Welcome from
Dr. Yajaira M. Padilla

Thank you for visiting the home page of Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS), an interdisciplinary area and ethnic studies program in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. The LALS program provides in-depth exposure to the key geographic regions, historical trajectories, social modes, languages, and political, economic, and cultural systems of Latin America and the Latino U.S.


For all of the most recent events posted on Newswire for the Latin American & Latino Studies program or to see our personal archive of events that we have sponosred, please visit our events page.

News & Events Page


Students wishing to maximize their potential for academic, professional, business, non-profit, or government careers related to the area, may earn a co-major in Latin American and Latino studies together with a primary major in another discipline in Fulbright College. This co-major can compliment a major you are already committed to and offer perfect overlap with gaps in many of your other classes.

See how to combine with your existing Major


Regardless of your major, the LALS minor may be earned in combination with any major across the university. For students interested in exploring topics surronding Latin America and Latino/as living in the United States, you can find several classes that will align with your interests and compliment your academic career. You can earn a minor taking electives you may have already been considering.

See how other students chose this Minor