Latin American Studies

Pair with any bachelor’s degree

Studying the politics, geography and culture of Latin America opens the door to a rich history and gives you a competitive edge with employers who value professionals with multicultural perspectives in an increasingly diverse world.

Program Overview

Develop a multicultural perspective of the world.

The Latin American Studies minor will offer you the opportunity to gain a multidimensional perspective of the field and world. By employing the tools of various disciplines—including art, history, Spanish, geography, politics, economics and anthropology—you can begin the process of understanding Latin American people and nations. Through comprehensive coursework—from international economics and globalization—to the history of Latin America, you can begin to understand the complex relationship between the United States, Latin America and the rest of the world. A minor in Latin American Studies is complementary to any degree and will prepare you for a successful career in international business, law, journalism and teaching.

Cultural connections

The Latin American Studies minor combines art, history, Spanish, geography, politics, economics and anthropology coursework to provide students with a well-rounded understanding of Latin American people and nations.


Code Title Credits Description
ART 421 Art of Mesoamerica and the Andean of South America 3 View
ECON 303 International Economics and Globalization 3 View
GEOG 351 Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean 3 View
HIST 260 Latin American History (GT-HI1) 3 View
HIST 360 Mexico 3 View
POLS 255 Introduction to Comparative Politics (GT-SS1) 3 View
SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I 3 View
SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II 3 View
SPAN 341 Latin American Civilization and Culture 3 View


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Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

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Get Involved

Expand your community and your network.

There are so many ways that you can maximize your educational experience at Western. Take advantage of these opportunities to advance your career.

  • Multicultural Center: Immerse with students from many cultures on campus and participate in community service and organizing cultural events.
  • Volunteering: Students serve at Gunnison County’s Multicultural Resources and Project Hope to provide support for local Spanish-speaking individuals searching for additional resources to succeed in life.
  • Internships: Recent students have interned with local government agencies and businesses to analyze current economic data.
  • Model United Nations: Compete in the National Model United Nations event in New York City.
  • Study Abroad: Travel to India, Ecuador, Prague, London, Italy or Belize through Extended Studies.

Global perspectives

As part of the Latin American Studies program, students study the economic, political, historical and cultural aspects of Latin America. This is examined from the perspectives of people, trade, development, finance, and the environment.

Department Chairperson

Greg Haase, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology, Department Chair of Behavioral & Social Sciences Department

Contact Information



Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Kelley Hall 240
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231