Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies

Swarthmore’s Latin American Studies Program explores the rich diversity—as well as the similarities—among and within Latin American countries and cultures. The Program also investigates the broad dynamics shaping Latino experiences in the United States.

Participants in the program engage with a variety of disciplines to consider what defines “Latin America.” Spoken language; literature; pre-colonial, colonial, and modern history; native, immigrant, and diasporic experiences; politics; socioeconomic conditions; religion; social structures; architecture; and political borders are all considered in this far-ranging and inclusive course of study.

Students in any major may add a minor in Latin American studies. Courses from art history, history, modern languages and literatures, political science, religion, sociology and anthropology contribute to this exciting interdisciplinary program.

Most of our students spend one semester in Latin America. Studying beyond the traditional classroom walls provides students with invaluable opportunities for enriching intellectual experiences and personal growth.