Latin American Studies
Latin American Studies brings together knowledge from the humanities, the social sciences and environmental studies to build a foundation in the cultural, economic, political, historical, geographical, aesthetic and environmental contexts of Latin America. In addition to developing breadth in Latin American studies through coursework in multiple disciplines, the program also emphasizes depth in understanding through study abroad and a concentration in a focused problem, topic, area, discipline or method. Students develop significant language skills, cross-cultural understanding, an interdisciplinary approach and the ability to incorporate Latin American perspectives in their analysis of fields including art, development, environmental conservation, history, literature and politics.
Majors and minors in Latin American Studies prepare students to work with corporations, international organizations, nonprofit advocacy organizations, governments and law firms that deal with the region. The program also provides a deeper understanding of our neighbors.
Faculty in the program have expertise in areas such as conservation in Costa Rica, Latin American immigration to the US, software policy in Brazil, party politics in Mexico, Latin American literature, community forestry in Mexico and many other areas.