Latin American Studies

Discover how the history, art, languages and politics of Latin American countries have shaped life in the United States and around the globe.

A region like no other

We offer a vibrant interdisciplinary minor dedicated to exploring the history, politics, literature, cinema, societies and art of the 20 countries, 14 dependencies and 650 million people that constitute the subcontinent. Our programs includes courses in Spanish, history, art and political science. 

Latin America is home to both the largest river by volume of water (the Amazonas) and the world’s driest desert (Atacama, in Chile). Major ancient cultures emerged within the region, such as the Aztecs, Incas and Mayas. More recently it has been home to cultural icons, including Frida Kahlo, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Che Guevara, Eva Peron, Shakira and Lionel Messi.

Let your passions guide your studies

Our requirements are flexible to fit students’ interests in the region — we discuss race, gender, public health, food and activism. Our annual fall film series brings these topics to life through cinema, and we also encourage our students to study abroad to immerse themselves in Latin American culture.

  • <blockquote class="callout-quote"><div class="callout-quote-text"><p> “Learning about different realities and cultures allows you to cultivate the profound human relations you need to become a competitive professional and a better human being.”</p></div><footer class="callout-quote-footer">Jennifer Thorndike, Professor of Modern Languages, Literatures, & Cultures</footer></blockquote>
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