LAS Background

The Latin American Studies Program is comprised of a thriving community of scholars, students, alumni, and local residents who work together to foster understanding of the diverse cultures and complex historical and contemporary relationships of Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Latinas and Latinos in the United States. Learn more »

The Latin American Studies curriculum integrates the perspectives of several academic departments at the College and aims to promote an interdisciplinary exploration of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latina/os in the United States. Students explore artistic, cultural and linguistic expression; contemporary and historical events; and economic, political, and social issues that affect the region through courses in Anthropology, Economics, Education, History, Music, Romance Languages, and Sociology. In recognition of the multiple approaches to learning and teaching about this diverse region, the programs supports concerts, theme dinners, film screenings, symposia, service-learning projects, debates and teach-ins organized by various student organizations, faculty, campus divisions, and neighborhood associations. Every semester speakers who are experts in a field related to the courses being offered or who are directly involved with social, political, academic or cultural activities in Latin America are invited to campus. Most Latin American Studies majors participate in an off-campus program in the region. Research grants for on-site research in Latin America are available on a competitive basis to students majoring in any discipline. Some of our best students pursue independent study courses and honor theses working one-on-one with our faculty to complete an in-depth investigation of a topic of mutual interest. « Close


LAS Students


LAS FacultyLatin American Studies students and faculty's wide research and innovative pedagogy span the diversity of the discipline.

Events and Community

LAS EventsLatin American Studies faculty and students engage with local, national, and international communities.

Learn more »


LAS AlumniMany of our alumni use their connection to Latin America in their life paths.