Latin American Studies

El Castillo, Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Chichén Itzá is the site of an ancient Maya civilization located in the northern Yucatán peninsula of Mexico.  This Pyramid, called El Castillo, is a temple at the center of the settlement, known as the temple of Kukultan.

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La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

One of the most well-known barrios in Argentina, La Boca is famous for its colorful houses, its independent traditions, and the caminito , a pedestrian street filled with tango performances, clubs, theatres, and taverns.

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Latin American Studies Senior Celebration

Latin American Studies Senior Celebration

May 5, 2011 Rachel Snyderman '11, Phoebe Stockman '11, Nicole Herrera '11, and Maya Perez '11, at the Latin American Studies Senior dinner.                     

Latin American Studies Senior Celebration

Latin American Studies Senior Celebration

May 5, 2011 Maya Perez '11, Nicole Herrera '11, and Gabi Lopez '11 at the Latin American Studies Senior dinner.  Next year, Maya will be with Teach For America Houston, Nicole will be in Buenos Aires, and Gabi will be at a law firm in Washington, D.C.

Latin American Studies Senior Celebration

Latin American Studies Senior Celebration

May 5, 2011 Joy Renjilian-Burgy (Spanish), Katie Judd '11, and Lois Wasserspring (Political Science) at the Latin American Studies Senior dinner.  Each Spring, the Latin American Studies program recognizes senior majors with a dinner and celebration.                     

Latin American Studies Senior Celebration

Latin American Studies Senior Celebration

May 5, 2011 Rachel Snyderman '11, Phoebe Stockman '11, Nicole Herrera '11, Maya Perez '11, Gabi Lopez '11, Joy Renjilian-Burgy (Spanish), Katie Judd '11, and Lois Wasserspring (Political Science) at the Latin American Studies Senior dinner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Called the "cidade maravilhosa," or marvelous city , Rio de Janeiro is a city of contrast.  It is home to beautiful beaches as well as steep hills; opulence and poverty coexist.

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Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu is nestled on a mountain ridge 7,970 feet above sea level.  Situated 50 miles northwest of Cuzco, these Incan ruins were an important imperial site from 1400 A.D. until the Spanish Conquest a century later.

 

Ernesto "Che" Guevara

Ernesto "Che" Guevara

Of Motorcycle Diaries and Cuban Revolution fame, Che Guevara is one of Latin America's most well-recognized revolutionaries.  "El Che" fought for political and social equality, and his image has become an iconic political symbol.

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The Latin American Studies major is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the Latin American experience through an interdisciplinary program of study.

The goals of the major are:

  • To enable students to acquire an in-depth multidisciplinary knowledge of the political, economic historical, and cultural development of the major regions of Latin America: Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean Basin.
  • To familiarize students with classic works on Latin America, and the ways in which various disciplines have contributed to understandings of its culture, politics, and history, as well as with newer and challenging perspectives on the region.
  • To train students in the acquisition of critical analytical skills for understanding and evaluating the diversity of realities in both past and present Latin America.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Latin American Studies Program
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
 

Alejandra Osorio
Program Director
aosorio@wellesley.edu
 

Tel: 781.283.2914