Latin American Studies Program

Program Description

The Latin American Studies Program at the University of Montana provides students an opportunity to study and research the history, culture, lands, art, geography and institutions of Spanish and Portuguese speaking nations of America through an interdisciplinary perspective. The importance of the United States economic, political and cultural relations with the Latin American region makes knowledge of Latin America and its people an essential part of a liberal arts education.

The Latin American Studies program is administered by the Latin American Studies Steering Committee. The interdisciplinary faculty who teach and direct research in the program, drawn mainly from the College of Arts and Sciences, are internationally known for their research and experience abroad. The program encourages and promotes travel and exchange with institutions of higher education in Latin America. Several study abroad options in Latin America are available both for a short period of time or for longer stays (one semester or two semester programs).

The Latin American Studies Program offers a Minor in Latin American Studies in conjunction with a Major in another discipline. Students admitted to the Program must register with the Academic Advisor of the Latin American Studies Program who will review their course of study and advise on planning their course sequence. Students are encouraged to plan these options early in their studies to be able to participate in a Study Abroad Program if possible.

Students minoring in Latin American Studies will be prepared for graduate study or for employment in fields such as government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), business, industry, health and education.

Requirements

The following will be requirements for a Minor in Latin American Studies:

  • Completion of a minimum of 18 semester credits in approved Latin American Studies courses (including all courses listed below in addition to special offerings) in at least three different disciplines. One of these courses must be ANTY103- Introduction to Latin American Studies (3 credits).
  • Completion of Spanish 101-201 or equivalent.

 Participation in a Study Abroad Program in Latin America is highly recommended.