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Recent LAS Students

leah-towe.jpgLeah Towe '15

For me, the Latin American Studies minor was the perfect intersection of my Political Science major and Spanish minor. I've always been intrigued by Latin American politics, the culture, the history, and the Spanish language, thus LAS seemed like the completion to this trifecta of my studies at Providence College. The Latin American Studies minor also encouraged and inspired my Political Science Honors Thesis titled "Behind the Smokescreen: An Examination of US Involvement in Colombia".

As I apply to law schools for the fall of 2016, I anticipate on studying International Law and Human Rights Law, with a continued focus on Latin America.

Anne Ruelle ’13

For me, the Latin American Studies minor coincided strongly with my interests in the Spanish language and the current conditions of people living in Latin America. Through the minor I have come to a greater understanding of the disparities in Latin American countries and the connection those often have to their relations with the United States. 

As a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador, I find that what I learned about politics, globalization, and the past and present of Latin America has contributed to my understanding of the situation here.

ethan-gentes.jpgEthan Gentes ’13

Latin America is America! I chose Latin American Studies because it has no limits. The skills you develop in LAS are extraordinarily transferable in the business world, as I can attest two years into a consulting career that demands regular communication in Spanish and sensitivity to the diversity of Latin culture. LAS at PC connects students with excellent professors and mentors in addition to providing access to the incredible wealth of Catholic and Dominican scholarship across the Western Hemisphere.

Brian Sweeney ’15

The reason I chose to minor in LAS was because I found it to be the perfect unifier for the different things I had been studying. It allowed me to explore a part of the world that has always fascinated me. The minor, and my interest in the region, was a big part of my choice to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

My semester in Buenos Aires tied together so many of the things that I had been studying at PC. I think my LAS classes really prepared me for that experience, and have help shaped what I want to do now that I've graduated. Maintaining my Spanish ability is incredibly important to me, and I hope to return to Latin America as soon as I possibly can.


Magali Garcia-Pletsch ’13

To fulfill requirements for both my major [Global Studies] and minor, I studied abroad in Cusco, Perú, and had the opportunity to visit Chile. From exploring Machu Picchu and other Incan ruins, to visiting a cemetery in Lima filled with victims of Sendero Luminoso, to roaming the interactive exhibits at the Chilean Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago, things I had learned in LAS courses came rushing back to me.

Being in places, seeing artifacts, and even meeting people that I had learned about in Providence was a very grounding experience. As an American who wants to continue to travel and learn about the world, it is important to learn about the history and culture of new places, while also recognizing the complex relationships certain areas have with my own home country. Taking courses in Latin American Studies at PC was only one way to do this, but it certainly influenced my ever-transforming identity as a global citizen.

sarah-fitz.gifSarah Fitzgerald ’13

In our globalized world, we can no longer call ourselves well-rounded students without exploring the realities and complexities that lie outside of our own national borders. The Latin American Studies minor pushed me to study abroad in unconventional, yet remarkable, places and gave me the tools to see myself as a global citizen first and an American citizen second.

As a recent graduate already living as an ex-pat in Spain, I can attest to the fact that the Latin American Studies minor has prepared me with cultural competency for life abroad.




Kate Douglas '15

After spending a semester in Costa Rica and time in Mexico, I realized there was so much to learn about our neighbors in the Americas. The LAS minor allowed me to explore Latin American culture and history through a variety of fields of study.

Being part of the LAS program encouraged me to pursue my current position as an intern for a health care organization in Guatemala. The minor opened up opportunities and helped shape my path after Providence College.

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Rev. David T. Orique, O.P., Ph.D.
Latin American Studies Program Director
Assistant Professor of History
Ruane Center for the Humanities 113

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