About the program

By deepening their professional and personal experience about Latin America and Caribbean culture, students will be able to integrate a multidisciplinary approach to analyze social issues surrounding this vital and historically fascinating region.  

Why explore Latin American and Caribbean studies at Roanoke?

Imagine it. Writers and artists from this region meet the complexities of their world with profound imagination. Exposure to such creative possibilities expands a student's view-both of what is and of what is possible.

The big picture. The creative, political and social aspects of these regions are often closely linked, which allows students distinct insights to the interplay among factors that influence a culture. Roanoke's program draws from perspectives across campus, from Public Affairs and Business to Literary Studies and Sociology.

Insight. There is a surprising lack of knowledge in the United States about this dynamic region. Yet, an understanding of its culture has implications in careers that range from journalism to advertising, environmental advocacy to government work.

Firsthand learning

Students in the Latin American and Caribbean studies concentration have recently traveled to Cuba, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica for research opportunities. Their research has ranged from the economic role of Mexican sweatshops to the legality of prostitution in Guatemala to the literature of Latin American writers living in the United States. Learn more.  

What's next?

Studies in Latin America and the Caribbean can lead to jobs in journalism, advertising, environmental advocacy, education and government work. Recent students from Roanoke's program have pursued graduate school at Arizona State University, University of California Los Angeles and University of San Diego.

Program requirements

The Latin American and Caribbean studies concentration

Student Researcher Walks Across the U.S.-Mexico Border

Student Researcher Walks Across the U.S.-Mexico Border

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