About the Minor
Latin American Studies is an exciting interdisciplinary minor. Traditional
disciplines (such as history, sociology and literature) are organized
into a program of study so that the student may learn more about this
important part of the world.
Latin America is made up of many countries from the Rio Grande to
the South Pole. In those countries are found many different and dynamic
cultures. For example, the best of the modern age can be found in
the huge metropolitan centers of Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Mexico
City. And the best of the ancient civilizations which still survive:
the Maya of Mexico and Central America and the Inca of South America.
The minor is offered by a very varied faculty from different backgrounds.
There are classes in sociology, history, Spanish language and literature,
offered on a regular basis. In addition, there are courses offered
in art, music, media and migration.
A program of Latin American Studies is highly recommended in combination
with such majors as International Business, International Studies
or Social Work. In fact, any areas in which the college graduate will
be working in the future will be working in the future will encounter
Spanish speaking people from a Latin American origin.
This interdisciplinary major is offered as a cooperative effort between
the School of American and International
Science and the School of Social Science
and Human Services.
Special Programs and resources at Ramapo College related to Latin
The Selden Rodman Gallery of Popular Arts :
Houses in permanent collection works from the Americas and the Caribbean.
Latin American Video Archives:
A unique and special collection of popular videos reflecting life
in contemporary Latin America.
Students may spend a summer in Costa Rica studying Spanish. There
are also specialized programs such as the tropical studies program
in Costa Rica.
Organization for Latino Unity:
A student organization supported by the faculty and staff which sponsors
dances, lectures and other events of special interest to Latinos.
North American Institute:
A new research group made up of faculty who are studying new links
between Mexico, the United States and Canada.