• The historical conditions and relations that have shaped Latin America
  • The contemporary cultural, political, and economic dynamics that define the region
  • Latin America’s place within global relations
  • Role of innovation and entrepreneurship in the region


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What historical conditions and relations have shaped Latin America as a distinct regional, political, and cultural entity? How have the United States and the countries of Latin America exerted influence over each other in the past, and how do they interact today?

The Latin American Studies (LAS) program brings together faculty members and students whose diverse interests converge around the region that, starting in around 1850, began to be called “Latin America.” The program offers a minor that creates a space of exchange that is both transnational and interdisciplinary. Through a series of courses and co-curricular activities, students become aware of the different cultures, languages, historical processes, political systems, and economic models that have shaped the diverse and often divergent experiences of Latin American societies.



Adriana Flores '13
Adriana Flores '13

"I want to make sure that the history that we have is not one-sided, that there are multiple perspectives."