What will I study in this field?

You can combine study in History, Economics, Literature, Religion and Politics of the Portuguese-speaking world in a personalized program. Specific course requirements and flexibility vary between programs, but most require a thesis focusing on a contemporary issue, drawing on study in all these disciplines. All programs usually require a minor in a foreign language, and Portuguese is preferred for area studies focused on the Portuguese-speaking world.

What do area specialists do in the Army?

Most become Foreign Area Officers serving as attachés, security assistance officers, staff advisors on military affairs and operations, and liaison officers to foreign militaries. Some may have the opportunity to teach at USMA or service schools.

What kinds of Master's Degree predominate in the field?

MA in Latin American Studies, MA in History (area and language specific)

What kinds of professionals study in a typical Latin American program?

Many graduate students are studying toward a Ph.D. with the intent of teaching at the University level. Others may be studying for an MA in order to serve with a government agency like the State Department or an Intelligence agency.

Top Latin American, Iberian or Lusophone African Programs for Army Officers:

  • University of Arizona: Latin American Studies
  • Columbia University: Latin American Studies
  • University of Florida (Gainesville): Latin American Studies
  • University of Texas at Austin: Latin American Studies, Africa and African Diaspora Studies
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison: Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program
  • University of Miami
  • Standford University
  • University of Chicago
West Point faculty members have attended graduate school through the Army. As a result, they`re familiar with most American universities and would be happy to advise you on this discipline as you consider your options. Feel free to give them a call at: (845)938-0055 (Portuguese) or (845)938-3748 (Spanish). When you do so, make sure to identify yourself as a CSP-GRADSO holder.

Researching Potential Schools

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