Latin America is currently home to approximately 10 percent of the world's population. A stunning mix of cultures ranging from indigenous and Afro-descendent to mixed European and Asian ancestry, Latin America is a vibrant place to explore urgent questions around issues of identity, migration, globalization, human rights, and much more.
Majors and minors in Latin American Studies will learn about the Americas (including U.S. Latino/as) by selecting from a broad range of courses. Your courses will represent a multitude of disciplines and methodological approaches. You will come to a deeper understanding of the region by studying its literature, art, politics, music, and history. Our focus is on learning about Latin America and U.S. Latinos from multiple perspectives (both U.S. and Latin American). This approach will give you an intimate, nuanced understanding of this rapidly changing region.
We encourage all our students to study abroad, or to have some sort of experience that immerses you in the culture of Latin Americans or U.S. Latinos. Independent research is another experience we think all our students should have. You can use your immersive experiences to craft independent research projects. Or, if you prefer, pursue a research topic on your own by using more traditional academic approaches.
A large portion of LAS courses satisfy various COLL requirements and are open to majors and non-majors alike.