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Latin America and the Caribbean

Dancers celebrating Pride during a March Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Eight annual March Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Havana, Cuba. Photo by Abbie Largess ’18.


Institute for the Study of the Americas

The Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA) builds on a long-standing and distinguished tradition of scholarly interest in the diverse regions that make up Latin America, including Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, as well as the Latin American and Caribbean diaspora. It sponsors a wide variety of activities for faculty, graduate and undergraduate students and supports teaching, research and public outreach. ISA is part of the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, a collaboration between Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The consortium has been designated as a National Resource Center and Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship granting center by the U.S. Department of Education.

Featured Program

For nearly three decades, the Yucatec Maya Summer Institute has trained scholars in the modern Yucatec Maya language. The institute offers beginning, intermediate, and advanced language instruction in an intensive language environment combined with a field-based, experiential programming to provide students with a solid linguistic and cultural foundation. Students work with Maya scholars and communities through a combination of classroom activities and community engagement.
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Departments, Centers and Programs

Carolina Latinx Center
Carolina Population Center
Center for Galápagos Studies
Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Global Food Research Program
Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases
Institute for the Study of the Americas
Latino Migration Project
LatinxEd
Southern Astrophysical Research Telescope (SOAR)
The Archaeology Program at UNC
The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History
UNC Latina/o Studies Program



Programs of Study

Curriculum in Global Studies

Major concentration in Latin America

Curriculum in Latin American Studies

Major in Latin American Studies

Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies

Major in African, African American and Diaspora Studies
Minor in African American and Diaspora Studies

Department of History

Major concentration in Latin American History
Ph.D. in Latin American History

Department of Religious Studies

Ph.D. concentration in Religion in the Americas

Department of Romance Studies

Major in Hispanic Literature and Culture
Major in Hispanic Linguistics
Minor in Hispanic Studies
Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics
Ph.D. in Spanish
Minor in Spanish for the Professions
Minor in Translation and Interpreting
Major in Portuguese
Minor in Portuguese

Institute for the Study of the Americas

Graduate certificate in Latin American Studies

UNC Latina/o Studies Program

Minor in Latina/o Studies


Library Collections

Latin American Film Library
Research guide for American Indian Studies
Research guide for American Studies
Research guide for Latin American Studies
Research guide for Latina/o Studies
Research guide for Portuguese
Research guide for Spanish
Stone Center Library for Black Culture and History


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