Latin American and Latino/a Studies

What is Latin American and Latino/a Studies?

Latin American and Latino/a Studies is an interdisciplinary program that combines courses from multiple academic departments to give students a broad background encompassing the historical, political, social, cultural, and geographic aspects as well as the language of the region, emphasizing social sciences, literature and the arts.

A degree in Latin American and Latino/a Studies affords students access to a wide range of career opportunities in the United States and abroad. The continuing importance of Latin America for the U.S. and the growing Latin population in the U.S. have produced an increasing need for trained persons with a knowledge of the region to work in government, teaching, business and other fields.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students completing this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Latin American history, geography, cultural traditions and innovations, political structures, and social issues..
  • Engage with the integrative, multidisciplinary nature of Latin American and Latino/a Studies and apply multiple perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Use effective written and oral communication skills that reflect knowledge of the Spanish language, critical thinking and a comparative approach to cross cultural understanding.