Majoring in Latin American Studies
Major in Latin American studies and you gain a solid understanding of the economics, politics, history and cultures of the region, along with proficiency in Spanish. You come to know and understand many global and multicultural communities. Your professors guide you in your projects, give you theoretical information and real-world resources, review your writing and discuss important contemporary issues with you. Armed with both academic and real-world experience, you can excel in education, business, government, social work, healthcare, law, media, travel and more.
International opportunities and study abroad
Most Latin American studies majors spend a semester or summer in the region. You might travel with your class and a Connecticut College professor, enroll in a separate program or take an internship to do work or research. Recently, our faculty have led semesters in Mexico and Spain. Our students have interned with grass-roots organizations in Chile and recorded oral histories of disenfranchised women in Nicaragua.
Proyecto Comunidad gives you the opportunity to work three to six hours a week in New London's Hispanic community. You may also wish to try the Proyecto Comunidad Shadow Program, which can help you explore career interests, meet potential mentors, do research, gain insight into issues pertinent to the Hispanic community and better understand practical applications of classroom learning.
What can you do with a majorcertificate in Latin American Studies?
Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:
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Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: I transferred to Conn after my freshman year, so I'd learned what I liked at my previous school and what didn't work for me. I wanted small classes and an engaged campus community.
Q: Did you study abroad?
A: I studied in Lima, Peru, for a semester. It sparked my interest in Sendero Luminoso, or the Shining Path, and the armed conflict in Peru. My research became my senior project. I focused on Sendero Luminoso and the contradictions within their ideology.
Q: What role has CELS, the college's career and internship program, played for you?
A: My CELS counselor has really gotten to know what kind of person I am and what jobs would best suit my interests and personality. I spent two months before my semester abroad working for the Pulsera Project in West Chester, Penn., as the first part of my CELS internship. After my semester abroad, I finished my internship with Pulsera in Nicaragua. I got a better understanding of how non-profits function and what challenges come with working in multiple countries.
- Advanced Grammar and Composition
- Hispanic Cultures
- Latin America in Film
- An Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean History
- Religion and Violence in Latin America
- Growing up in Latin America: The Bildungsroman in Latin American Narrative
- Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Spanish America
- Economics of Latin America
- Democracy in Latin America
- Literature of the Hispanic Caribbean
- Rebellion and Revolutions in Latin America