Cristina Soriano, PhD
Associate Professor, History
Latin America encompasses two continents, extending from Mexico and the tropical islands of the Caribbean to the southern tip of South America. Its rich and diverse cultures have their roots in Indigenous, African, and European civilizations. Latin America today reflects both the past - one that is marked by colonialism, economic depedency, and revolutions - and the future - one that is represented by diversity, multiculturalism, creativity, and entrepeneurship -. It is a region that continues transforming itself and finding its place within complex global realities.
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 (GLAS). 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 major and the minor. And, since living in Latin America offers invaluable experience in language, culture, and contemporary life issues, students in the program are strongly encouraged to spend a summer or semester in the region.
In addition to its attractive course offerings, the Program sponsors overseas academic activities in Costa Rica and Chile, a variety of scholarly and cultural events for the Villanova community.