Latin American and Latino/a Studies
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.
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.
Students study a variety of subjects, including:
- Human Rights
- Culture: music, dance, art, cinema, and literature
- History and politics
- Model Organization of American States (MOAS)
- Latino/a society
The program can benefit a variety of careers, including:
- Health sciences
- International business
- International relations
- Government organizations
- 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.”
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