Latin American Studies

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With an area two-and-a-half times larger than the United States and a population nearly twice that of the U.S., Latin America is a region of growing significance. Hemispheric relationships are expanding in terms of trade, immigration and cultural expression.

The Latin American studies minor offers interdisciplinary frameworks for understanding the people, economies, religions, cultures and politics of one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse regions. It allows students pursuing any major to expand their understanding of the history, social dynamics and cultural diversity of the area. The Latin American studies minor benefits students interested in teaching, law, health care, business, communications, the arts, nonprofits, government and other fields. Students who plan to pursue graduate degrees related to the region or its languages will also find it useful.

To provide a deeper cultural understanding and to insure a minimum level of communication skills in the major language of the region, Spanish proficiency at the 202-level is required. Our minor encourages students to consider an approved study abroad experience in Latin America.