Latin America is a region of multiple histories, a complex combination of native and
world cultures and political systems, a distinguished literary tradition, and a dynamic
presence in international affairs. The United States and its residents have longstanding
political, cultural, historical, business, and academic ties to this region, as well
as with Latino populations active within its borders. The importance of Latin America
abroad and at home provides a compelling reason to educate students in the broader
context of Latin American politics, culture, and society in preparation for participation
in civic and professional life as informed citizens at home and abroad.
Students who elect the Latin American studies minor will undertake the comparative
study of Latin American society and culture, drawing from such disciplines as anthropology,
archaeology, art history, economics, history, language, literature and political science.
Through the minor, students will gain an understanding of the diversity and influence
of Latin America and learn to develop questions and think critically about a foreign
region from an interdisciplinary perspective.