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Latin American Studies Program
Raymond Lodge, Second Floor
Martin Camps, Ph.D.
Program Director
College of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Latin American Studies Program

The mission of the Latin American Studies Program at Pacific is to create an academic environment that engages faculty and students in the interdisciplinary study of Latin America and Latino(a) culture, via invited lectures, films, workshops, round tables and other cultural events as well as the minor in Latin American Studies. Stockton has an important Hispanic presence in the California Central Valley and we should engage with the community to help shape and understand their role as the leading demographic group in the present century.

Chicana Poetry

Professor Claire Joysmith from the National Autonomous University of Mexico gave a lecture about Chicana Poetry as part of Pacific's National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. She is the author of Cantar de Espejos: Poesia Testimonial Chicana de Mujeres, an anthology of Mexican-American literature featuring poetry written by Chicana women authors. This is the first anthology of Chicana poetry in Spanish to be published anywhere, in Latin America or in Spain.  

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTSStudents pose in front of a mural in the San Francisco Mission district

  • Minor in Latin American/U.S. Latino Studies
  • Scholarships for Intensive Summer Language Immersion in Guatemala
  • Enhanced leadership and career opportunities
  • Spanish tutoring & Conversation Tables
  • Latin American Films
  • Field trips


The interdisciplinary minor in Latin American and US Latino studies is designed to provide students with linguistic and cultural competencies that will deepen their intellectual experience while providing a competitive edge in any profession.
A faculty adviser will help each student plan an individualized course of studies within the framework of the minor. Students choose a focus (a concentration in Latin America or U.S. Latino Studies or a combination of the two) in accordance with their academic interests and professional goals. Students who enter the program without a high intermediate level of Spanish may need to complete foundational language courses prior to enrolling in some required courses.

Who can benefit from a minor in Latin American / U.S. Latino Studies?
Students majoring in Business, Economics, Pre-Law, Natural Sciences, Art or Theater. Future healthcare workers, Speech and Language Pathologists, Educators, Psychologists, Social Services and Law Enforcement Professionals. Anyone who is interested. Anyone who is looking for a way to enhance their resume.