Latin American and Caribbean Studies
The concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies is designed to help students develop an interdisciplinary understanding of culture, history, and contemporary issues in Latin America. Social, political, economic, scientific, literary, and cultural factors combine to explain the Latin American and Caribbean societies of today. The concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies provides the opportunity to integrate the methods of various disciplines. Requirements are intentionally broad and flexible to accommodate the interests of students in understanding the diverse reality of Latin America, yet the concentration also encourages focus. Concentration requirements cover four general areas: language, area studies, research, and internship / service work. Competency in Spanish or Portuguese is developed through intermediate and advanced coursework. Many concentrators also study abroad in Latin America and the Caribbean for one or both semesters during their junior year to advance their language skills.
Students in this concentration will:
- Understand the politics and expressive cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean from several disciplinary perspectives
- Acquire advanced speaking and writing abilities in Spanish, Portuguese, or another language of the region
- Develop theoretical acumen in humanistic and social scientific research methods
- Design a unique concentration based around a geographic region or critical question
- Complete a substantial research project related to Latin America and the Caribbean
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Honors and CapstonesView Honors website
Qualified undergraduates may work towards the B.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies with Honors. Review the requirements, guidelines, and timeline of graduating with Honors in Latin American and Caribbean Studies here.
This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:
- Expand your reading skills
- Collaborate fully
- Understand differences among cultures
- Embrace diversity
- Engage with your community
- Learn what it means to study the past
- Evaluate human behavior
- Work on your speaking and writing
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Latin American and Caribbean Studies alumni have pursued a wide range of professional careers in/on the region. Many complete graduate degrees in law, medicine, or the social sciences. They have worked as policy analysts, in the financial services sector, in public interest, and for the US State Department.