• Latin American Studies

    The goals of the Latin American Studies program are to strengthen knowledge of Spanish and Latin American/Latino culture, to prepare students wishing to major in Spanish, Latin American Studies, international studies, and other social science-related fields at a senior college.

  • The Liberal Arts: Latin American Studies option leads to an Associate of Arts (AA) degree, and addresses the need for student preparation in the areas of Latin American, bi-cultural studies with prospective applications in the fields of education, diplomacy, business, cross-cultural studies and health care. Therefore, the curriculum is conceived as a structure for guiding Liberal Arts students toward career and professional goals early in their academic experience. 

  • LaGuardia has a tradition of opening the doors to higher education and the professions for nontraditional and ethnic and language minority students. This option follows in that tradition by creating a transfer path to baccalaureate programs in Latin American Studies and related fields. Nationally, the field of Latin American Studies has steadily expanded since its creation in the early 1920's. There are now one hundred and fifty-six U.S. colleges and universities that offer such programs. Among CUNY senior colleges, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, Lehman, Queens, and York offer a major/minor in this field.

    According to the 2000 U.S. Census, Latinos have become the largest and fastest growing ethnic group in the United States. As American society becomes increasingly pluralistic and multiethnic, there is a pressing need to prepare teachers and other professionals who are fluent in languages other than English and who demonstrate an understanding and familiarity with cross-cultural issues. Hence, the Latin American Studies curriculum will begin to develop proficiency in Spanish for non-native speakers and will enhance linguistic sophistication for heritage students, while strengthening cultural literacy.

    LaGuardia’s Liberal Arts: Latin American Studies option is articulated with John Jay College for Criminal Justice, and many of students also transfer to City College.

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    In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation.

    Your Advising Team is made up of faculty, professional and peer advisors. They will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:

    • Explore your major
    • Select introductory and advanced courses
    • Connect you with campus support services
    • Prepare an educational and career plan

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    Please note: Students will be held to the program and degree requirements of the year that they enter the College, unless the student changes their major in a different academic year. In that case, the student will be held to the current year requirements as listed in the catalog. Learn more.

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    Use the Degree Map and DegreeWorks to assist in academic planning and creating your own graduation plan in ePortfolio. See a full list of Flexible Core courses on the Pathways page.

    For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.

    Learning Communities are groupings of two or more courses, often surrounding a common theme. There are two types of Learning Communities, Clusters (consisting of three or more classes) and Pairs (consisting of two classes).


    Learning Communities can help you:

    • Make connections among courses
    • Form a community with your classmates
    • Work closely with faculty
    • Be more successful in your courses
    • Be more likely to stay in school and graduate

    Continuing students are encouraged to select a Cluster or Pair in their second semester.


    Recent Learning Community Themes include:

    • American Cultural Identities in Poetry, Prose, Beats and Rhymes
    • Technology, Power and Freedom: Building your Digital Identity
    • Truth, Lies and Video
    • Alienation and Inquiry

    Review Liberal Arts Learning Communities for the current semester.

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    This course invites you to consider a topic in an interdisciplinary manner, drawing on the various courses you have taken as well as experiences outside of college; therefore, it is recommended that this capstone course be taken in your last semester. The themes available for this class the course varies from semester to semester—previous themes include "American Museum," "Epidemics," "Genocide," "Modern Medical Practice," and "Performance and Disability." Review LIB200 themes for the current semester.


    Click here to view the LIB200 themes