Minor in Latin American Studies at The College of Wooster Latin American Studies is a multidisciplinary approach to Latin America and the Hispanic Caribbean, with Spanish and/or Portuguese language study and off-campus study that gives students a deep knowledge of the area. Students who minor in Latin American Studies spend a summer, semester, or year studying in a department-approved study-abroad program.  This firm grounding in the history, cultures, and languages of Latin America allows students from any major to bring a wider global perspective to their work.


Katherine Holt

Katherine Holt

Associate Professor of History; Latin American Studies; Global and International Studies Department Chair; Liaison to Digital and Visual Storytelling Pathway


Michele Leiby

Michele Leiby

Associate Professor and Department Chair of Political Science; Latin American Studies


Hernam Medina Jimenez

Hernán Medina Jiménez

Assistant Professor of Spanish; Global and International Studies; Latin American Studies


Cynthia Palmer

Cynthia Palmer

Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies; Department Chair


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Angela Sponsler

Administrative Coordinator of Political Science, Global and International Studies, History, Latin American Studies


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Contributing courses are not restricted to the region’s geographic limits but also include the experiences of diasporic communities as well as courses that provide a broader theoretical perspective to help students understand Latin Americans’ diverse lived experiences.
This firm grounding in the history, cultures, and languages of Latin America will allow students from any major to bring a wider global perspective to their disciplinary projects.

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