Welcome to Latin American Studies
Latin American Studies
Latin American is a region of great diversity, drama, and interest. Its physical beauty and extravagance is matched by the compelling nature of its vibrant social, cultural, and political life. The region’s economic significance to us is now coming into clearer focus, and has led to Canada’s membership in the Organization of American States, a trade agreement between Chile and Canada, and the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico. A major testing ground for competing development paths, Latin American offers valuable insights into the world’s future — and sobering reflections about its past.
The multi-disciplinary courses described starting in the LAS course description section will introduce students to many facets of the Latin American reality. From literature to sport, music to politics, we will begin to understand this complex and important region, and with the help of our imaginations (and the occasional study tour), breathe in some of its excitement.
UFV offers a minor and an extended minor in Latin American Studies as part of its Bachelor of Arts program. You can also specialize in Latin American studies by completing the International and Development Studies option within UFV’s Associate of Arts degree program. For more information regarding programs within Latin American Studies please visit the UFV Academic Calendar.
Students are given the opportunity to continue their studies in Latin American through study tours and field schools. In addition, UFV has a formal agreement with the Autonomous University of Hidalgo in Pachuca, Mexico, to allow students to study at a Mexican university. Informal links exist with other universities and institutes in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Chile. In recent years, UFV students have completed a co-op education work placement in Nicaragua and in Brazil, and it is hoped that further placements can be arranged.
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For more information regarding Latin American Studies, please contact Stephen Piper by email stephen.piper@UFV.ca or by phone at 605-504-7441 ext. 4689.