Latin American and Hemispheric Studies

The Elliott School’s bachelor’s degree in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies program begins with a foundation in political science, economics, history, and anthropology that prepares students to deal with issues that cross political and cultural boundaries. From this base, students explore a wide variety of subjects beginning with international politics and policy, moving through trade and economics, development and human rights, culture, and regional studies. All of our students take a language through the third year of college instruction, and most of our students pursue this study through a semester or a year abroad.

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

Elliott School courses span the world’s regions and issues. Our programs include bachelor’s degrees in international affairs, Middle East studies, Asian studies, Latin American and hemispheric studies and a wide range of secondary fields of study.

What can I expect to learn in the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies program at GW?

Our students receive an internationally focused liberal arts education. Upon this foundation, they can build their expertise in subjects including international politics and policy, trade and economics, development and human rights, culture and regional studies.


What is the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies community like at GW?

The Elliott School’s student body benefits from a faculty of leading scholars and senior international affairs practitioners. They also have access to Washington’s career opportunities, diverse study-abroad options and more than 250 events each year.

What can I do in the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies field?

Elliott School graduates go on to serve as senior policymakers and diplomats, international business executives and global nonprofit leaders.


  • Elliott School StudentsStudent standing in front of a Clinton Global Initiative banner

    Elliott School Students

    Students begin with a core curriculum in the humanities, social sciences, sciences and foreign languages. From there, they focus on an internationally oriented major.

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    Elliott School Community

    The Elliott School engages the policy community. Its faculty is made up of renowned scholars and former senior policymakers. The school is involved in more than 250 events each year.

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    Elliott School Alumni

    Some 70 percent of Elliott School undergraduates study abroad. They take advantage of more than 250 approved programs in over 50 countries.