Latin American Studies

Latin America is a complex and diverse region that resulted from the encounter of indigenous societies, European colonizers, and African peoples. Latin America today 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 and art history, history, Spanish, geography and others, students can begin the process of understanding these fascinating peoples and nations. The increasing interdependence of the Americas demands that students gain as much exposure as possible to the issues and forces related to the constantly changing relationships between the United States and Latin America.


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Hunter Guthrie
Hunter is from Angola, Ind., majoring in Anthropology, with a minor in Geography and a minor in Latin American studies.

Faculty & Staff


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Assistant Professor of Politics and Government
B.A., James Madison University, M.A., University Colorado at Boulder , Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder
Phone: 970.943.3025
Office Location: Kelley 205
Philip L. Crossley headshot
Professor of Geography
B.A., Trinity Western University, M.A., University of Texas-Austin, Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin
Phone: 970.943.2800
Office Location: Kelley Hall 220
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Professor of History; Director Masters in Gallery Management and Exhibit Specialization
B.A., University of Saskatchewan, M.A., Flinders University of South Australia, Ph.D., Tulane University
Phone: 970.943.7128
Office Location: Kelley Hall 225