The Growing Importance of Latin America

The growing relevance of Latin America on the world stage is beyond dispute. Changes in trade and diplomatic agreements with emerging superpowers in Asia and other parts of the globe, as well as anti-immigration policies, particularly those of the US toward its southern neighbor Mexico, are redesigning Latin America’s role in the international system. Furthermore, the dynamism of Latin America’s manifold cultures, intellectual trajectories and literary traditions cannot be ignored within the landscape of globalization. An unprecedented number of Latin Americans in the US and other parts of the globe are influencing the cultures, economies, and politics of these immigrants’ native and receiving countries. As the character of Latin America shifts, we need new ways to conceptualize, study, and evaluate the processes that cross and intersect national borders within and outside this region.

Who We Are

We are a vibrant community in the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University that engages students and faculty across multiple disciplines in the study of Latin America, including Art History, Archaeology, Economics, History, International Relations, Political Science, Romance Studies, and Sociology. For many years, we have promoted a forum for cultural exchange between the BU community and other universities and organizations around the world. We administer a major, a minor, and a concentration on Latin America within the major of International Relations. We also offer a one-year master’s degree (LASMA). We also provide annual curriculum options for BU students, who aspire to learn more about Latin America.

The Program

The Latin American Studies program at Boston University provides students with a versatile and powerful vehicle to develop an in-depth and interdisciplinary understanding of the Latin American region.The program offers students a wide variety of regionally-focused courses in Latin America, which are taught by a range of academic departments. The interdisciplinary nature of the program provides the necessary breadth and depth for students to understand the complexities and remarkable diversity of Latin America, defined as the 20 independent countries in the Western Hemisphere south of the United States with Spanish, French, or Portuguese as their official languages.

Boston University is fortunate to have a first-rate Latin American Studies faculty covering each of the disciplines necessary for a full range of course offerings, including archaeology, literature, art history, economics, history, international relations, political science, and sociology. The range and quality of Boston University’s Interdisciplinary Latin American Program is unique to the Boston area and is to be found only in a few other institutions in the United States