Carroll Latin American Studies Students

Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies Minor

GuatemalaThe growth in the Hispanic population in the United States and expanding trade relations throughout the Americas give students with a Latin American Studies (LAS) minor a clear advantage when entering the job market. Students emerge from the LAS minor with experience living in an Hispanic community, fluency in Spanish and a critical and informed perspective toward the multiple aspects of Latin American societies. The program provides a rigorous study of Latin American affairs, furnishing students with a thorough understanding of the people, history, conditions and aspirations of this region of the world.

Students complete practical and theoretical projects, with a focus that may range from political science to linguistics and theology to biology.

About this program

This program provides a rigorous study of 1) Latin American affairs, 2) the acquisition of Spanish, 3) completion of practical and theoretical projects pertinent to specific student and faculty interest and expertise (i.e., history, political science, Hispanic linguistics, Hispanic literature, economics, theology, biology, comparative literature, comparative education, anthropology or sociology). Our objective is to provide its participants with a thorough perspective of the people, history conditions and aspirations of this region of the world. The methods of evaluation applied to the various components of the program will aim to foster a critical and transformative experience for the participants. Students will emerge from the LAS minor with experience in an Hispanic community, fluency in Spanish and a critical and informed perspective toward the multiple aspects of Latin American societies. Both written and oral language use in the classroom and laboratory will focus on Latin America.

Considering the growth in the Hispanic population nationally and the expanding trade relations throughout the Americas, this minor will make our graduates more marketable in an era of rapid globalization. Moreover, we are broadening our offerings of global diversity courses and generating greater cultural understanding among our general undergraduate students.

ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES IN LATIN AMERICA

The American Institute for Foreign Study
AmeriSpan Study Abroad
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
International Studies Abroad (ISA)

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES IN LATIN AMERICA

AmeriSpan Study Abroad
Experiential Learn Abroad Trips (ELAP)
Homeless Child (Volunteer Program in Honduras)
International Studies Abroad (ISA)
Let's Go Volunteer (Volunteer Program in Colombia)

Sarah Potucek"I decided to study Spanish and volunteer in the Dominican Republic for 3 months. It was such an amazing experience that I actually added 2 more weeks to my trip and changed my flight 3 days before I was originally scheduled to leave. The decision to study Spanish and earn a minor in Latin American Studies stems from my desire to gain a deeper understanding of the cultural differences I will encounter as a nurse working in the United States." -Sarah Potucek, Nursing and Spanish major

"EWB USA Carroll College Student Chapter has been working over the past five years at the orphanage Santa Maria Del Mexicano. We have completed a waste water treatment system consisting of a detention lagoon, tilapia tanks (a fish farming operation derived from this project), and a flood irrigation system." -Fluvio Lobo, Engineering major

"Experiencing the welcoming culture of the Hondurans, the delicious tortillas and ballads, the music, the dancing, the slow pace, the families, the colors, the everyday lifestyle, was a beautiful and challenging world to jump into." -Cindy O'Boyle, Health Sciences major

10 reasons

to choose carroll college for this program

  1. Commitment to academic excellence
  2. Small class size
  3. Undergraduate research opportunities
  4. Community Involvement
  5. Faculty dedicated to students
  6. Post-graduate success
  7. The great outdoors is your backyard
  8. Numerous study abroad opportunities
  9. Opportunities for internships
  10. Professors that know you personally

Latin American Studies flyer

For more information about the Carroll College Latin American Studies program, contact Dr. Tomas Graman at tgraman@carroll.edu or 406.447-4362.