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Marked by a past of colonialism, dependency, and revolutions, today Latin America is a region that with its diversity and multiculturalism represents the globalized world. Our program offers students tools and experiences that will allow them to explore Latin America.

The main goal of the Latin American Studies program is to provide Villanova students with an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum that allows them to explore and study Latin America in depth. Offering a balanced and creative combination of language courses, comparative global courses, experiential learning, methodological and writing courses, and a great variety of electives offered through the departments of Sociology and Criminology, Political Science, History, Geography and the Environment, Theology and Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Spanish, the major and minor in Latin American Studies are designed to teach students complementary disciplinary approaches to understand the diversity, uniqueness and complexity of Latin America.



The Latin American Studies program has been conceptualized to respond to national and international demands for global citizens who are aware of cultural differences, and who value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures; show competency in different languages; and demonstrate openness, cultural competence, and ability to interact with different groups of people.

The Latin American Studies Program provides our students with fantastic opportunities to study abroad and experience everyday life and culture in a Latin American country. The Program has widened its overseas academic presence in countries, such as Mexico, where we offer a summer abroad experience, and Costa Rica, where we offer both summer and semester experiences.

 Learn more about these and other global learning opportunities.

The Latin American Studies program offers our students great internship opportunities working at local organizations in Philadelphia and Norristown where students will be able to get in contact with Hispanic/Latinx communities, promoting social, economic, educational, language, and cultural projects. Learn more about these opportunities.

Students with advanced proficiency in Spanish have the opportunity to apply their linguistic and cultural competencies in a real-world setting, while working as interpreters and translators in the Community Interpreter Internship between the Department of Spanish and the Villanova Law School Clinics.

Program Director
Raúl Diego Rivera Hernández, PhD 
Associate Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures


The Latin American Studies program produces a podccast series.