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International Studies

Latin America

The International Studies Program consists of a combination of a Major and a Concentration. For those interested in Latin America, the Program would look like this:

A. A Major   (Minimum 9 courses)

This can be in Art History, History, Anthropology, or Political Science. These majors provide not only a strong disciplinary base from which to study Latin America, but also provide international and comparative perspectives expanding your understanding of Latin America in a global context. At least two courses you take in this major must focus on Latin America. Of course, you may take more.

B. A Latin American Concentration:  (Minimum 5 courses)

1. Advanced Language: Two Spanish language courses at the 300 level or above. These courses must include at least one literature course. You are encouraged to take conversation classes, but these courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

2. Study Abroad: The required study abroad experience must be directly related to the Latin American area of emphasis. The program, satisfied by one or two semesters in a study abroad program, must entail significant work in Spanish. The International Studies Program has a set of approved study abroad programs. Exceptions require International Studies Committee approval. You should discuss your plans with your advisor and receive the Committee’s approval a year in advance of the experience.

3. The Latin American Area of Emphasis: Three courses on Latin America are required. These are in addition to the two taken in the disciplinary major. You should take courses approved as Latin American International Studies courses (see the list below) from at least two different disciplines in addition to your disciplinary major. One course on pre-1500 Latin America can be substituted for one of the approved International Studies courses listed below with the consent of the International Studies Committee.

In sum, the I.S. Program totals approximately 14 courses. At least 7 of those will be on Latin America and on Spanish language/literature. You will also be credited with a major on your transcript.

Note that by the end of the sophomore year at the latest, all students will complete the form called International Studies Plan of Study. See the Majoring and Minoring page for further details.

Latin American Area of Emphasis Listed below are the approved courses on Latin America to choose from.



ANT35-344 Race, Class and Gender in the Caribbean
ANT35-354 Latina/o and Latin American Spiritualities
ANT35-764 Advanced Research Seminar in Latin American Politics

Art History

ARH71-354 Latin American Cities and Frontiers
ARH71-364 Native Books, Images and Objects
ARH71-374 Painting a New World

Communication Studies

COM75-654 New Latin American Cinema


HIS16-304 African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean
HIS16-334 Guerrilla Movements in Latin American History
HIS16-364 Colonial Latin America
HIS16-374 Modern Latin America
HIS16-654 Latin American History in Film and Literature
HIS16-664 The Mexican Revolution
HIS16-674 Colonial Indoamerican Inquisitions


PHI18-284 Latin American Philosophy
PHI18-404 Decolonial Philosophy
PHI18-484 Topics in Latin American Philosophy

Political Science

PSC32-614 Latin American Politics
PSC32-764 Advanced Research Seminar in Latin American Politics


SPA15-354 Cultures of Latin America
SPA15-504 Selected Topics in Hispano-American Literature
SPA15-514 Readings in Pre-20th-Century Hispano-American Literature
SPA15-524 Readings in Contemporary Hispano-American Literature
SPA15-614 Topics in Hispanic Film
SPA15-634 Lat Am/Conflicting Use of Art


SOC34-614 Latin American Politics
SOC34-764 Advanced Research Seminar in Latin American Politics