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Latin American and Latina/o Studies

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Best-selling authors. Chart-topping musicians. Award-winning actors. More importantly, mothers, fathers, co-workers, neighbors, and friends. In the United States alone, there are 50 million human reasons to be interested in Latin America. Our brothers and sisters from neighboring Mexico to the bottommost regions of Chile and Argentina, as well as the Iberian Peninsula, represent the fastest growing segment of our population. By 2050, one-third of the country’s citizens will be of Latin American descent.

Latin American and Latina/o Studies at PC offers you an opportunity to select courses from a range of academic disciplines — anthropology, foreign language studies, global studies, history, political science, secondary education, and sociology — to better understand a dynamic and complex region of the world whose fascinating cultural and demographic influences extend globally.​

Sure, you’ll be introduced to important historical figures and learn about events that shaped the world beyond the borders of nearly two dozen countries. But, you’ll also better understand you or your neighbor’s family history, how your co-worker’s political values were shaped, and why the Catholic Church is thriving in Latin American countries — invaluable cultural understanding tools for success in an increasingly diverse world.

​Student News

Emily Ascherl ’20 Works with the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Name

For her Fr. Philip A. Smith Student Fellowship for Study and Service Abroad, Ascherl spent six weeks in Tucumán, Argentina, with the Dominican Sisters of Tucumán teaching English in several schools run by the sisters.

Ann Kleinschmidt ’19 Serves with the Tucuman Dominican Sisters in Argentina

Kleinschmidt selected Tucumán, Argentina, as her destination as a Fr. Philip A. Smith Fellow to pursue a potential career path that she had never been able to fully explore: teaching. At this location, she taught at several local schools within the city center and in the greater Tucumán community, as well as in Chasquivil, a small community nestled in the beginnings of the Andes Mountains.

Taylor Gibson ’17: Latin American Experiences Deepen Advocacy for Immigrants

When Gibson arrived at Providence College as a Liberal Arts Honors Program student, she became acquainted with the opportunities the College offered to study and live in Latin America.  She took three global service-learning courses, two to Mexico and one to Nicaragua, studied abroad in Peru, and completed a Fr. Philip A. Smith, O.P. Student Fellowship for Study and Service Abroad in Argentina. 

Latin American and Latina/o Studies Student Earns Fulbright

Emily M. Kennedy ’15 spent a year abroad thanks to a Fulbright award. Kennedy, a global studies major who minored in Spanish, political science, and Latin American studies, received a Fulbright ​Re​search Grant to study a social movement to improve water access in a rural community near Buenos Aires, Argentina.