Latin American and Latinx Studies

Degrees Granted
BA, Minor
Degree Level
Garden City

Prepare for careers in law, education, and more with a deep understanding of the history and culture of Latin America.

The Latin American and Latinx studies BA degree is an interdisciplinary studies program.

Why Earn Your BA in Latin American and Latinx Studies?

Latin American and Latinx Studies is a diverse field that bridges the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities in the study of the Americas. With this interdisciplinary degree, you’ll be prepared for a variety of careers in international relations, international business, healthcare-related fields, teaching, politics, or law. More importantly, it prepares you to become an informed citizen with sensitivity to the wants and needs of multicultural populations.

An Adelphi student studying abroad in Guatemala.

Why Major in Latin American Studies at Adelphi?

  • Gain enhanced critical thinking in issues related to the region of Latin America in a program reflecting Adelphi’s national awards for diversity and inclusion.
  • Become an informed citizen with sensitivity to the wants and needs of multicultural populations—a critical skill that can be applied to any career.
  • Expand your studies with access to study abroad opportunities at several universities in select Latin American and Caribbean countries.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Latin American and Latinx Studies?

In an increasingly globalized world, a degree in Latin American and Latinx studies opens the door to a career in many fields requiring expertise on our neighbors in Latin America—art, business, education, journalism, law or public health. You can pursue an advanced degree to become a professor or counselor.

All About Global Studies

92%* * based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022
of our baccalaureate graduates say that Adelphi University increased their intellectual curiosity, ability and potential
based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022

I was an international studies and French double major who also minored in Latin American studies. I loved my time at Adelphi University! The classes were small and I was given the opportunity to get to know my professors and classmates well. I completed my graduate degree abroad and can safely say that I was well prepared to succeed. I’m a professional translator and interpreter now and love what I do!

Crissy Martinez-Muñoz ’06

In Spring 2022, Associate Professor Jacqueline Olvera, PhD, became director of Latin American Studies. She succeeded Raysa Amador, PhD, now professor emerita of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, who became the first head of the program in the early 1970s. Dr. Olvera began planning a transition for the program, based on review of the program over two…

Minor & Accelerated Degree Options


The minor in Latin American and Latinx studies enhances a variety of majors that prepare you for a career in law, education, justice administration, healthcare, social work and business. A minor will increase your understanding of and cultural sensitivity to people from diverse backgrounds.

Scholar Teacher Education Program (STEP)

Students in this program are also eligible to enter STEP, which allows you to earn a master’s degree and prepare for teacher certification with one additional year, saving you time and tuition costs.

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

At Adelphi, we believe strongly that hands-on learning is a critical component of preparing our students for their future careers.

Program Info

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, submit the appropriate application requirements:

Transformative Educational Opportunities

All undergraduate students have the opportunity to apply for the following programs to expand their educational landscape:

  • The Honors College – fostering intellectual perspectives and critical skills
  • Levermore Global Scholars – preparing students to become global thinkers and leaders
  • Study Abroad – providing opportunities to experience another culture and see the world from a new perspective

Awards & Recognition

Associate Professor, Director of Latin American and Latinx Studies
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Blodgett Hall 105A

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Nexus Building First Floor
  • Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm Fri: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
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