Latin American Studies

The Latin American Studies (LAS) program within the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies allows students to concentrate on the regionally focused offerings of several College of Arts & Sciences departments, giving the necessary breadth and depth to understand the complexities of Latin America. The region is geographically defined as including the 20 independent countries in the Western Hemisphere south of the United States with Spanish, French, or Portuguese as their official languages.

Students take courses in both Latin America’s past and present. Courses on Latin America’s past span both pre-Colombian and historical periods, addressing literatures, arts, archaeology, societies, and cultures. Contemporary courses address current societies, economies, politics, cultures, and international relations. Details of the major and minor in Latin American Studies can be found in this Bulletin and on our program website.

Faculty members of the program closely advise each student in their course selection to ensure the intellectual coherence between the student’s area of interest and coursework.