Latin American Studies
Hablamos español. Falamos português. So many places of business have these signs posted, but what do they represent – besides noting that Spanish and/or Portuguese are spoken? What does that really mean for the way businesses are run today?
In the Latin American and Latina/Latino Studies minor at Bryant, you will gain greater understanding of the people and societies of the Western Hemisphere. Such understanding is crucial to participation in ongoing intra-hemispheric debates about issues such as immigration from Latin America to the United States, trade policy, and the nature of democracy.
You will learn to consider Latin American and Latina/Latino culture in the greater context of business and the U.S. government. You’ll engage in an interdisciplinary study of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking nations in the Americas and the Latina/Latino presence in the United States. You will develop an individualized minor within parameters established under the program’s general requirements by drawing from a set of approved courses in literary and cultural studies, history, and languages.
Future careers, post-grad opportunities
The study of different cultures can expand perspectives and improve communication and innovative problem solving. The critical thinking and thoughtful analysis skills you will gain from the Latin American and Latina/Latino Studies minor is beneficial to a number of professional fields, including research, teaching, human services, law, business, community development, and journalism, among others. You will also be well prepared for graduate study.
For a 12-credit minor:
One (1) 400-level course
No more than one (1) course at the 200 level
One (1) Literary and Cultural Studies course in Latin American and/or Latina/Latino literature, film, or culture
One (1) History course in Latin American and/or Latina/Latino history
Spanish language option: Students may count up to two (2) approved ML-SP courses in advanced (300 or 400 level) Spanish.
Makena Sage ’12
Growing her own business
While studying abroad at the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sage learned about an internship opportunity with RelevanSi, a communications startup in Buenos Aires. She interviewed via Skype and was hired.
The internship gave her a glimpse of the always-changing nature of international business. “Working for such a digital/virtual-savvy startup opened my eyes to just how mobile work is becoming,” she says. “The experience helped me to see that technology advances mean you can really work from anywhere these days.”
She is now growing her copywriting and Internet marketing business.