Latin American Studies Program

UI student studying abroad in Mexico

UI student while studying abroad in Mexico


Joy Hayes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Director, Latin American Studies Program  135 BCSB; 319-353-2265

About the Latin American Studies Program

The Latin American Studies Program (LASP) at the University of Iowa is a unique interdisciplinary, international program of study for undergraduate students. Established in 1978, the program fosters cross-disciplinary teaching and research on Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, the United States, and elsewhere around the globe. Latin American studies faculty and students use a variety of disciplinary perspectives which include anthropology, art, history, political science, Spanish and Portuguese, and communication studies. The program also sponsors lectures, film series, exhibitions, conferences and round table discussions, works to expand research and teaching in Latin American studies, and brings Latin American studies scholars to campus in order to foster institutional linkages.

The Latin American Studies Program prepares students for graduate study or for Latin America-related careers in business, communications, government, bilingual/bicultural education, secondary teaching, community organizing, and international work.

Academic Programs

The Latin American Studies Program (LASP) provides a choice of educational options to supplement and enhance students' interests and study in almost any conventional discipline:


Additional information about the University of Iowa Latin American Studies Program can be found on the UI International Programs website.