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​Latin American Studies

Best-selling authors. Chart-topping musicians. Award-winning actors. More importantly, mothers, fathers, co-workers, neighbors, and friends. In the United States alone, there are 50 million human reasons to be interested in Latin America.

Our brothers and sisters from neighboring Mexico to the bottomost regions of Chile and Argentina represent the fastest growing segment of our population. By 2050, one-third of the country’s citizens will be of Latin American descent.

Latin American Studies at PC offers you an opportunity to select courses from a range of academic disciplines — anthropology, foreign language studies, global studies, history, political science, secondary education, and sociology — to better understand a dynamic and complex region of the world whose fascinating cultural and demographic influences extend globally.

Sure, you’ll be introduced to important historical figures and learn about events that shaped the world beyond the borders of nearly two dozen countries. But, you’ll also better understand you or your neighbor’s family history, how your co-worker’s political values were shaped, and why the Catholic Church is thriving in Latin American countries — invaluable cultural understanding tools for success in an increasingly diverse world.

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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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