The minor in Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary program that combines subject matter and modes of inquiry from several academic disciplines to give the student a broad background encompassing the historical, political, social, and cultural aspects of Latin America, as well as of Latinx populations in the United States and elsewhere. Students are encouraged to develop the analytical and evaluative skills that will enable them to gain a systematic understanding of the region.
The rapid growth of the Latinx population in the U.S. continues to produce an increasing need for trained persons with a knowledge of the Latin American region to work in teaching, government, the nonprofit sector, journalism, business, and other fields. The minor is also well-suited to students who wish to pursue graduate work in Latin American Studies or other disciplines in which a Latin American specialization is helpful. An individualized major in Latin American Studies is also available to students who are interested.