The United States has a population approaching 300 million people and covers roughly 3.5 million square miles. Latin America has a population approaching 600 million people and covers roughly 8 million square miles. Yet we habitually think of Latin America, with its rich tapestry of cultures so deeply interwoven with our own, as the "other" America. The Latin American Studies program at Hamilton challenges such mental borders by allowing students to see this emerging, energetic and often contradictory region through new eyes.
While the Hispanic studies program focuses broadly on Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. Latino/Latina literature and culture, the Latin American studies minor offers a narrower and more intense exploration of the history, culture and politics of Latin America itself — the more than 40 nations and independent states that stretch from Mexico and Caribbean in the north to the distant reaches of Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of the Americas.