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Latin American and Latino Studies
Latin American and Latino studies offers an exploration of the history, culture, and contemporary affairs of a vast region of the Americas.
Why Choose a Minor in Latin American and Latino Studies?
Our program enables you to explore this dynamic region in an interdisciplinary way. By minoring in Latin American and Latino studies, you will become immersed in the exploration of the complex histories, diverse landscapes, and vibrant cultures of Central and South America, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the United States.
What You’ll Study
Our Latin American and Latino studies minor focuses on significant student-faculty interaction. Courses range from broad overviews of Latin American and Latino politics and modern Latin American and Latino history to focused studies of pre-Columbian art and Chicano and Latino popular culture, and are offered by a wide variety of departments and programs, including art, Hispanic studies, history, international affairs, music, and sociology and anthropology, among others. We are also committed to student-faculty research. Some recent research topics are representations of Mapuche identity through poetry and hip-hop and alternative publishing networks in Latin America.
All of our students are required to spend at least one semester on an overseas program. You can choose from six programs in Latin America with a Spanish language focus:
Outside the classroom, the Keck Interactive Learning Center is a language center and community area that is packed with linguistic and cultural resources. Every year, our program hosts a variety of cultural and academic events featuring invited scholars, artists, and activists on themes related to the region.
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What Students Are Saying About Lewis & Clark
What Can You Do With a Minor in Latin American Studies?
Our alumni use their minor in Latin American and Latino studies in a variety of endeavors. In addition to receiving Fulbright and other grants to teach English or do research in Latin America, our students pursue careers in education, academia, public health, media, cultural exchange, and other fields.
Our expert professors are your expert mentors. You will learn directly from faculty (no graduate assistants here!) that are nationally recognized in their fields of study and who love to work with and learn from their students. Your professors will inspire you to be a thoughtful and passionate participant in a diverse world. Your small classes will support you as you explore new ideas, find your voice, and speak your truth.
of our students are from countries other than the U.S.
nationalities represented in our undergraduate student body
first-generation students at Lewis & Clark College
Invest in Yourself
A private liberal arts education is often more affordable than you think. Last year, Lewis & Clark distributed over $74 million in assistance from institutional, federal, state, and private sources. Additionally, we’re so confident that our first-year students will graduate with their bachelor of arts degree in four years that if you don’t, we’ll cover the extra semester of tuition.
Find Your People
The student-led Spanish Club organizes activities like salsa lessons, movie nights, and attending plays in Spanish. One of the oldest journals at L&C, Polyglot gives the opportunity to students of all levels to publish their work in Spanish.
Where Lewis & Clark Will Take You
Latin American and Latino Studies Events
Mexico’s 2001 Oscar nominee for best film depicts “three interlinked stories that span the social classes in Mexico City…with a nod to Pulp Fiction…It is the work of a born filmmaker” (Roger Ebert). Introduction by Associate Professor Freddy Vilches, of the Hispanic Studies Department.
Elliott Young Op/Ed: “New art exhibition raises questions about policing in Portland” in Portland Tribune
LC Professor of History Elliott Young has a new Op/Ed in The Portland Tribune entitled, “New art exhibition raises questions about policing in Portland.”
Elliott Young is professor of history at Lewis & Clark College and the author of “Forever Prisoners: How the United States Made the World’s Largest Immigrant Detention System.”