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Latin American Studies Minor

This interdisciplinary program engages the study of Latin America from the perspectives of art, literature, culture and economics. Given the close ties between Latin America and the United States, the Latin American studies minor will uniquely situate you to speak to important issues in the U.S. such as immigration, economic development and human rights.

A common refrain from LAS students is, "How did I never learn about this before?" The discoveries you'll make in this program will prepare you to be a leader and advocate for diversity in any field you decide to enter.

Why minor in Latin American studies at Whitworth? 

  • Develop intercultural competency as you explore and embrace the diversity of Latin America.
  • Network and build community with program faculty and alumni. Our program's social media accounts connect students with faculty and alumni to discuss research, field experiences and careers.
  • Develop research and problem-solving skills as you explore the strengths and limitations of various disciplinary approaches.
  • Gain hands-on experience through experiential learning and study abroad opportunities. LAS students have worked with museums and women's rights organizations in Central America, studied human rights in Chile, and explored sustainability in Costa Rica and Panama.
  • Expand your language skills and prepare for postgraduate opportunities. You'll be expected to study in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.
  • Get to know your professors. Benefit from personalized advising, faculty-led study abroad programs and faculty-sponsored research presentations.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our Latin American studies grads make a difference (and get jobs)

Whitworth Latin American studies graduates are prepared with a broad skill set that bolsters any major or career interest. Graduates have gone on to careers in public policy, healthcare, education and ministry.

Recent job placements include:

  • Karen Fierro, community equity advocate, Rainbow Center
  • Jessica Langdon, client assistant, Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law
  • Hannah Tweet, associate director, La Florida: The Interactive Digital Archive of the Americas

Our recent Latin American studies grads further their studies in top graduate programs at institutions including:

  • University of Oregon
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Seattle University
  • Baylor University
  • University of South Florida, St. Petersburg

Ask our faculty

Ask Katherine

Associate Professor Katherine Karr-Cornejo's areas of expertise are Latin American studies, Chilean literature and culture, and women's and gender studies.

Jake Rapp

Ask Jacob

Associate Professor Jacob Rapp's specialties include Latin American studies, Mexican literature and culture, and women’s and gender studies.

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