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:
Latin American studies, education
Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: Connecticut College hit all of my major qualifications: small, liberal arts, highly selective, residential. But what really got me hooked on Conn was the people. Visiting campus, everyone was so friendly, so interesting and so passionate about what they were studying and doing. I knew these were people I wanted to be surrounded by in college.
Q: Why Latin American studies?
A: One of my main college goals is to become functionally fluent in Spanish, and the Latin American studies major allows me to develop my fluency while learning about many topics relevant to Latin America and Latinos in the U.S. The major is interdisciplinary, so I can include classes offered in other departments to really get a dynamic understanding of the history, politics and social realities of the Spanish-speaking community.
Q: Favorite class?
A: Hands down the best class I have taken is “Proyecto Comunidad.” This class really connected us with the New London community and got us working hands-on with real people. We spent class periods traveling around the city, meeting with and interviewing various members of the Latino community – teachers, lawyers, priests, even the mayor – and completed a semester-long internship and research project with a community organization.
Q: Did you study abroad?
A: I completed a summer study abroad experience in Cuba. Cuba is a fascinating place to study, as its history and people present a very different way of viewing the world, and the opportunity to learn with Cubans is still very rare, with political tensions between our two nations as they are.
- 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