The cultural, economic and geopolitical importance of Latin America, and of Latinos in the United States, is substantial and growing. More and more people around the world are speaking Spanish and Portuguese, and, in the United States, Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of the population. Themes such as immigration, narco-trafficking, the ascendance of indigenous movements, the recent resurgence of left-wing governments, the perennial problems of poverty and inequality, and the rise of Brazil as a global economic power, are among the many issues which make the study of Latin America and Latinos in the U.S. not just interesting, but important. Coupled with issues of political and economic significance is the growing influence of Latin culture outside its core geographical area.
As a student in the Latin American and Latino studies concentration, you will be exposed to the complexities of these issues through courses that examine the diversity of historical, cultural and political experiences of Latin America; the interrelationships between Latin America and the United States; and the growing influence of Latinos in the U.S.