The Latin American Studies program at The University of Montana–Missoula provides students an opportunity to study and research the history, culture, lands, art, geography and institutions of Spanish and Portuguese speaking nations of American through an interdisciplinary perspective. The growing importance of the United States economic, political and cultural relations with the Latin American region makes knowledge of Latin America and its people an essential part of a liberal arts education.
The Latin American Studies program is administered by the Latin American Studies steering committee. The interdisciplinary faculty who teach and direct research in the program, drawn mainly from the College of Arts and Sciences, are internationally known for their research and experience abroad. The program encourages and promotes travel and exchange with institutions of higher education in Latin America. Several study abroad options in Latin America are available both for a short period of time or for longer stays (one semester or two semester programs). Inquire at the Departments of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, Political Sciences and Art for details on these programs as well as at the Office of International Programs.
The Latin American studies program offers a Minor in Latin American Studies in conjunction with a major in another discipline. Students admitted to the program must register with the academic advisor of the Latin American Studies program who will review their course of study and advise on planning their course sequence. Students are encouraged to plan this option early in their studies to be able to participate in a study abroad program, if possible.
Students minoring in Latin American Studies will be prepared for graduate study or for employment in fields such as government, non–governmental organizations, business, industry, health and education.
To earn a minor in Latin American studies a student must:
Note: Participation in a study abroad program is highly recommended.
David Aronofsky, J.D., University of Texas, 1982 (Law)
Maria José Bustos Fernandez, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder, 1990 (Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures)
Hipolito Rafael Chacón, Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1995 (Art)
Eduardo Chirinos, Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1997 (Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures)
John E. Douglas, Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1990 (Anthropology)
Janet Finn, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1995 (Social Work)
Paul Haber, Ph.D., Columbia University, 1992 (Political Science)
Clary Loisel, Ph.D., University of Florida, 1996 (Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures)
Jannine Montauban, Ph.D., Rutgers University, 2000 (Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures)
Stan Rose, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1969 (Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures)
Jody Pavilack, Ph.D., Duke University, 2003 (History)
Daniel Spencer, Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary, 1994 (Environmental Studies)