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Why Latin American and Latino Studies?

As a neighboring region, Latin America has always been a crucial area of interest for the United States. The region's fundamental importance has been highlighted recently by several significant issues and events.  

These include: migration from Latin America to the U.S., political instability related to economic policy shifts, recent "democratization" of many of the region's political systems; implementation of NAFTA and the emergence of  a “free trade” agreement for the Americas; the development of liberation theology; the growing strength of women’s movements; and the rise of indigenous based social movements.

For students with a strong interest in the peoples, politics, social conditions and cultures of Latin America, the concentration in Latin American and Latino Studies can open the door to a challenging and rewarding career as a Latin American specialist. 


Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Dr. Robert Kolesar
    Phone: 216-397-4559

  • Dr. Maria Marsilli
    Phone: 216-397-4174

    LASC Co-coordinators
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