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About Latin American Studies

The Latin American Studies Program promotes an understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean as well as Latino/Hispanic populations of the United States. The program includes a strong emphasis on community education and involvement that is demonstrated through newspaper and television communications as well as timely public events. LAS offers a B.A. in Latin American Studies and an interdisciplinary Minor in Latin American Area Studies.

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Mission

The LAS mission is to provide undergraduate students with the necessary tools and relevant knowledge to understand and work with Hispanic populations both in the U.S. and in Latin America. Students gain a broad and thorough understanding of the Americas in terms of their historical, cultural, social, economic, and political dimensions. The goal of the LAS program is to prepare students for careers that transcend geopolitical borders in our hemisphere. The core LAS courses provide a solid foundation for understanding the complexity of the nations in Latin America and the interdisciplinary courses allow students to expand their learning in disciplines such as Anthropology, History, Political Science, Languages, Music, Art, Communications, Business, and Languages. Experiential learning is required and may be satisfied by an internship, study abroad, or a research project. Students are required to demonstrate language skills in Spanish, Portuguese, or French at the advanced level.

Vision

Our program provides a variety of courses that promote an understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean as well as Latino/Hispanic populations of the United States. The Latin American Studies B.A. is an interdisciplinary program, including the fields of Anthropology, Art, English, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, Music, and Political Science.