Latin American
Studies Program

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San Jose, Costa Rica / Nicaragua, Cuba, Panama, Guatemala

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When is the Latin American Studies Program offered?

Fall & Spring semesters


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Based in San Jose, Costa Rica, the Latin American Studies Program introduces students to a wide range of experiences through the study of the language, literature, culture, politics, history, economics, ecology and religion of the region. Through service learning and living with local families, students become a part of the day-to-day lives of typical Latin Americans. Students also take part in a service opportunity and travel for three weeks to nearby Central American nations. Students participate in one of four concentrations: Latin American Studies (offered both fall and spring terms); Advanced Language and Literature (designed for Spanish majors and offered both fall and spring terms); International Business: Management and Marketing (offered only in fall terms); and Environmental Science (offered only during spring terms). Depending on their concentration, students travel to nearby Central American nations including Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba and Panama.

Latin American Studies Program Courses Units
Business Concentration
Spanish Language Study 6
Perspectives on Latin American History & Contemporary Issues 3
Travel Practicum 1 - 3
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Latin American Studies Concentration (Fall & Spring)
Responses to a Third World Reality Seminar 3
Service Opportunity / Internship 3
Advanced Language and Literature Concentration (Fall & Spring)
Language & Literature Seminar 3
Service Opportunity / Internship 3
International Business Concentration (Fall only)
Business Seminar 3
Case Study Project / Internship 3
Environmental Science Concentration (Spring only)
Science Seminar 4
Field Research 2
Total Units 16 - 18