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International Studies: Latin America

Advisors: Sheila Carapico (Political Science), Mary Finley-Brook (Geography and Environmental Studies), Manuella Meyer (History), David Salisbury (Geography and Environmental Studies)

Core Teaching Faculty: Mary Finley-Brook (Geography and Environmental Studies), Claudia Ferman (Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies), Lazaro Lima  (Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies), Mariela Mendez de Coudriet  (Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies), Manuela Meyer (History), Ted Peebles (Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies), Jennifer Pribble (Political Science), David Salisbury (Geography and Environmental Studies)

Other Faculty Experts: Dixon Abreu (Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies), Michael A. Davison (Music), Alicia Díaz (Theatre and Dance), Kelling Donald (Chemistry), Jan French (Sociology and Anthropology), Patricia Herrera (Theatre and Dance), Javier Hidalgo (Leadership Studies), George Hiller (Business), Bedelia Richards (Sociology and Anthropology), Ernesto Seman (Leadership Studies), Rafael de Sa (Biology), Jonathan Wight (Economics)

Note: Within the concentration, the eight units must be selected from three or more departments with no more than four units from a single department. It is expected that students will study Spanish or Portuguese and undertake their study abroad experience in Latin America.

8 units, including

One introductory course on Latin America (Group A)
At least three units focusing on Latin America (Group B)
No more than two units with partial content on Latin America (Group C)
No more than two units in background courses (Group D)

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) may vary in emphasis depending upon instructor. Check before taking the class.

Courses marked with two asterisks (**) are similar in content; students may receive credit toward the concentration for only one course.

Group A: Introductory Courses on Latin America

ANTH 308 Latin America: An Ethnographic Perspective
GEOG 325 Latin American Geographies: Transnational and Local Connections
LAIS 312 Introduction to Latin American Studies
PLSC 349 Politics of Latin America and the Caribbean

Group B: Courses Focusing on Latin America

BIOL 383 Tropical Biology and Conservation
ENGL 238 Selected Readings in Caribbean Literature
ENGL 332 Literatures of the Caribbean
GEOG 333 Geographies of Amazonia
HIST 260 Colonial Latin America
HIST 261 Modern Latin America
HIST 262 The Making of Modern Brazil
HIST 265 Gender and Sexuality in Latin American History
LAIS 331-LAIS 332 Introduction to Latin American Literature, I-II
LAIS 343 Luso-Brazilian Studies: A Global Perspective
LAIS 371/FMST 371 Introduction to Latin American Film
LAIS 452 Spanish-American Poetic Texts
LAIS 472 Latin American Theater
LAIS 473 Political Action and Latin American Indigenous Film
LAIS 474 Contemporary Writing in Latin America: Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll
LAIS 475 Writing Sex and Gender in Latin America
LAIS 477 Literature of the Spanish-Speaking Caribbean
LAIS 486 U.S. Latino/a Literature **
LAIS 487 Latin America: Encounter and Conflict

Group C: Courses with Partial Content on Latin America

ANTH 307 Indigenous Peoples of the Americas
ANTH 328 Anthropology of Human Rights
ECON 211 Economic Development in Asia, Africa and Latin America
GEOG 320 Power, Space, and Territory: Geographies of Political Change
GEOG 345 Global Sustainability: Society, Economy, Nature
GEOG 370 Geographies of Economic Development and Globalization
LAIS 455 Barcelona: Text and City
MUS 117 Salsa Meets Jazz
PLSC 351 Globalization
SOC 306 Social Change in a Global Perspective

Group D: Background Courses

ECON 105 Introduction to Global Economics
PLSC 346 Politics of Cultural Pluralism
PLSC 347 Politics of Developing Nations
PLSC 356 International Political Economy
PLSC 360 International Development Policy