Latin American Studies

Latin American studies is an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes critical approaches to the culture, history, society, and political economy of the vast region spanning from Mexico to Argentina. As societies long defined by—and in opposition to—external powers, Latin America and the Caribbean have in modern times developed distinctive national and cultural identities celebrated on a world stage in art, music, and literature. The program studies the region in its enormous geographic, political, and social diversity, and in its linguistic variety. As distinct from the major in Spanish, most courses are taught in English. The requirements for the major and minor can be found on the Programs page.

The Lynk: Connecting Curriculum to Career
Obdulia Valle '15: I want to teach students about the Spanish language, cultures and people that encompass this language in Latin America and the US.
Image courtesy of Diying Wu ’11
Diying Wu ’11: My independent study project contributed to my M.A. thesis on China-Latin American Free Trade Agreements at the University of Chicago.
Amainaris "Amy" Sanchez '17
Amy Sanchez '17: Mentoring youth and working alongside parents and the community, I redefined what Latin American studies and Education meant to me.
Maria José Correa FP '16
Maria Correa FP '16: the best way for me to learn is by working with and learning from Spanish speaking students and educators in their own voices.
Aviva Elzufon
Aviva Elzufon '10: through my Spanish major I developed the ability for critical, concise, well-written work throughout my post-graduate career.