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Skidmore College
Latin American, Caribbean, & Latinx Studies

The Latin American, Caribbean, & Latinx Studies program at Skidmore College, in conjunction with other programs on campus and many academic institutions across the nation, reaffirms its commitment to the fundamental principles of social justice and to the fostering of an environment of tolerance, understanding, and opportunity. Given the current political climate and the real threat to the safety and well-being of immigrants and their families, we are pleased that President Philip A. Glotzbach has signed the statement in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Please see the petition here

Latin American, Caribbean, & Latinx Studies Minor

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.

Skidmore College established a minor in Latin American Studies in 2003, and expanded the program in 2016 to Latin American and Latinx Studies (LALS) to serve a diverse community of national and international students.  Students who elect the LALS minor will study of Latin American, Caribbean, & Latinx societies and cultures in disciplines including anthropology, archaeology, art history, economics, history, international affairs, language, literature and political science. Through the minor, students will gain an understanding of the diversity of the Americas from Tierra del Fuego to Montreal, from the Caribbean to the Andes, the ancient to the modern.  In classes, by attending events, participating in travel seminars and study abroad opportunities, and in conversations across campus, faculty, students and staff will challenge preconceptions and think critically about this dynamic region.