The Latin American Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Latin America. The United States and the countries of Latin America have historically exerted great influence on each other and today, in the age of hyper-globalization, are more intertwined than ever before. The program is organized around a required introductory course, Latin American Studies 100, which fulfills the Humanistic Approaches core and requires students to explore the interaction of politics and culture at the national and international levels, and considers the historical legacies of contemporary aspects of Latin American societies. Drawing on courses from Foreign Languages and Literature, Politics and Government, Business, Art History and History, students minoring in Latin American Studies gain an in-depth understanding of the region and different analytical tools and perspectives for understanding its past and present. Students are encouraged to gain some experience abroad, particularly through the university's semester abroad programs in Latin America (primarily Mexico, Argentina, and Chile). In addition, the Latin American Studies Program serves to stimulate interest and awareness at the university by sponsoring discussions, presentations, and cultural events dealing with Latin American issues.