The focus of this degree program is deliberately broad and flexible. It gives the candidate an opportunity to determine how to make use of their growing expertise on Latin America. Recent graduates have chosen several different career paths:
- Private profit-making sector (such as a risk analyst in a major Chicago bank)
- Private non-profit sector (such as a publications director at a major research center)
- Public sector (such as a staff member at the Inter-American Foundation)
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Many graduates have entered Ph.D. programs at Wisconsin or elsewhere. Students interested in Ph.D. programs at Wisconsin should contact those departments directly for information on prerequisites.
The Director, Associate Director and faculty try to help students in making career plans. Students are encouraged to consult closely with the UW Career Advising and Planning Service, which arranges campus interviews with representatives of a large number of prospective employers from both the private and public sectors. The LACIS offices also keep on hand a bibliography of information on careers and internships in area studies.