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Latin American Studies Minor

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The Latin American and Latinx Studies (LAXS) program coordinates the minor and major concentration in Latin American Studies 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.

Course Offerings Information

Students can use the course section search (LORA) system to find courses that are eligible for the Latin American Studies Program. Before declaring a Latin American Studies minor, please contact the program director.  

Latin American Studies Contact Information

The Director of Latin American Studies is Pablo Zavala, Ph. D., Assistant Professor
Office: Bobet Hall 309
Campus Box: 118
Phone: (504) 865-2760

Participating faculty also include:

  • Blanca Anderson
  • Gustavo Barboza
  • Isabel Durocher
  • Hillary Eklund
  • Tiago Fernandes Maranhão
  • Caroline Good
  • Isabel Duarte-Gray
  • Nathan Henne
  • Frank Jordan
  • Erin McCullugh
  • Mark Mossa
  • Diana Soto-Olson
  • Naomi Yavneh


See an overview of the program's curriculum and requirements.