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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.

As part of Pacific's Latino Heritage Month celebration, Mexican writer Luis Arturo Ramos will give two lectures on October 6.


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.

Cullen Endowed Scholarship

The Cullen Scholarship was established by generous donations from former students to honor Professor Dr. Arthur J. Cullen, who served as Provost of the Spanish-speaking cluster college from 1963-1970, known as Covell College. Dr. Cullen nurtured the hope that with time and working together, the peoples of the world could break through the barriers of intolerance, misunderstanding and distrust of those "different" from themselves and thus foster unity in the world community. The Scholarship hopes to help current students of the School of International Studies and the Latin American Studies Minor strive toward Dr. Cullen's vision. Six students have been awarded this scholarship since 1995.

Will Matthews


"I would like to take this opportunity to extend my deepest gratitude to the College of the Pacific for recognizing my hard work and supporting my academic journey; reminding me that financial circumstance should never to be an obstacle to learning and success." - Will Matthews



Heather Pugh


"I am forever grateful for having been selected to receive the Arthur J. Cullen Endowed Scholarship.  I was awarded the scholarship the year I studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador to pursue my interest in Latin American studies; the timing couldn't have been better to help me finance my educational goals!" - Heather Pugh



Enhanced Career Opportunities
The minor in Latin American / U.S. Latino Studies provides graduates the high level of cultural and linguistic competency sought after by employers in all fields. Gain the competitive advantage by adding the minor to your degree.