Latinx & Latin American Studies

A portion of the mural “Presencia de América Latina,” by Jorge González Camarena (Mexican), 1964-65.

Through an interdisciplinary course load, students who major in Latinx and Latin American Studies will critically examine the diverse histories and cultures of Latin America, the Caribbean and U.S. Latinxs. Majors will complete, in any department, a course on U.S. Latinxs, a course on Latin America, a course on the Caribbean and two courses taught in languages spoken in Latin America and the Caribbean. Required coursework also include a research/methods seminar.

DACA/Undocumented Students

“We have an obligation to ensure that all our students are able to take advantage of the educational opportunity we offer without fear for their well-being. At this moment, we are particularly focused on undocumented students and students with legal status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order. We will do everything we can within the limits of the law to support them and fulfill our promise of educational opportunity.” — President Biddy Martin

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Featured Alumni: Carlos Adolfo Gonzalez


Originally from the Dominican Republic and raised in the United States, Carlos Adolfo Gonzalez is a passionate scholar and advocate. As a DACA beneficiary, his commitment to immigrant rights is rooted in his experience living undocumented. After graduating from Amherst College in 2014, Gonzalez mobilized unlikely voters in Illinois before drafting federal policy at the U.S. House of Representatives and resettling refugees at Church World Service, one of the largest refugee resettlement agencies in the United States. He helped organize the first statewide gathering of immigrant youth in Pennsylvania and led advocacy efforts for the Pennsylvania DREAM Act. Additionally, he has written in the New York Times, The Conversation, Mitú and others on immigration and Latino affairs. He earned graduate degrees from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and Tsinghua University as a Schwarzman Scholar. Currently, he is the Statewide Capacity Building Coordinator at the Pennsylvania Immigration & Citizenship Coalition (PICC), a diverse coalition of over 50 member organizations advocating for immigrant rights. Gonzalez also serves on the Youth Panel of the International Commission on Financing Global Education, the board of the Feakins Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, the commonwealth’s leading advocacy body for its one million Latino residents. His story was featured in a CNBC documentary.