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Latin American, Latinx & Caribbean Studies

Latin American, Latinx & Caribbean Studies

Through a multidisciplinary approach, Latin American, Latinx & Caribbean studies majors explore the diverse, multilingual, multiethnic regions of Latin America and the Caribbean and the cultural, linguistic and sociopolitical characteristics of the Latin American immigrant populations in the United States.

Students apply different methods of inquiry from various perspectives and disciplines to gather information, evaluate arguments and analyze complex issues.

Strategic advantages of choosing to study LALC at Dickinson

  • Interdisciplinary approach that allows students to combine diverse interests in the region
  • Application of a variety of methods of inquiry
  • Develop critical thinking and intercultural communication skills 
  • Compare and contrast regional and cultural differences
  • Become proficient in French, Portuguese and/or Spanish with language study and study abroad experience
  • Engage with Latino/a communities in the U.S.

Contact Info


Elise Bartosik-VelezProfessor of Spanish


Madeline BrownAcademic Department Coordinator






219B, Denny Hall, Denny Hall Mailing Address

Department Features

Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here


  • EcoViva
  • Urban Technology Project
  • CCS Fundraising
  • Linkage
  • ShermansTravel Media LLC
  • EIC Agency
  • City Year, Inc.
  • Bilingual Education for Central America

Graduate Schools

  • Vanderbilt University
  • Brown University
  • Georgetown University
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • UNLV
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • The New School
  • American Public University System
Where Our Students Have Interned
  • AFYA
  • Church World Service
  • National Defense Fund/Community Coalition
  • National Women's Business Council
  • Valley Youth House
  • Municipal Government of Tena
  • Summer in the City
  • Third Millennium Alliance
  • U.S. Army War College/Strategic Studies Institute
  • Valley Youth House

Student Perspectives

"I was drawn to American studies because of its interdisciplinarity; the major encompasses a fusion of ideas that cover history, literature, political science and more. American studies is not exclusively a study of America. The major emphasizes a transnational focus, which complements the work in my Spanish major and minor in Latin American, Latinx & Caribbean studies. I am constantly drawing connections between all of my classes and beyond, which has stimulated fascinating ideas that are readily applicable to contemporary events." 

— Emerlee Simons ’24

Latin American, Latinx & Caribbean Studies News

Student Snapshot: Emerlee Simons ’24

Student Snapshot: Emerlee Simons ’24

Meet Emerlee Simons ’24, an All-American student-athlete, Baird Sustainability Fellow and Dialogues Across Differences student-coordinator.

Janel Pineda

Janel Pineda '18 Awarded Prestigious New Americans Fellowship

A published poet and daughter of El Salvadoran war refugees, Janel Pineda '18 is pursuing a Ph.D. at UCLA and aspires to bring healing and community to migrant families through the arts.

Recent Arts Residencies Explore Potent Themes Through Sight and Sound

Recent Arts Residencies Explore Potent Themes Through Sight and Sound

In recent weeks, Dickinson has welcomed visiting artists to campus to serve impactful residencies. Here's why that's so important for our arts students and for the whole college community.

Dickinson College to Host Lecture on Great Books for a New Generation

Dickinson College to Host Lecture on Great Books for a New Generation

Roosevelt Montás, a renowned academic and senior lecturer at Columbia University, will deliver Dickinson’s annual Morgan Lecture.

Student Snapshot: Maria Smith

Student Snapshot: Maria Smith '22

From presenting original research at a national convention to mentoring first-generation students and studying abroad in Malaga, Spain, Maria Smith ’22 has made the most of her Dickinson experience.

Six More Dickinsonians Earn Fulbright Awards

Six More Dickinsonians Earn Fulbright Awards

Dickinson's long history of Fulbright success continues with students becoming English Teaching Assistants across Europe and in Brazil.