Interdisciplinary Studies

Latin American & Caribbean Studies Minor

Combine the humanities and social sciences to the study of languages and experience in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Latin American Studies

Your Four-Year Journey

Students often combine Latin American and Caribbean Studies with a major in Art, Biology, Economics, History, Global Health Studies, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, or Spanish.

Understand the basics of Latin American and Caribbean culture, from its history to contemporary politics. Start from the very beginning if Spanish is new to you or if you've studied Spanish before. We'll ensure you start in a suitable class to make the most of what you already know while building a solid foundation for the coming years.

Your second year is a great time to reach out to the Spanish-speaking community on campus. If you haven't already, try having lunch at a Spanish table once a week or apply to live in the Spanish house in the Max Kade Wing, where you'll speak Spanish all the time and have a native speaker for a roommate. Don't forget to declare your Latin American and Caribbean Studies minor before the end of the year!

By now, you'll be advancing your language skills and gaining rich knowledge of its culture. Nothing helps you do that more than studying in a Spanish-speaking country. Most Latin American and Caribbean Studies minors go abroad in their third year. Visit the International Education Office about your options and talk with your advisor to ensure you don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime immersion opportunity!

By now, you've had an unforgettable time abroad and you might even have a bit of reverse culture shock when you return home to Allegheny! For most students, the Senior Comp is the defining feature of their major in the fourth year. You'll start by choosing a topic related to Latin America or the Carribean. Then, a professor will work with you to refine, research, and develop it.

Joanna Berry, Alumna

Class of 2018, Biology Major/Latin American and Caribbean Studies Minor

“ Critical thinking is second nature at Allegheny. We are constantly being challenged to analyze and to defend an opinion. Having an interdisciplinary minor allows me to pull concepts and ideas together from different classes. ”