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Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary field that explores the history, politics, linguistics, literature, art, culture, and human-environmental relations of Latin America. Coursework and immersive experiences prepare students to appreciate the region’s rich diversity, explore its contributions to global history and culture, and address current issues that face this region today. This minor provides an international dimension that will complement any major offered at Eckerd College.

The courses comprising the Latin American Studies minor reflect its interdisciplinary nature by drawing from a wide variety of fields in the humanities and social sciences, including Anthropology, History, Literature, Political Science, and Spanish. Students may also fulfill credits toward the minor by participating in one of Eckerd’s multiple study abroad courses with a focus on Latin American history, language, and culture as well as through internships or projects connected to the Latinx community in Florida.

A small street in Valparaiso, Chile; photo by Zoe Sabadish ’24

The minor

Why minor in Latin American studies?

  • Latin America encompasses 33 different countries with a population of over 665 million.
  • There are over 63 million Latinx Americans in the United States, representing the largest and fastest growing demographic community in the country.
  • Intercultural competence is an attractive skill set for employers and graduate schools.
  • A minor in Latin American Studies is a great way to deepen the connection to your culture or heritage.
  • The intensive study of another culture will enrich your travel or job experiences abroad.
  • Courses in Latin American studies fulfill general credit requirements for G and H credits.
  • Florida’s history, culture, economy, and population are deeply intertwined with the rest of Latin America.
  • Minoring in Latin American Studies and other area studies provides the foundation for creating diverse and inclusive communities on campus and after graduation.

Faculty

Yanira Angulo-Cano

Professor of Spanish

Cristina Delano

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Anna Guengerich

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Yolanda Molina-Galiván

Professor of Spanish

Axel Presas

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Jared Stark

Professor of Literature and Comparative Literature

Adriana Tolentino

Associate Professor of Spanish

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