Latin American studies is a dynamic, interdisciplinary area of study that focuses on Latin America and the Caribbean: their peoples, cultures, society, languages, literature, traditions, history, economy, and relations with other areas.

Faculty

Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines through writing and research. They are committed to undergraduate education and teach everything from first-year seminars to advanced courses.

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Department Overview

Latin American studies is a dynamic, interdisciplinary area of study that focuses on Latin America and the Caribbean: their peoples, cultures, society, languages, literature, traditions, history, economy, and relations with other areas. Together with Hispanic studies, comparative American studies, and comparative literature, it is one of four academic programs available at Oberlin for students interested in studying the wider Spanish-speaking world.

Students majoring in Latin American studies explore the region from different disciplinary perspectives—from history to politics and literature to anthropology. In addition to Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, we encourage majors to incorporate coursework and other areas of Spanish colonization in North America. We also study the peoples of Latin American ancestry currently living in the United States.

Oberlin students graduating with a major in Latin American studies have chosen a wide range of career paths including teaching, bilingual education, social work, government or international organizations, business, journalism, and specialized nonprofit organizations. Coursework also prepares students for further graduate education in Latin American studies or its related disciplines.

Latin American Studies News

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Winter Term in Oberlin: 2020

February 24, 2020
Winter Term is a time of year when Oberlin students are encouraged to conduct independent or group projects outside of courses related to their majors. Pursuits can be done on or off campus with students choosing to work almost anywhere on the map. This year we highlight some of the work by the more than 900 students who completed projects in Oberlin.
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A Conversation with Baron Pineda

October 17, 2018
A cultural anthropologist specializing in human rights and indigenous peoples, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies Baron Pineda is one of seven scholars advising Facebook on the challenges of enforcing community standards.

Latin American Studies Facilities

Peters Hall

Peters Hall

World language classrooms and offices for academic services and programs are found in this picturesque building completed in 1887 and renovated in 1996.
Rice Hall

Rice Hall

Rice Hall holds faculty and academic department offices for the social sciences and the humanities.
lounge area with sofa chairs and mural.

Spanish House (La Casa Hispánica; Harvey House)

La Casa Hispánica, officially known as Harvey House or Spanish House, is a Program House for students interested in learning and speaking Spanish. Up to 30 students of any class year can live here.