Academic Programs

The region of Latin America has experienced two dramatic economic and political experiments since the late 1980s. The emergence of large economies in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Chile has made the region more important for the US economic health. In fact, Brazil is routinely predicted to be a top six economy in terms of total GDP in the next decades by economic analysts. This would mean that there would be a continental shift in the economic balance of power in Latin America. Politically, the region has been amazingly receptive to democratic governance in recent decades. It has seen regular and peaceful transition of power from one contender to another after a particular electoral cycle, a fact unseen in the previous 200 years of political history. These two facts, together with the relative decline of US influence in the region, could become a catalyst to innovative economic and political experiments that a Major in Latin American Studies would most credibly focus and analyze.

Upon satisfying the intermediate level foreign language requirement in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Spanish, students may pursue a LAS Minor with a minimum of 12 credits:

  • Four electives (4 courses), including courses offered through our study abroad programs

GIS: Latin American Studies (GLAS) 

Six courses for a minimum of 18 credits, of which the following must be included: four courses with the LAS attribute (12 credits minimum); two advanced Spanish courses above 1122 (6 credits); courses taken as part of a Study Abroad program may be counted; one internship course may be counted. 

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Contact Information

Program Director
Cristina Soriano, PhD
Associate Professor, History

Administrative Assistant
Joyce Harden
Office: SAC 023