Latin American studies majors and minors gain a holistic understanding of a region that is economically, politically, and culturally vital to the United States. The Latin American studies program at Millsaps builds upon the College’s substantial presence in the region and offers an integrated approach to the study of Latin America’s human and ecological diversity. The program provides a broader perspective than would be possible by taking classes within a single department. Students who major in Latin American studies enjoy careers in business and government and also with nonprofits, immigrant rights associations, and fair trade organizations due to their intimate knowledge of that specific part of the world. Careers in medicine and law also benefit from understanding the cultural heritage of the U.S. population that is Latino.