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Latin American Studies

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Latin American Studies

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About Latin American Studies

Latin America is a region characterized by multiple histories, a complex combination of native and world cultures and politics, a distinguished literary tradition, and a dynamic international presence. The United States has longstanding ties to this region, as well as with Latino populations within its borders, and this provides a compelling reason to educate students about Latin America as they seek to become active, informed citizens. Students who minor in Latin American studies will undertake the study of the region’s society and culture, drawing from such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, history, language, literature, and political science. They will gain an understanding of the diversity and influence of Latin America and learn to think critically about a foreign region from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Interesting Classes I Might Take

  • Latinidades: Reconfiguring Identities in the U.S.
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Spanish in the Media
  • History Through Travel: Latin America 1500–1900
  • Spanish-American Fiction: One Hundred Years of Greatness
  • The Latin American Puzzle

For the entire course list.

Beyond the Classroom

A recent research project: As part of Skidmore's faculty-student collaborative research program, Randy Abreu and historian Jordana Dym compared the wording, emphases, and nuances in more than a dozen declarations of independence from Central and South America. Their work was used by the national archives of Mexico for an exhibition marking the bicentennial of its official rejection of Spanish rule.  

A recent internship: Sally Jernigan-Smith won a Skidmore-funded See-Beyond Award and worked with the Backstretch Employee Service Team at the Saratoga Race Course. The program provides free health care and a free store, as well as other benefits, to the employees of the backstretch, who are by and large Latin American migrant workers who speak only a little English.

Study abroad programs: Popular study abroad programs for Latin American studies minors are CIEE Buenos Aires: Liberal Studies (Argentina) and Skidmore in Spain: Madrid and Alcalá (Spain). To see other study abroad opportunities, visit here.

Success After Skidmore

Skidmore students who graduate with a minor in Latin American studies are equipped to pursue a wide variety of careers including education, business, government, law, and media-related professions. For more, see the following webpage

Careers: A sampler of what our alumni do

  • Policy analyst, School Superintendents Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Assistant principal, Baumholder Middle-High School, APO, AE
  • College professor, Boston University, Boston, Mass.
  • Research librarian, Cambridge University, London, England
  • Deputy director of budget, Department of Housing Preservation and Development, NYC
  • Lead teacher/dual language second grade, D.C. Public Schools, Washington, D.C.
  • Executive director, HIAS Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • International translation coordinator, Inscape Partners International, Taastrup, Denmark
  • International wholesaler, John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance, Boston, Mass.
  • Paralegal, Joyce and Associates, P.C., Boston, Mass.
  • Director of external relations, Legal Information for Families Today, NYC
  • Director, marketplace development, Magna Global, NYC
  • Spanish teacher, Princeton Day School, Princeton, N.J.
  • Americorps museum educator, Providence Children's Museum, Providence, R.I.
  • Legislative director, Sara Gonzalez (City Council member), NYC
  • Psychologist, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, Calif.
  • Attorney, Storm Law, Albany, N.Y.
  • Sales coordinator, Univision Communications, NYC

Faculty

Meet the Latin American studies faculty members