Central American Studies

  • CAS faculty
  • FASO Libre conference (Douglas Carranza)
  • Central American Studies Class of 2014
  • Frente Indigena, May 1
  • Garifuna Dance Company
  • Solelinda's event
  • Students who worked in community service go camping.

Central American Studies

Welcome to Central American Studies

The Department of Central American Studies has a tri-fold mission: to empower the large and growing Central American community in the United States by promoting academic excellence, community involvement, and cultural diversity; to open spaces of global citizenship and dialogue between academia and society that contribute to the construction of a Central American transnational identity; and to promote an understanding and appreciation of the diverse Central American cultures, ethnicities, experiences, and worldviews from an interdisciplinary global perspective.

CAS Class of 2016

CSUN Professor Beatriz Cortez’s ‘Nomad World’ Art Exhibit Offers Kaleidoscopic View of Multiculturalism

Beatriz CortezCalifornia State University, Northridge Central American studies professor, Beatriz Cortez, challenges viewers to explore the various psychological and physical realities of multiculturalism with her latest mixed media interactive art exhibition.

The show, “Nomad World,” currently at the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, includes five sculptures/installations on display through March 12. Nomad World - Beatriz Cortez - continues

2016 Latin American Film and Art Festival

Friday, November 18, 2016 - 6:00pm to Monday, November 21, 2016 - 7:00pm

Oviatt Library

The Latin American Festival is taking place at California State University Northridge from November 18 through 21, 2016. The four day event will feature films highlighting some of Latin America's most talented filmmakers, including entries for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Academy Awards. Read more

EOP Free Speech Event

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

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CSUN EOP invites you to celebrate and exercise your First Amendment right at its annual EOP Free Speech event, which will take place on Wednesday, October 26th at Matador Square from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Read more

Sexuality, Gender Diversity and Feminism in the Americas

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm


Guests: Maria Gabriela Del Pilar Blanco  and Paola Martucci Gómez. In Venezuela, there have been considerable rights won and guaranteed for the majority poor and historically marginalized communities especially for women and the LGBTQ community. On October 25th, 1999, former president Hugo Chavez created the National Women’s Institute (InaMujer), to guarantee equal opportunity and promotion of participation of women of all backgrounds. Read more