Americas Studies is the only program of its kind in Australia
Americas Studies provides a combined focus on both North America and Latin America, within international, cultural and global contexts. You will gain an understanding of the Americas based on historical, social and economic perspectives, taking into account ethnic, gendered and cultural identities, their
transformations and their interrelationships.
Americas Studies at UNSW
This unique program looks at all of the Americas, providing a broader understanding of the links this region has with other regions of world. Students undertaking Americas Studies will build their knowledge of the political, economic, social and cultural developments that have occurred, and are occurring, in the Western hemisphere. Unique features of the Western Hemisphere will also be discussed and awareness of cultural and other diversities will be encouraged.
Australia's links with the United States are well known, but government and businesses are also increasing their relationships with the Latin American region, particularly in areas related to trade, investment, and resource extraction. There are also parallels to be drawn between the experiences of the Western Hemisphere and of Australia as both constitute areas of recent settlement. Similarities include the form of economic development, immigration, and the displacement of indigenous populations.
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Americas Studies is a new program at UNSW. However, many students who have graduated in areas like History and Spanish and Latin American Studies have gone on to careers in the professions, business, politics, the public service (including foreign affairs), non-government organisations, and the media.
Students are encouraged to undertake study abroad in the Western Hemisphere for a richer cultural experience. UNSW manages a large and active exchange program with over 180 different student exchange opportunities in 32 countries.
Exchange partners in the Americas region include:
> University of California, Berkeley
> Georgetown University
> University of Pennsylvania
> Purdue University
> University of Virginia
> Pontifi cal Catholic University of Chile
> University of Guadalajara (Mexico)
> Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico)
A minor in Americas Studies is available in the Bachelor of Arts and other combined degree programs. The minor provides you with the opportunity to take six courses from the Americas Studies program.
Please contact your Student Centre for information on how to include this area of study as an elective or general education course within your program.
Program Coordinator: Dr Peter Ross
View your course options on the UNSW Handbook
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Media (Communication & Journalism)
- Bachelor of Media (Media Production)
- Bachelor of Media (Screen & Sound)
Courses available are listed at the UNSW Handbook.