Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies

Students pursuing Latin American Studies learn about the cultural, political, social, and economic dynamics of a multifaceted and diverse region comprising of over twenty countries, different geographic regions, and a rich history. They will also learn about conflicts generated by unequal relations of power, and fundamental issues such as human rights, Indigenous mobilization, and political democratization. This interdisciplinary program features courses from various departments, including Anthropology, History and French, Spanish, and Italian. The program is jointly administered by a committee with representatives from the involved departments, with a coordinator rotated yearly among the departments.

Program of Study

Specific LAS course requirements can be found in the on-line Academic Catalogue and Calendar.

Students are free to tailor their own program of study, and can design an 18-credit-hour minor by choosing courses on a variety of regions, periods, and issues.

Latin American Studies is offered as a Minor option and is open to students in all faculties.

Areas of Study
Courses investigate issues such as:

  • Peoples and Cultures of Contemporary Latin America
  • Voices and Images of Latin America
  • Contemporary Latin American Novel
  • Cinema and Literature
  • Testimony and Human Rights in Latin America
  • Latin American Cinema and Society
  • Colonial Latin America
  • Mexico, Central America and Cuba since 1945
  • The Social History of the Latin American State
  • Indigenous Peoples in Modern Latin America

Please check the Course Calendar for a full listing of courses offered each academic year.

This minor can compliment and further strengthen other fields of study, such as:

  • Law
  • Education
  • Medicine
  • Economics
  • Business

What is unique about this program at the U of M?
Students in Latin American Studies can participate in study-abroad opportunities in the region. They will also benefit from the vibrant community of local and guest scholars, students, and community activists in which the program’s faculty is actively involved.

For more information about the program, please email