Latin American Studies


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, and Latin American Studies Program Co-Coordinator ( Website:

Abigail Adams, Ph.D., Anthropology ( Website:

Jose Carlos del Ama, Ph.D., Communication (

Garfield Blake, Ph.D., Economics ( Website:

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 ( Website:

Gustavo Mejía, Ph.D., Modern Languages ( Website:

Serafín Méndez-Méndez, Ph.D., Communication ( Website:

Beth Merenstein, Ph.D., Sociology (

John O’Connor, Ph.D., Sociology (

Cynthia Pope, Ph.D., Geography ( Website:

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

Heather Rodriguez, Ph.D., Sociology ( Website:

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

Lilián Uribe, Ph.D., Modern Languages (


Minor in Latin American Studies

18 credits, including HIST 281, 282; GEOG 434, 436 and 6 credits from the following: ANTH 428; ECON 435; GEOG 459*; HIST 493*; HUM 490*; IS 240; 245; 490*; SPAN 261, 316, 376

In addition, students will use 6 credits from the following to satisfy their General Education requirements, except when exempted: SPAN 125 and 126 or SPAN 225 and 226.

* Courses can be used to satisfy program requirements with the approval of the program coordinator. Courses taken as part of this minor may not also be used to fulfill requirements of the student's major. Note prerequisites where applicable.

Minor in Caribbean Studies

18 credits including IS 240, 245, GEOG 434, and 9 credits from the following: ANTH 428, ECON 435, GEOG 459, PS 420, SPAN 316. Note prerequisites where applicable.

Students selecting these minors must register with the program coordinator.



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's website.


University of Santa Catarina (Florianopolis)


Universidad de Concepcion (Concepcion)