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The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program

The Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program provides an integrated interdisciplinary approach to the historical, political, social, and cultural inter-relationships of the nations and peoples of our hemisphere. Students who fulfill the area studies requirements will receive a letter and certificate recognizing completion of the program.

The nations of Latin America and the Caribbean are our closest neighbors and our future as a nation is closely tied to the region. Increasing interdependence throughout the hemisphere will bring new opportunities in the future for people with knowledge of the social, political, economic, and cultural dimensions of the region, as well as for those with language skills in French and Spanish. Students interested in economics and business, history and politics, environmental science, sociology, French, Spanish and other disciplines can benefit from this study of the historical and contemporary problems and achievements of the region and the long-standing ties that link the United States with the other nations of the Americas.

Program Requirements

Completion of the program requires 20 semester hours of course work. The three courses described below (320, 321, and 420) are required. Students also must complete one course taught in French, Portuguese or Spanish at the 300- or 400-level that pertains to Latin America or the Caribbean. An additional two courses pertaining to the region and selected in consultation with the program coordinator will complete the requirements. These two courses may be chosen from among specified courses in Biology, Economics, English, Finance, Government, History, Religion, Sociology or courses pertaining to the region taken at other institutions or on study abroad programs. (6 or 8 hours).

Current Courses