Latin American and Latinx Studies Minor
Students in the Latin American and Latinx Studies Program explore the Latin American region and U.S. Latinx communities through a variety of lenses, which they develop through an individualized and multi-disciplinary course of study. You can select courses in history, language, literature, linguistics, culture, economics, political science, international relations, sociology, business, philosophy, theology, religious studies and art history.
Over the last half-century, hundreds of students have taken advantage of this opportunity to know and care deeply about the Latin American region, and to enjoy careers in which they share that expertise and concern with others. Graduates have gone into distinguished careers in international organizations, diplomatic or government service, higher education, and all facets of business and the private sector.
You can complete the minor in Latin American Studies with six courses. A level of proficiency in one of the region’s languages (e.g., Spanish, Portuguese) is a key component of the minor, and to ensure its interdisciplinary focus, you must complete courses from at least three participating departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Haub School of Business and the School of Health Studies and Education. You can also petition the Latin American and Latinx Studies Director to receive credit for special courses or activities, such as study abroad or supervised research in Latin America or in/with U.S. Latinx communities.
You will be encouraged to participate in study abroad or a study tour to Latin America. The Latin American and Latinx Studies Program is happy to offer financial support to students whose interests and passions lead them to study in the Latin American region. Each semester, a sub-committee of the Latin American and Latinx Studies Advisory Board convenes to select students who will receive financial support made available thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends of the program to the Charles F. Shreiner ‘50 Fund for Latin American Studies and the Kief, Bach, Beirne, Caulfield, Deal Award for Latin American Studies. Over the years, students have participated in curricular and co-curricular programs in countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico and Uruguay, among others.
Latin American and Latinx Studies’ award-winning faculty is drawn from across the University. Recognized equally for the qualities of their teaching and research, they embrace the Ignatian and Jesuit tradition of whole-person education which manifests in strong mentoring inside and outside the classroom.