Department Learning Goals

Both majors and non-majors will be able to:

  1. Develop communication skills in Spanish and/or French.

  2. Conduct research in Spanish and/or French.

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the history of Latin America, the Caribbean and the Latin American and Caribbean communities in the United States.

  4. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural, political and social issues in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Latino and Caribbean diasporas in the United States.

  5. Apply research methodologies from the humanities and the social sciences as well as multidisciplinary perspectives to understanding social, political and cultural processes in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Latino and Caribbean communities in the United States.


In addition, majors will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate depth as well as breadth by fulfilling a four-course thematic or geographic concentration.

  2. Undertake independent research, particularly on the topics pertinent to their concentration, and demonstrate capacity to formulate interpretations based on their research.

  3. Pursue either graduate study in Latin American Studies or in one of the disciplines represented in the program, or pursue professional training in fields in which knowledge of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Latino and Caribbean diasporas in the United States is relevant.