Latin American and Latino/a Studies

  • Minor

Knowledge of Latin America and its people, including those in the U.S., is an essential part of a liberal education today. Latino/as now constitute the most populous ethnic group in the country. U.S. economic, political, and cultural relations with our Latin American neighbors − from Mexico and the Caribbean to Central and South America − continue to grow in importance.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

The Latin American and Latino/a studies (LAS) minor is for the student who wishes to learn more about the fascinating history and diverse cultures of Latin America and the experiences of Latino/as in the United States. The minor complements most majors and professional programs, making a variety of career opportunities available. Minors can participate in a number of study abroad programs. Visit gvsu.edu/pic for more details.

Coursework

Students study a variety of subjects, including:

  • Human Rights
  • Culture: music, dance, art, cinema, and literature
  • Geography
  • History and politics
  • Model Organization of American States (MOAS)
  • Latino/a society

Career Options

The program can benefit a variety of careers, including:

  • Biology/ecology
  • Health sciences
  • International business
  • International relations
  • Government organizations
  • Spanish/education
  • Tourism
  • Social Work

Why Study Latin American And Latino/A Studies at Grand Valley?

  • Prepares students for an increasingly diverse world of peoples, cultures, religions, and economies.
  • Is a gateway to gaining communicative and intercultural skills in a global economy.
  • Provides Grand Valley students and faculty with study abroad opportunities and rich cultural opportunities, and opens the door to an exchange with Latin American students and faculty.
  • Encourages student participation in Latin American and international student organizations on campus, and via internships in the West Michigan Latino/a community.
  • Purely and simply, makes you a well-rounded person!

The Latin American studies minor blended with my interests and the courses covered a variety of topics. The minor worked well with my study abroad program and I feel it really contributed to my understanding of the history and cultures of Latin America and Latinos in the United States.

JANE NEWTON
ADVERTISING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS ALUMNA

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