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Masters degrees in Central American History explore the growth of Central America from the Pre-Columbian era, through to the Spanish Colonial Era and its the region’s eventual independence.
Postgraduate specialisms include Latin American HistoryRelated subjects include USA History. Entry requirements normally include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as History, Anthropology or Archaeology.
Courses in the History of Central America investigate the history and formation of the five national states—Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.
Studies may include analysis of the states’ colonial heritage, demographics and racial groups. For example, you might examine the various creoles within Central America, such as Latin American heritage.
You may choose to focus on a specific period or activity of its history, such as the development the agriculture and export of coffee and bananas. Or you might examine political changes of the 20th century and the formation of the Central American Common Market (CACM) and its decline, or the establishment of the Central American Parliament.
Careers in this field are highly varied, and may include academic writing and publishing, roles in the heritage industries such as museums or national landmarks, or even positions in government.
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