International Area StudiesInternational Area Studies

Latin American Studies


                        latin american


Program Overview

The considerable value of an understanding of Latin America is quite evident today. The CCSU Latin American Studies Program offers a broad and flexible interdisciplinary approach designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Latin America. The curriculum leads to the B.A. or M.S. in International Studies with a concentration in Latin American Studies. The concentration in Latin American Studies is designed to help students develop a multidisciplinary understanding of culture, history, and contemporary problems of Latin America. Minors in Latin American Studies and in Caribbean Studies are also available.

An area studies approach offers a unique opportunity for students to transcend disciplinary limits and master an integrated view of the social, geographical, cultural, economic, political, and historical forces shaping a major region of the world. Students for the M.S. in International and Area Studies with a concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies will not only develop this global perspective and in-depth knowledge of one region, but they will learn to communicate across disciplines, a rare and valuable skill in whatever field they later choose to apply their knowledge of Latin America, be it teaching, government service, or business.

With faculty in a broad range of humanities and social science departments, courses with Latin American and Caribbean content attract significant enrollments each year, while special events and lectures are attended by a wide range of campus and community members. Course offerings and the overall strength of the program in Latin American Studies at CCSU is enhanced through the collaboration of the Center for Caribbean, Latin American and Latino Studies and participation in ConnLAP, the Connecticut Latin Americanists Partnership. In addition, CCSU also offers a Latino Studies Program directed by Katherine Sugg, Ph.D., English.

Dr. Mary Ann Mahony (History)
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050
Phone: (860) 832-0119

Latin American Studies Committee

Mary Ann Mahony, Ph.D., History 

Abigail Adams, Ph.D., Anthropology 

Jose Carlos del Ama, Ph.D., Communication

Garfield Blake, Ph.D., Economics 

Walton Brown-Foster, Ph.D., Political Science

Gail Cueto, Ed.D., Teacher Education

Rocio Fuentes, Ph.D., Modern Languages

Antonio García-Lozada, Ph.D., Modern Languages

Pablo Iannone, Ph.D., Philosophy

Carlos Liard-Muriente, Ph.D., Economics 

Gustavo Mejía, Ph.D., Modern Languages 

Serafín Méndez-Méndez, Ph.D., Communication 

Beth Merenstein, Ph.D., Sociology

John O’Connor, Ph.D., Sociology

Cynthia Pope, Ph.D., Geography

Luis Recoder-Nunez, Ph.D., Mathematics - Director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies

Heather Rodriguez, Ph.D., Sociology

Katherine Sugg, Ph.D., English - Director of Latino Studies Program

Lilián Uribe, Ph.D., Modern Languages


Major in International Studies with a Concentration in Latin American Studies

Minor in Latin American Studies - 18 Credits

Graduate (MS) in International Studies with a Specialization in Latin American Studies - 30 Credits



The Latin American Studies program works closely with the CCSU Center for Caribbean, Latin American and Latino Studies. It also participates in the Connecticut Latin Americanists Program (CONNLAP), based at the University of Connecticut's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Through the University’s partner institutions around the globe, CCSU students are presented with exciting opportunities to discover the world through overseas study. Living and learning in a new culture prepares students for the increasingly integrated and interdependent world around them. Students in the Latin American Studies program can apply to study abroad at any of the institutions listed below. For more information about studying abroad and for a full list of CCSU’s partner and affiliate universities worldwide, please visit the CIE.

Brazil: University of Santa Catarina (Florianopolis)

Chile: Universidad de Concepcion (Concepcion)