Mac alumnus receives Fulbright scholarship to study in the United States
Diego Melo, from Bogotá, Colombia, has received a four-year Fulbright Foreign Student Program award to pursue graduate study.
Working with cops and the community, police liaison Isela Xitlali Gómez ’13 wants every voice to be heard.
Macalester professor receives Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars
His project is titled, Equator Imagined: Commemorating Geodesic Science in the Andes.
Macalester professor receives two grants to support research next year in Latin America
Geography Prof. Eric D. Carter was given both an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship and a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award.
Chispa Grant in Action II
Supported by a Latin American Studies Chispa Grant in November 2013, Elsa Goossen ’15 traveled to Fort Benning, Georgia for the annual vigil and protest against the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC).
Muñoz receives Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship
Alicia Muñoz, an assistant professor in Hispanic Studies, has received the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for junior faculty.
Why Latin American Studies at Mac?
The Latin American Studies (LAS) program thrives at the intersections of social science, the humanities, and the arts, and values scholarly, testimonial, and creative work by Latin American writers and artists. LAS provides a vibrant forum for students to develop core skills in interdisciplinarity, language, communication (written, oral, and visual), argumentation, comparison, theory, research design, and civic engagement.
The major culminates in an integrative capstone experience, often rooted in fieldwork conducted in Latin America. Each capstone is shared in a publication or presentation in the United States or Latin America. LAS provides outstanding preparation for professional careers, graduate studies, competitive fellowships, and community-based work in Latin America.
What's the Difference between Hispanic Studies and Latin American Studies?
The Department of Hispanic Studies combines the study of Spanish and Portuguese languages with courses in literature, linguistics, and cultural studies that engage social concerns, artistic movements, and historical transformations. Courses are taught primarily in Spanish and Portuguese. By contrast, the Latin American Studies Program (LAS) is an interdisciplinary area studies program. LAS includes many Hispanic Studies courses, as well as courses in Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, and Political Science.
Latin American Studies Chispa Grants provide a chispa—a spark—to help LAS students initiate community projects related to their academic work, to host guest speakers in relation to an LAS senior project, or to present at conferences.
Tips for First-Year Students interested in LAS
- Email Professor Ernesto Capello at firstname.lastname@example.org, communicating your interest, so you can stay informed about LAS events.
- Take an introductory (141, 151, 171 or 181) or intermediate (200-level) LATI course.
- Take a Spanish course, such as HISP 101, 102, 110, 203, 204, 220, or 305. If already proficient at the 305 level, consider HISP 307 or Portuguese or French.
- Check out the LAS faculty bios to see which professors work in disciplines that interest you.