Latin American and Latino Studies

Cityscape in Latin America

The cultural, economic and geopolitical impact of Latin America and Latinos in the U.S. is substantial. Themes such as immigration, narco-cultures, indigenous movements, left- vs right-wing governments, perennial problems of inequality, and the rise of Brazil as a global economic power, are among the many issues which make the study of Latin America and Latinos in the U.S. interesting and important. Coupled with issues of political and economic significance is the growing popularity of Latin music, art, cinema and food along with the growing numbers of Spanish and Portuguese speakers across the U.S. and other parts of the globe. 2014 census data indicates that there are now 553 million Latinos in the U.S. or one sixth of the U.S. population so that Latinos are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population.

LALS is a multidisciplinary concentration designed to expose students to these complex issues. It offers courses which mark the diversity of historical, cultural and political experiences of Latin America, the interrelationships between Latin America and the U.S., and the growing influence of Latinos in the U.S. Students have the opportunity to take concentration-related courses in art history, communications, economics, history, international development, political science, and Spanish.