The Latin American Studies program offers students broad exposure to the peoples and places of Latin America.
This interdisciplinary program includes courses in anthropology, art history, geography, history, and political science as well as language instruction in Spanish and Portuguese.
Students who Major or Minor in Latin American Studies will gain considerable insight into a region that is not only of great interest but also continues to exert significant and diverse cultural, economic, and political impacts on our everyday lives.
Programs available include a Major and Minor in Latin American Studies as well as a term abroad in alternating years.
Of all things to study, Professor Michael Blake’s top pick is corn. He says that’s because big events in human history sometimes hinge on the smallest things. Blake has taught in the Department of Anthropology since 1986. His corn-fueled curiosity has seen him spend a good part of the last 30 years in Latin America and, above all, Mexico, where corn was first domesticated.
Stephanie Spacciante says she launched the Summer Study Abroad program in the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies with one thing in mind: that you can only do so much in the classroom. “You can learn a language,” explains Spacciante, a lecturer in the Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies and founder of of the Summer Study Abroad program, “but you can’t learn the culture unless you’ve lived there.”