The University hosts a number of lectures, symposia, workshops, teach-ins, seminars and student project presentations on Latin America throughout the year.

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Bucknell's Latin American studies program brings together 13 faculty members from nine social science and humanities departments and programs

Bucknell's Latin American Studies Program

is a member of the International Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and of the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP)

Examine essential questions about human rights, responsibilities, values, inequality, social justice. Have your assumptions challenged, and challenge those of others. Preparing students for the global world and creating global citizens is at the heart of the Latin American studies program.

Our faculty, whose expertise ranges from environmental studies to international relations, encourage all students to travel and participate in service-learning trips. The Latin American studies program offers both a minor and major, and all students become proficient in Spanish.

Did You Know?

Nearly all majors and minors study abroad in a Latin American country.

Bucknell sponsors visits and residencies by Latin American writers and scholars.

Most majors and minors become fluent in Spanish.

Bucknell has extensive library holdings of books, periodicals, films, and videos on Latin America that provide a rich resource of material for students.

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Clare Sammells

Assistant Professor

Clare Sammells

"Tourism is a form of capitalism, and that is what interests me: How do people actively confront these kinds of global flows and try to turn them to their advantage?"

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Paul Susman


Paul Susman

"The question I'm concerned with is what affects the wellbeing of people in a particular place. I'm most concerned with people who are the most marginalized or disenfranchised, who are the poorest.'

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Hands-on Experience

Outside the Classroom

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to spend at least one semester of study in Latin America. Students have studied in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and Mexico.


Get Involved

Student organizations such as O.H.L.A.S (Organization of Hispanic and Latin American Students) offer opportunities to learn more about Latin America's diverse cultures and to participate in activities focused on Latin American issues.



Internships with publications and organizations that focus on Latin America are available to highly qualified students.


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