Latin American Studies

The Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program introduces students to the study of diverse cultures and peoples of Latin America and their diaspora-movements.

Students in Latin American and Latino/a Studies develop an integrated understanding of the cultures and histories of Latin America, as they complete a program based on various disciplines, including art, anthropology, history, Hispanic studies and literature, political science, sociology and music. The minor’s interdisciplinary approach provides a broad awareness of the complex set of relations that have shaped Latin America and the lives of its people across continents. The curriculum also affords students the chance to study Latino and Hispanic American populations within the United States.

The Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program is part of a wider, interdisciplinary effort at Wheaton to develop an appreciation and broader understanding of the diversity and dynamism of cultures in Latin America, the U.S. and the world.

For more information, contact:

Francisco Fernandez de Alba, coordinator.


Latin American minor worksheet

The minor consists of five courses as described below. Those interested should consult the coordinator and/or participating faculty to design their program.

Language competence

Language competence at the advanced level of Portuguese or Spanish (for Spanish, the equivalent would be passing HISP 220).

Additional courses

Five courses selected from at least three of the five disciplines listed below. At least one of the five courses must be at the 300 level or higher.


ANTH 235 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
ANTH 245 Indigenous Movements of Latin America


ARTH 255 Art and Ritual of the Ancient Americas

Hispanic Studies

HISP 270 Studies in Latin American Culture: Cuba and the Pursuit of Freedom
HISP 280 The Hispanic World: Introduction to Latin American Culture
HISP 300 Spanish Practicum Internship

Special courses are also offered occasionally on women writers from Latin America and other topics.


HIST 216 Caribbean Worlds
HIST 217 Mundo Brasileiro
HIST 219 Norte y Sur: Modern Spanish America
HIST 220 Latinos in the U.S.
HIST 339 Slavery in the Americas


MUSC 212 World Music: Africa and the Americas
MUSC 223 Music of South America and Mexico
MUSC 224 Music of the Caribbean Basin: A Continent of Islands

Political Science

POLS 233The Politics of Latin America
POLS 273 Inter-American Relations
POLS 333 Popular Movements and Religious Sentiment in the Americas


SOC 285 Latino Community

Matthew Allen

Professor of Music

John Bezis-Selfa

Associate Professor of History; Chair of the History Department

Francisco Fernández de Alba

Professor of Hispanic Studies

Gerard Huiskamp

Professor of Political Science

Domingo Ledezma

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

Hector Medina

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

Montserrat Pérez-Toribio

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies; Coordinator of the Hispanic Studies Program; Co-director of Mellon Study Away Program in Miami

Julie Searles

Instructor of Music, Director of World Dance

Mary Beth Tierney-Tello

Professor of Hispanic Studies

M. Gabriela Torres

Professor and Chair of Anthropology; Co-Coordinator, Public Health Program

A. Javier Trevino

Professor of Sociology