Historical, cultural, economic and political relations between the Americas have made Latin American studies an important field of inquiry for numerous disciplines.
The number of Hispanic people in the U.S., currently estimated at 45 million, is expected to grow to 25 percent of the country’s total population by the year 2050. Today, an understanding of the history, cultural, political and especially the economic situation of Latin American countries, as well as an excellent command of Spanish, are assets in a globalized job market.
Along with classes in Latin American history, politics, literature and economics, students majoring in Latin American studies also minor in Spanish and spend a semester abroad in a Latin American country.
Director: Olga Arbeláez, Ph.D.