The Latin American Studies major provides a challenging interdisciplinary approach to the area involving three disciplines: Sociology/Anthropology, History and Hispanic Studies. Generally, majors participate in our study abroad program in Cuautla, Morelos (Mexico); or in the Border Studies Program along the U.S./Mexico border (recognized by the GLCA).
Earlham's study abroad programs offer first-hand experience with issues affecting Latin American societies and explore Latin America in a global context. Students live with families and devote significant time to a Field Study of their choice in addition to classes. They spend an average of 15 hours a week working and studying in a specific site, producing a final written ethnographic study. Some examples of recent field studies include work with human rights organizations, environmental agencies, schools and immigrant rights offices. These field study projects are a very important vehicle for connecting with everyday life in Latin America.