• Overview
  • Faculty
  • Advising
  • Off-Campus Study

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Overview

Ripon College offers a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. The study of Latin America and the Caribbean is a vibrant field that draws on a wide range of liberal arts and sciences disciplines, including anthropology, archaeology, art history, economics, history, literature, politics and government, religion and sociology. Our students learn not only about a vast region of crucial importance to the United States, but they also develop the ability to analyze complex social and cultural issues from multiple intellectual perspectives.

This interdisciplinary approach casts new light on old problems and unexamined assumptions, and it encourages students to be creative in designing a course of study, travel and research that best suits their interests.

The adventure begins with our gateway course, “Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies” (LAC 201).


Program Spotlight

Faculty

Brian Bockelman

Brian Bockelman

Associate Professor of History, Chair of History Department

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Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Professor of Religion, Charles and Joan Van Zoeren Chair in Religion, Ethics and Values, Chair of Religion Department

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Geoff Guevara-Geer

Geoff Guevara-Geer

Associate Professor of Spanish

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Soren Hauge

Soren Hauge

John Barlow Murray ’37 and Nellie Weiss Murray ’37 Professor in Economics, Assessment and Accreditation Coordinator

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Travis Nygard

Travis Nygard

Associate Professor of Art, Director of the Caestecker Gallery

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Advising

Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty advisor based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty advisor throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

Advising at Ripon.

Off-Campus Study

Ripon students study history in overseas programs in Spain, France, Germany, Costa Rica, China, Zimbabwe, the Czech Republic, and many other destinations around the world. The London-Florence program is particularly exciting for Ripon history students.

Those interested in advanced historical research pursue their interests at the Army War College or at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Ripon faculty members regularly lead Liberal Arts In Focus experiences. One of many is a trip to southern France, led by history professor Diane Mockridge and Spanish professor Michelle Fuerch, to study the history of the Albigensians, a heretical sect against whom the king of France led a crusade in the 13th century.

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off- Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.

Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.