Latin American and Latino Studies Program

(The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, formerly the Division of Social Science)

Professor Sherrie Baver, Director • Program Office: NA 6/108 • Tel: 212-650-7497

General Information

The City College offers the following undergraduate degree in Area Studies:


Programs and Objectives

Students examine the histories and contemporary civilization of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean and Latin American region as well as the role of colonization, modernization and globalization, in the nation-building and identity formation experiences of its people. Courses also explore the diversity and of Caribbean and Latin American cultures, their shifting economics, geopolitics and multi-racial societies. Courses also explore the historical role of Latin American-US immigration and the contribution of these Diasporas to the US and to the nations of origin.Students also receive the necessary skills to obtain employment or enter graduate schools to pursue advanced degrees in anthropology, economics, history, political science, sociology, ethnic studies, international studies, law and international law, Latin American studies, social work, bilingual education, health and other disciplines.

To permit students to complement their education in other majors with a knowledge of Latin America and the Latino communities of the U.S., the program also offers a minor in Latin American and Latino Studies.

The following list of courses should be viewed as a helpful guide but not the only courses offered each semester that are relevant for Latin American and Latino Studies. Students majoring or minoring in LALS should consult with the Program Director and the Schedule of Classes each semester.