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Latin American Studies

The Latin American Studies minor exposes students to a diversity of methodological, theoretical, and cultural perspectives—preparing them for dealing with the challenging demands of society today.

Students study the topics of ethnicity, race, gender and sexuality, class, and religious denominations/beliefs, among others in relation to Latin America. The minor also provides students with opportunities for community-based learning and other off-campus opportunities.

English language instruction, tutoring, translation services, legal aid, and public health are just a few of the areas in which students can make important contributions to the Latino community. Students acquire life-changing skills and experiences to prepare them for a wide range of career opportunities in the United States and abroad.

Relevance of Latin American Studies

Latin America and the United States have a long history of interconnection that is even more apparent recently through continuous cultural, economic, and political exchanges. The significant Latinx population is growing in numbers and visibility in the social structure of the United States.

The international influence of Latin America, with its distinct opportunities and challenges, is rising. The proximity and importance of the Latin American region domestically and globally combines with the emerging need for interdisciplinary learning and critical language and cultural skills.

Latin American Studies programs are relevant and widespread because of their concentration on language and cultural competency, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, training to work with diverse populations and appreciate cultural differences, and effective adaptation skills.

 

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