Latin American Studies

Cross disciplinary borders while exploring this vibrant, influential, culturally significant and critically important region of the world.

The traditions of Latin America - from the southern border of the United States to the tip of South America and the Caribbean islands - represent a richly diverse mixture of indigenous, African and European colonial influences. Immerse yourself in the history, literature, politics and languages of Latin America in the classroom or beyond, absorbing the culture firsthand in one of Emmanuel's many study-abroad programs.

Minor Requirements

View the  2020-2021 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for a Minor in Latin American Studies

  • HIST2125 History of Modern Latin America OR
  • POLSC2301 Politics of Race and Ethnicity in Latin America*

Electives (choose four courses from three different fields):

  • ECON3109 Emerging Economies
  • ENGL2417 Literature of the Black Atlantic (AI-L)
  • HIST2125 History of Modern Latin America
    HIST3121 Surviving Columbus
  • HIST3225 Utopias, Dystopias and Revolution in Latin American History
  • LANG2105 Contemporary Latin American Fiction (conducted in English)
  • LANG2415 Spanish at Work in the Community (lectures in Spanish)
  • LANG2416 Latin American Peoples and Cultures
  • LANG3411 Latin American Literary Giants (lectures in Spanish)
  • LANG3417 Spanish American Experience: An Overview (lectures in Spanish)
  • LANG3427 Contemporary Spanish American Women Novelists (lectures in Spanish)
  • POLSC2301 Politics of Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
  • POLSC3301 Comparative Politics of Developing States
  • POLSC3303 Street Democracy
  • THRS2213 Liberation Theory

*Travel course

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Learn more about career paths-from public policy to international business-open to students of Latin American studies through the Emmanuel College Career Center.

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