Faculty of Arts - Latin American Studies

Program description

Students pursuing Latin American Studies learn about the cultural, political, social, and economic dynamics of a multifaceted and diverse region comprising 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.

Program options

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

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.

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

  • 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 Academic Calendar for a full listing off courses offered each academic year.

Professional opportunities

  • Community development
  • International relations
  • Social work
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Journalism

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

  • Law
  • Education
  • Medicine
  • Economics
  • Business
  • Science and Engineering

Admission requirements

Visit the Faculty of Arts Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.

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.

Important Links

Faculty of Arts
Department of Anthropology
Department of History
Department of French, Spanish and Italian