Relations
  • Development Consultancy
  • Human Rights Advocacy
  • Social Science Research
  • Environmental Policy Analysis
  • NGOs Program Coordination
  • Community Organizations
  • Students with a minor in LADS can use their knowledge in Latin America to apply to graduate school.

Learn more about the Latin American Development Studies minor and more of Trinity’s leading edge programs!

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