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Latin American Studies


Gain a deep understanding of the historical, political, social and cultural development of Latin America and the Caribbean.

If you’re interested in exploring the rich cultural heritage of Latin America, welcome to Willamette’s Latin American Studies program. Our program will provide you with a breadth of knowledge from pre-Columbian to modern times.

You’ll take advanced courses in several academic fields that sharpen your critical thinking skills while giving you the opportunity to hone your skills in Spanish. You’ll also have access to volunteer and research opportunities in the local Latinx community, not to mention an array of study abroad programs throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

You’ll graduate with the knowledge, language skills and cultural understanding you need to excel in an array of fields, including government, business, the not-for-profit sector, education, health, law and translation. As you start defining your career path, you can choose from internships in any of these sectors.

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Featured Alumni

Latin American Studies

Claudia Ortiz Gajardo ’20

  • The native of Chile went back to college at the age of 43
  • Her thesis focused on an indigenous language of Chile and its identity and culture through hip hop music
  • Her next step will likely be a master’s degree in women’s, gender and sexuality studies
Latin American Studies

Nancy Garcia '08, MBA'10

  • Engagement on campus with several groups — Ohana, Alianza, Willamette Academy — provided her with a solid support system and early practice building connections
  • MBA paved way for work at Edelman Public Relations and the Portland Timbers
  • Latin American Studies and Spanish classes provided the context she needed when establishing Edelman’s first diversity internship
Willamette University

Latin American Studies

Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.