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2023-2024 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Latin American and Latino/a Studies

For additional information about opportunities your college offers, please refer to the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies section in this catalog.


Knowledge of Latin America and its people, including those in the United States, is an essential part of a liberal education today. Not only is the Latino population of West Michigan growing rapidly, but Latinos now constitute the most populous ethnic group in the United States. In the meantime, 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.

Study Abroad

A sister university agreement with the Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, México, provides Grand Valley students and faculty with opportunities for prolonged study abroad and opens the door to an exchange with Mexican students and faculty. New agreements with institutions in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America are constantly being pursued. Consult the Padnos International Center or the Latin American and Latino/a studies coordinator for information on international internships and other study abroad opportunities in Latin America.

Program Requirements

The following programs are available:

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