Latin American studies is an interdisciplinary major that explores the languages, cultures, economies and politics of the countries of Latin America. Latin American Studies majors take courses in Spanish, Portuguese, economics, political science, literature, history, geography and other areas of study to gain a wide range of approaches to the history and cultures of these countries. The multidisciplinary approach allows students to acquire a variety of analytical tools and look at issues and problems from multiple perspectives.
Students majoring in Latin American studies combine a proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese with a wide range of core courses that represent a variety of approaches to Latin America. In the final year, students design a program for in-depth study, focusing on individual interests within the field of Latin American studies, culminating in a senior paper or project.