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2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog
University of Pittsburgh
2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Aug 15, 2022
2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Center for Latin American Studies

Contact Information

University of Pittsburgh
University Center for International Studies
Center for Latin American Studies
Luis G. Van Fossen Bravo, Undergraduate Advisor 
4202 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), established in 1964, is internationally recognized for excellence in undergraduate, graduate, and professional education. In 1979 the U.S. Department of Education designated CLAS as a comprehensive National Resource Center (NRC) on Latin America-a distinction it has retained continuously to the present.

CLAS’ programs cover the entire Latin American and Caribbean region. Two academic programs are especially noteworthy: The Latin American Archaeology Program, housed in the Department of Anthropology, involves research, training, and publications and emphasizes collaboration between North American and Latin American archaeologists. Fellowships and a bilingual publication series (funded by the Howard Heinz Endowment and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) further enhance this exceptional program. The Latin American Social and Public Policy Program draws on the impressive array of faculty and student expertise on Latin American policy issues available at the University of Pittsburgh. The program brings together researchers from different fields with the goal of contributing information of relevance to policy decisions facing Latin America. Social and Public Policy Fellowships are annually awarded to scholars interested in studying various dimensions of social policy at the University of Pittsburgh. The Latin American Social and Public Policy Graduate Certificate is available to students in this more specialized program.

Admission to the Center for Latin American Studies

Applications to the Center for Latin American Studies may be submitted either at the same time as applications to the University or after the student has been admitted. In either case, the center cannot accept students until they have received notification of admission to the University.

Latin American Library Collection

One of the major resources on Latin America available to students at the University of Pittsburgh is the Eduardo Lozano Latin American Library Collection. Its resources include exceptional collections on Bolivia and Cuba as well as extensive holdings on Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.

Financial Assistance

Latin American Studies offers a variety of financial assistance to students in its certificate programs. Please visit for further details.



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