Importance of the Program
For Majors and Minors
Prizes and Awards

Importance of the Program

Economic, political and cultural relations between the Americas and the growing importance of the Latino presence in the United States have made Latin American and Latino Studies a crucial field of inquiry for numerous disciplines. > more


For Majors and Minors

Undergraduates may either major or minor in Latin American and Latino Studies. Both programs offer an interdisciplinary approach to understanding Mexico, South America, the Caribbean and the Latin American diaspora in the United States. > more


Prizes and Awards

The Latin American and Latino Studies Program presents an annual prize for best undergraduate paper, a photography prize, and awards travel grants to both undergraduate and graduate students to conduct research in the field. > more


Latin American and Latino Studies Program News


LALS is accepting applications for  funding for Brandeis and/or community events related to Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latino communities and issues:

Link to Google Form

Or email

Commitment to Inclusion and Diversity:
The Latin American and Latino Studies Program is committed to an inclusive and diverse definition of Latin@ and other identities.  We encourage students and professionals to contemplate the history and meanings of the terms Latin America and Latino and how they apply to areas ranging from Spanish America, the Caribbean, Brazil, and diasporic communities in the United States.  Click on the link to see a thoughtful discussion led by the New York Times: 

Statement in Solidarity of #FordHall 2105: issued November 23, 2015

The Latin American and Latino Studies Program stands in solidarity with the students of #FordHall2015 in calling on the university to fulfill its social justice mission and create a more fully inclusive campus community of students, staff, and faculty. The courageous students who have taken action have inspired real dialogue and change on campus. As faculty we look forward to participating in and out of the classroom to enact change and bring about a more open and welcoming community for people of color. We also call on the administration and the Board of Trustees to respond constructively and quickly with concrete steps to bring about the transformative goals of making justice and inclusion at Brandeis true in word and deed.
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The Latin American and Latino Studies Program sponsors outside speakers, concerts, films and student presentations to help keep the Brandeis community informed about issues that impact Latin America and the Latino diaspora in the United States.