The Latino/Latina experience has long been a major force in American culture and society, indeed around the world. Latin America and the Spanish Caribbean have produced powerful literature, influential social movements, and beautiful, boldly expressive music and art.
The history of the region intersects importantly with our own—and in many ways it is our own, since generations of immigrants from neighboring countries have contributed to every facet of life in the United States. The Latino world offers fascinating opportunities to explore issues ranging from ethnic identity, to politics, to the arts. Kenyon’s Program in Latino/a Studies, introduced in 2011, takes a rich interdisciplinary approach to studying the diverse experiences of peoples who trace their origins to the countries of Latin America and the Spanish Caribbean. The program, offered as a concentration, embraces coursework in American studies, art, English, history, political science, psychology, Spanish, sociology, and women’s and gender studies. The professors include experts in modern Mexican history, international development, postcolonial studies, literary translation, immigration and border studies, and transnational feminism. Students pursuing the concentration choose from a number of core courses and a variety of electives focusing on Latino/a culture and society.