The Latin American Studies Program seeks to expand awareness and understanding of Latin American societies, cultures, and experience in the Carleton community. We offer courses, as well as both a major and a minor, that provide students with an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach with which to examine issues of politics, economic development, ethnicity, gender, religion, and cultural expression in Latin America.

The Program also sponsors lectures and other events that are open to the public, as well as providing informal opportunities for students with interests in Latin America to interact with each other and with Program faculty. For more information, please contact Professor Silvia L. López, Program Director, Maxine H. and Winston R. Wallin Professor Spanish and Latin American Studies or any of our other program representatives.


Chair: Silvia L. López, Maxine H. and Winston R. Wallin Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies,; 4240
Administrative Asst.: Mary Tatge,; 4252
SDA: Mitch Porter,

FORO Latinoamericano

Each year, students, faculty and alumni of the Latin American Studies Program convene to share in an academic experience that brings to the fore and to campus a major topic, event, and country of Latin America. Originally designed as a capstone experience for the students of the program, we have expanded the Foro to include our alumni and the program’s entire faculty in order to give it a truly communal sense. The Foro will also provide the Carleton community at large with the opportunity to participate in a major event involving Latin America.