Undergraduate Program in Latin American Studies

  • Michael Pollock in Nicaragua

    Michael Pollock (Spanish major, Business Administration minor) stands in front of the Laguna de Apoyo, near Masaya in Nicaragua. Michael visited Nicaragua as part of IUP's Alternative Spring Break, helping to build houses for a community in Ciudad Sandino.

    Explore the Complex Cultural Diversity That is Latin America

    Latin America is a region of extraordinary cultural, linguistic, ethnic and religious diversity, home to more than 400 million people, and the main genealogical connection to millions in the United States.

    IUP’s Latin American multidisciplinary minor expands your awareness of this extraordinary region of the world through courses focusing on the history, literature, culture, geography, political economy, and social organization of Latin America.

    Why Latin American Studies?

    Latin America is one of its fastest growing trading partners. Governments, nonprofits, and corporations are keenly aware of the huge potential for opportunity that exists in this fast-moving landscape. They recognize the value that those who have a deep understanding of the complexity of its cultures can bring to the negotiating table.

    The World Needs Latin American Studies Students

    The Latin America of 50 years ago is not the same as the Latin America of today. The United States' position and relationship with Latin American countries is constantly changing. The need for those who have the knowledge and expertise to deal with potential internal and external conflicts is ever-present. Whether your interest is in business, culture, or politics, with a Latin American Studies minor, you expand your possibilities following graduation.

    Expected Outcomes With a Minor in Latin American Studies

    Broadly, the Latin American Studies minor will increase your knowledge and awareness of Latin American people, environment, and culture. With this knowledge comes cultural engagement, socio-political exploration, and more employment options. You will discover that employers and graduate schools are increasingly attracted to students who have cross-cultural training and experiences.

    With this minor in Latin American Studies, you will:

    • Prepare for the increasingly diverse workplace in academia, business, government, law, and politics.
    • Shape a business strategy around your major that might fulfill a need with a Latin American country.
    • Connect with your heritage so that it grounds you throughout your pursuit of career and social interaction.
    • Gain an awareness of the contributions persons of this region have made to the United States and internationally.

    The IUP Difference

    Multidisciplinary Faculty. This minor draws its faculty from across the university, covering areas of expertise such as history, geography, culture, politics, economics, and literature.

    Study Abroad. While it’s not a requirement for the minor, many students take advantage of IUP’s study abroad programs. You can complete courses through established study abroad programs in IUP-administered programs in Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico. There is no better way to understand a culture than to immerse yourself in it.