Latin American Studies

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The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies coordinates the Latin American Studies minor and major concentration and offers resources and support to Loyola students and the New Orleans community.

The Latin American Studies program fosters an understanding and appreciation of Latin American culture, society, and history. Latin America, a major U.S. trading power, is comprised of 26 nations with a population of 562 million. Loyola is located in a region with many historical, cultural, and socioeconomic ties to Latin America, including an immigrant population of some 125,000 Latin Americans.

Loyola’s Latin American Studies program offers students the freedom to take classes in a wide variety of disciplines (Mass Communication, Sociology, History, Religious Studies, Spanish and Biology), as well as the flexibility to tailor their study to the specific aspects of Latin America which most compel them.

Study abroad in Latin America is encouraged and can be used to help complete either the major or minor. The program welcomes students at all levels of Spanish ability: from students with absolutely no Spanish to completely fluent, native Spanish speakers.


The Latin American Studies program is directed by Nathan Henne, Professor and Chair of LAS and Spanish. 

Participating faculty also include: 

  • Isabel Durocher
  • Hillary Eklund
  • Frank Jordan 
  • Angel Parham
  • Josefa Salmon - Emeritus
  • Robert A. Thomas