Latin American studies

Latin America is at the heart of issues of global importance.

Latin American studies

You’re intrigued by the complexity of Latin America.

You’re open-minded and are looking for a flexible degree which you can tailor according to your interests. You love to immerse yourself in your studies and you thrive off learning. You have a keen interest in travel and would benefit from spending a part of your degree studying in a Latin American country.

At Essex, you will gain a rich understanding of Latin America by observing it through the lenses across humanities and social sciences. You can also add a language to your degree, choosing from Spanish or Brazilian Portuguese.

Learn about our teaching and assessment plans, in light of the pandemic, for the 2020/21 academic year on the department pages.

Why study here?
  • We house the internationally important collection of Latin American art, ESCALA.
  • Spend a year studying in Latin America, developing your Spanish or Portuguese language skills.
  • You can build a course to suit your interests in Latin America by choosing from a range of modules.

We work on issues of global importance such as indigenous rights, transitional justice and environmental sustainability.

At Essex we have been committed to the study of Latin America since 1964 when our founding Vice-Chancellor, Sir Albert Sloman, declared the need ‘to dispel prevailing prejudice and ignorance of the region’. Many preconceptions still exist but our vibrant community of staff, students, alumni and artists challenge them on a daily basis.

Why study here?
  • Study our unique research and teaching collection of art from Latin America (ESCALA).
  • Be part of our thriving Latin American learning community of students, staff and alumni.
  • Gain access to our outstanding collection of 100,000 books on Latin America.
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Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed on each course page show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.