About the program
Latin American and Latinx Studies allows students to expand their awareness and understanding of Latin America, the Caribbean and Latinx communities in the United States through a curriculum of in-class and experiential requirements.
The college offers a minor in Latin American and Latinx Studies, requiring 17 credits, an experiential component, and a capstone essay.
Coursework in several disciplines, augmented by experiential learning opportunities, encourages analysis of how historical experiences, cultural expression, geopolitical processes, and the physical environment interact to influence the ways in which the region and Latin American and Latinx societies at large respond to local, regional, national, and international dynamics.
The minor is appropriate for Spanish majors who wish to add a multidisciplinary perspective of Latin America to their language studies. It is also recommended to majors in other disciplines who desire an area studies component in their curricula.
Courses include Spanish language and literature and Latin America geography and history, plus political science.
Outside the classroom
Participation in the Augustana Summer Spanish Program in Ecuador and/or the Augustana Latin American term is highly recommended. The college offers several related study abroad terms:
- The Augustana Summer Spanish Program in the Andes held each year from June through August. Students live with families while attending classes at the Center for Inter-American Studies (CEDEI) in Cuenca, Ecuador. Students also take several excursions, capped off by a 10-day trip to Peru.
- Short-Term Service Learning Programs send students to Latin America for up to three weeks on programs such as medical service in Nicaragua and Guatemala.