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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Latin American Studies Program

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Program Coordinator

Juan R. Ishikawa

Program Office/Website

Humanities 420A

Participating Faculty

Gabriela Best (Economics), Brenda Bowser (Anthropology), Robey Callahan (Anthropology), Eric Carbajal (Modern Languages), Ana Garza (Education), Erualdo González (Chicana/o Studies), Alejandro Gradilla (Chicana/o Studies), Monica Hanna (Chicana/o Studies), James Hussar (Modern Languages), Juan Ishikawa (Modern Languages), David Kelman (English), John Koegel (Music), Enric Mallorquí-Ruscalleda (Modern Languages), Elisa C. Mandell (Art), Stephen Neufeld (History), Gabriela Núñez (Chicana/o Studies), Valerie R. O’Regan (Political Science), John Patton (Anthropology), Patricia Perez (Chicana/o Studies), Sandra Pérez (Modern Languages), Denise Stanley (Economics), Karen Stocker (Antrhopology), Robert Voeks (Geography), Carl Wendt (Anthropology), Phillipe Zacair (History), André Zampaulo (Modern Languages)


Latin America is our closest neighbor and a developing region with vast potential. Countries range in size from the Dominican Republic to resource-rich Brazil, which is larger than the continental United States.

By pursuing a broad, yet in-depth course of study, Latin American Studies students are well equipped to enter many fields and occupations as teachers in the United States or Latin America, as business people sensitive to Latin American history and culture, or as journalists, lawyers and doctors where contact with Latin America or Latin Americans in the United States is important.

The Latin American Studies major is designed to provide an in-depth, interdisciplinary understanding of Latin America. Majors develop language proficiency in Spanish and Portuguese, and have a broad range of courses from which to choose in anthropology, art, Chicana/o studies, economics, history, geography, political science, and modern languages and literatures. The major is well-suited for: (1) students who wish to pursue careers that require residence in or knowledge of Latin America (e.g., business, journalism, government); (2) those who plan to teach Spanish and/or social sciences in the secondary schools; and (3) students who wish to pursue graduate work in Latin American studies or other disciplines where a Latin American specialization would be helpful (e.g., political science, economics, history).

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Programs and Courses Offered


    Bachelor of ArtsNon-Degree


      Latin American Studies

      Course are designated as LTAM in the class schedule.

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