Latin America encompasses many different cultures, languages, and traditions. In fact, a comprehensive study of the region necessarily leads to knowledge and understanding of a diversity of lifestyles and behaviors that defies the many stereotypes frequently used to categorize Latin Americans. From Mexico to Argentina and throughout Brazil and the Caribbean one can observe the interactions that link the pre-modern, the modern, and the postmodern cultures. For example, many Amazonian Indians continue to practice ancient rituals while using advanced information technologies to defend their land rights against multinational pharmaceutical and oil companies. Syncretism and plurality are indeed the bedrock of Latin American societies which, in turn, have become models for dealing with the many challenges of globalization, be they economic, political, or cultural.
The Latin American and Caribbean Studies program at UT offers students a broad sampling of courses from numerous academic disciplines which focus on the region's complexities. A major and minor are sponsored by the joint efforts of professors from such departments as Anthropology, Geography, History, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, Political Science, and Sociology. Study abroad in Latin America is strongly encouraged, especially summer programs run by UT faculty or other approved possibilities offered by the Programs Abroad Office (PAO).
For more information, contact LAC@utk.edu.