Latin American Studies Department Profile

Latin American Studies

Latin America has for many years been a bellwether of international change, from the revolutions of the 1960s to the neoliberalism of the 1980s and 1990s, and the 21st-century turn to a new electoral progressivism. This fascinating and diverse region stretches from Mexico to Chile, including eighteen Spanish-speaking countries and Brazil. The Latin American Studies major offers the opportunity to study the area through an interdisciplinary approach that includes language, literature, history, politics, economics, society, and culture.

Students majoring in Latin American Studies are required to take courses in Spanish at the third-year level, as well as classes in Latin American history, politics, and anthropology. They also may choose advanced courses in Latino literature, cinema, and art history. Majors are required to complete 34 credits.

Although not required, students in the Latin American Studies field are encouraged to enroll in approved Study Abroad programs to Latin American countries. Whitman professors in different academic disciplines lead domestic and international trips focused on topics relevant to the major. Students in this field may also be interested in living in La Casa Hispana, with its resident native speaker, and participating in Club Latino, both of which provide cultural programming and activities.