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Latin American and Latino Studies

The Latin American, Latinx and the Caribbean Studies program explores the diversity of Latin America’s peoples and cultures. Students choose from an array of courses from different departments and examine Latin American and Caribbean peoples and Latinx communities in the United States, as well as the common cultural and historical roots that connect them.

Drawing from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, The Latin American, Latinx and the Caribbean Studies examines the histories, politics, religions, arts, cultural environments and languages of Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America as well as communities of Latin American heritage residing in the United States. Working intimately with faculty experts from the social sciences, the humanities and the arts, students analyze the changing political, social, economic and cultural realities of Latin America’s peoples, including topics of immigration, identity, and social movements. 

Program Highlights

Check the preview of a movie made by students in the LALS course SPAN 312: Filmmaking in Spanish, taught by Prof. Bridget Franco: 

Latin American and Latino Studies News

Blog: Midwest Native Tapia ’21 Shares Her First-Year College Experience

Oct 12, 2017

NAME Xochitl Tapia ’21 HOMETOWN Kansas City, Missouri STUDIES SHE’S CONSIDERING Latin American and Latino Studies, environmental studies, political science WHY SHE CHOSE HOLY CROSS “When going through the search process, I was interested in a small liberal arts college …

Blog: Goddard ’19 Excited to Experience Everything Peru Has to Offer

Jun 27, 2017

NAME Margaret Goddard ’19 HOMETOWN Locust, N.J. AREAS OF STUDY English and visual arts studio double major, Latin American and Latino Studies concentration WHERE SHE’S STUDYING Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in Lima, Peru DURATION Full academic year WHY SHE CHOSE …


Mar 15
Puerto Rico's Status in the U.S. Constitution and Puerto Rican Citizenship
04:30 PM
Dinand Library Levis Browsing Room
Mar 26
Alberto Ledsma Lecture
04:30 PM
Carol and Park B. Smith Hall Rehm Lib