Program Overview 

Latin America and the Caribbean are among the most culturally, politically and economically important regions to the United States. Understanding the diverse historical, cultural, economic and political developments in Latin America and the Caribbean provides students with intellectual advantages in many areas of study and future career paths. 

Competitive Advantages 

The Latin American & Caribbean Studies minor contributes significantly to a variety of majors such as comparative literature, history, economics, business, sociology, religious studies, environmental science, foreign languages, political science and philosophy. 

This minor encourages students to study and learn about Latin America and the Caribbean from interdisciplinary, theoretical, practical and experiential perspectives. 

This minor is the perfect bridge between my Spanish and political science majors, and it allows me to use my experiences and interests to develop a more complete understanding of the region.

Opportunities for Experiential Learning

Internship Opportunities

Students minoring in Latin American & Caribbean studies have exciting internship opportunities in a variety of organizations in Washington, D.C., the greater Boston area and Latin America.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Our students are also encouraged to live, study and intern in Latin America and are therefore prepared to live and work in foreign countries after graduation.

For example, one such internship opportunity is working on economic development for a nongovernmental agency in Nicaragua while taking courses at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua-León, Nicaragua’s oldest and most prestigious university.

Graduate & Professional School Studies

Our graduates have had a wide array of opportunities, from Peace Corps and Teach for America to pursuing doctoral degrees at schools such as Tulane University and University of California, Irvine.

Sample Latin American & Caribbean Studies Courses

Perspectives in Spanish Language and Culture I

In this course students expand their previous ability in their foreign language, and develop the ability to: when speaking, use simple dialogue of paragraph length in a series of cohesive and coherent paragraphs; when listening, understand most authentic spoken language; when writing, create a series of coherent paragraphs; when reading, acquire knowledge and new information from comprehensive authentic text.

Latin American People and Cultures

This course involves an in-depth exploration of Latin American and Caribbean culture, both historically and today. We will be investigating the interdependence between economically developed and lesser developed parts of the Latin America, the Caribbean, and other regions of the world. Students will be presented with an anthropological perspective on a range of issues related to the region, using primary cultural documents and ethnographic works to more deeply understand specific Latin American populations.

Comparative Empires: Spain and Portugal

This course is an investigation of the historical foundations and development of the Iberian Empires of Spain and Portugal, the first global maritime empires of the modern era, and evaluation of their historical significance; Columbus and the age of exploration and conquest; and the maturation and decline of the Iberian Empires.

Liberation Theology: Latin American Perspective

This course is an examination of the development of liberation theology in the historical, political, economic, and cultural contexts of Latin America’s struggle to move from colonialism to freedom. The course also explores feminist theology, ecological theology, and indigenous people’s theology that are rooted in liberation theology.

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Kirk A. Buckman

Kirk A. Buckman

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program Director
Political Science