Latin American Studies

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Made up of thirty-two independent nations and seventeen overseas dependencies, Latin America and Caribbean are both the product of a tumultuous past and a site of constant reinvention. Once the home of hundreds of distinct languages and cultures, this fascinating region has witnessed centuries of dramatic changes: from the Iberian invasions of its indigenous heartlands to the Haitian Revolution, from the struggles to build independent nation-states in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to more recent efforts to preserve national independence against international pressure.

At the University of Toronto Mississauga, students of Latin America and the Caribbean find faculty whose geographic, thematic, methodological, and linguistic expertise reflects the complexity of this diverse region.  We offer a variety of undergraduate classes, drawing on our particular strengths: the history of modern Latin America; democracy and constitutional change in Latin America; the sociology of race and ethnicity; Spanish language and Latin American literatures; Haitian creole and French creoles (St. Lucian, Dominican, Martinique, Guadeloupe); U.S.-Latin American relations; the Andes, Brazil, the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, Central America; and visual culture in Latin America. Latin American and Caribbean Studies affiliates faculty and students from across the Humanities and Social Sciences, offering UTM’s students and researchers a range of intellectual resources for studying this important region and its relationship with the rest of the world. Thinking and acting both hemispherically and locally, Latin American and Caribbean Studies engages in outreach activities—including public lectures and debates, art exhibitions, film screenings, and occasional guest appearances on local Latino radio stations—that serve as bridges between the university and the Hispanic, Latino, and Caribbean communities of the GTA, attracting and grounding an adventurous cadre of students and faculty

This program offers an exploration of Latin America and the Caribbean and their diasporas, drawing on a range of disciplinary approaches. Through diverse course offerings, students can study Latin American and Caribbean history, languages, politics, societies, cultures, religions and geographies. The program is geared toward building an engagement with the region(s) as well as with their communities in Canada and the United States. Students may take courses offered by a number of departments that focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. As a complement to the student's other chosen programs, the Minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies can prepare students for careers in a competitive global context in which the greater part of the Western Hemisphere plays an increasingly important role.