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.
The Latin American studies program draws upon developed resources in Yucatán and Peru, as well as those coordinated through the International Education Office at Millsaps.
Latin American Studies lends itself to double-majoring, because students build an area of expertise that complements majors in numerous in fields, from literature and language, to environmental and social sciences, to the business, public service, and non-profit sectors, as well as nursing, medicine, and numerous health-related career paths.