Latin American Studies Program

The Villanova Latin American Studies Program, established in 1988, offers students in all of the university's four undergraduate colleges the opportunity to acquire a broad multi-disciplinary understanding and appreciation of Latin America. Students may pursue either a minor or the more comprehensive major. Both are designed to complement a variety of majors; many concentration and minor courses can also be used to satisfy core curriculum requirements.

Since language is essential to understanding any culture, a degree of language proficiency is an integral part of both the concentration and the minor. And, since living in Latin America offers invaluable experience in language, culture, and contemporary life and issues, students in the program are strongly encouraged to spend a summer or semester there.

In addition to its attractive course offerings, the Program sponsors overseas programs in Costa Rica, Chile, a Sustainable Development program, and a variety of scholarly and cultural events for the Villanova community.

Study Abroad in Costa Rica, 2014

For more information, please see the ICDS website and their brochure.

Study Abroad in Chile, 2014

Youtube Video: Mariana Pardes "Murgueros Making Public Space Public in Buenos Aires"

GPLASC Student Research Conference

Conference On Latin American Studies and Open House
Student Research in Focus

Sponsored By:
The Greater Philadelphia Latin American Studies Consortium (GPLASC) & Villanova -Latin American Studies Program Celbrating the 25th Year

Friday, December 6, 2013
12:00 p.m.~5:00 p.m.
Bartley 1011

Keynote Speech at 12:35 p.m. by:
Mariana Pardes, Research Associate, Department of Sociology and Criminology.
Making Public Space Public in Buenos Aires

Since March 2012, Mariana Pardes has served as a Research Associate in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Villanova University.  Mariana earned her Master's degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University (2011).  Previously, Mariana worked in a variety of capacities within social service, educational, and nonprofit organizations.  She is a graduate of Swarthmore College (2000).

* LAS Poster 2013.pdf
Conference On Latin American Studies and Open House. Student Research in Focus

Latin American Studies 2013 Events

Joan Martins

Lecture and Reading by
Joan Martins, Poet/Author Born in Portugal
November 11, 2013
4:00 p.m.
St. Augustine Center 300
Co-sponsored by Latin American Studies

Photos from Valpo

Catholic University at Valparaíso.

Do you want to improve and/or enhance your Spanish language skills? Do you want to experience a complete immersion into the language and culture? Do you want to earn credits towards your major or minor in Spanish; Economics; History; Business; Latin American Studies?
If you have a good command of Spanish you may want to apply for an Internship* in the following disciplines :
- Negocios  (Business)
- Comunicación y cultura  (Communications Studies; Cultural Studies)
- Desarrollo social  (Social Service; Social Development; Social Affairs)

Relevant for the following majors:
Business- Marketing- Economics- Communication- International Studies- Social Services- Social Work- Latin American Studies.

*An interview via Skype prior to acceptance is required!
Apply NOW for this exciting six-week summer program in CHILE! You can earn up to 6 credits!
Cost: TBA soon!
Included: Guided study tours in Valparaíso, Santiago, Viña del Mar.

The program will enrich your mind with an in-depth exposure to the following course offerings on Chilean culture, politics, economic model, and language.
May 22 - July 4, 2014
Valparaíso, Chile

For more detailed information contact us ASAP
Faculty Program Coordinator
Dr. Adriana Merino
Department of Romance Languages & Literatures
College of Arts & Sciences
St. Augustine Center 344
610/519-5648  [Preferred]

Contact Information

Latin American Studies
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Saint Augustine Center Room 484 
Villanova, PA 19085

Program Director
Dr. Satya Pattnayak, 610.519.4773
Administrative Assistant
Joyce Harden, 610.519.4640
Office: SAC 277



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