Latin American Studies

Faculty & Staff


Brian Bernhardt, Ph.D. headshot
Associate Professor of Politics & Government
Phone: 970.943.3025
Office Location: Kelley Hall 205
Philip L. Crossley, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Geography
Phone: 970.943.2800
Office Location: Kelley Hall 217
Heather Thiessen-Reily, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of History; Director of Master in Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization
Phone: 970.943.7128
Office Location: Kelley Hall 225

  • Minor


Latin America is one of the most dynamic regions in the world in terms of economic growth, political interaction with the U.S. and the preservation of natural and cultural resources.

The minor in Latin American Studies provides students an opportunity to study this field from a variety of disciplinary angles. By employing the tools of various disciplines, including art, history, Spanish, geography, politics, economics and anthropology, students can begin the process of understanding these fascinating peoples and nations. The increasing interdependence of the Americas demands that students gain exposure to the issues and forces related to the constantly changing relationships between the United States and Latin America. 

Sample Courses

  • Art of Mesoamerica and the Andean Region of South America
  • Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean
  • History of Latin America
  • Beginning Spanish I & II
  • Cultural Ecology
  • International Economics and Globalization
  • Comparative Politics