Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies Director: Gloria Estela González Zenteno (Spanish)
Office: Robert A. Jones '59 House 111, phone 802-443-5074
Office hours: Tuesday & Thursday 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., and by appointment

The Latin American Studies major blends a mix of disciplinary approaches and language training to the study of Latin America, with a broad foundation in the humanities and social sciences. It educates majors about Latin America by exposing them to the region’s cultural, economic, historic, political, and social dimensions along with its primary languages. LAS majors obtain a broad understanding of Latin America through five regional courses that span at least three academic departments and two academic divisions, study abroad in Latin America itself, and of course, language training.

As an LAS major, you will study under faculty that hail from various departments with regional specializations that encompass countries of the Andean Ridge, Caribbean, Mesoamerica, and the Southern Cone, plus Mexico. You also will develop the tools to understand Latin America on its own terms, and its place in a contemporary, globalized word. Finally, you will develop advanced proficiency in either Spanish or Portuguese through coursework at Middlebury College and at one of Middlebury’s C.V. Starr Schools Abroad in Latin America. For more information on our Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad please visit:Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad.

Sample Courses Include:

  • Economic History of Latin America (ECON 0224)
  • Trade & Foreign Aid in Latin America (ECON 0429)
  • Colonial Latin America (HIST 0106)
  • Modern Latin America (HIST 0107)
  • Modern Brazil (HIST 0288)
  • Faces of Brazil (PGSE 0353)
  • US-Latin American Relations (PSCI 0303)
  • Latin American Revolutions (PSCI 335)
  • Indigenous Peoples of the Americas (SOAN 0221)
  • Andean Civilizations (SOAN 0223)
  • Latin American Culture (SOAN 0326)
  • Modernity in Latin American Poetry (SPAN 0335)
  • Latin American Cultural Studies (SPAN 0391)
  • Marxism in Latin America (SPAN 0452)

Program in International and Global Studies

Robert A. Jones '59 House
148 Hillcrest Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753