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Program overview

Major/minor: Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies is a flexible, interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of Latin American culture and history. Our majors select courses from a range of disciplines including anthropology, art, economics and business, history, Latin American literature and culture, politics, religion, and Spanish.

In addition to our standard course list, students also enjoy a variety of topics courses and independent study opportunities to explore subjects of particular interest. 

One Course At A Time

The One Course At A Time curriculum allows our students to be immersed in one class for three and a half weeks without the interference of other course work. Because of the small class size (cap of 25 students), it is a great opportunity for students who want to have in-depth discussions and personalized instruction. 

Off-campus study

One Course At A Time makes it possible for students to travel to travel to countries like Guatemala for immersive language instruction. Cornell's associations with the ACM (the Associated Colleges of the Midwest) and SIT (School for International Training), also provide access to semester-long programs in Costa Rica, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. In addition, Cornell faculty lead various block-long courses to Latin America: the Spanish department regularly takes students to Mexico and Bolivia, and students in areas as diverse as economics and business, education, and biology have all traveled to Latin America recently. Many of these programs are outlined in greater detail on the Spanish website.


Latin American Studies prepares students for many different kinds of graduate school or career experiences and can be especially useful in such careers as government service (both foreign and domestic), the ministry and other forms of church service, journalism, teaching, international business and trade, social work, and international service organizations in the United States and abroad.