Latin American Studies

Major in Latin American Studies

Minor in Latin American Studies

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Latin American cultures encompass music, dance, food, the arts, religion, and strong familial traditions. Against this vibrant cultural backdrop, Latin America is trying to live down a history of underdevelopment, dependency, and inequality. Fledgling democracies across the region are pursuing various ways to address these deeply rooted problems, ranging from neo-liberal capitalism to socialism and populism.

Latin American Studies offers a major and a minor that provide an interdisciplinary perspective on this vibrant and diverse region of the world, with a special focus on Mexico and Central America. A major or minor in Latin American Studies is a valuable complement to a major in such related fields as anthropology, foreign language, geography, history, international relations, and political science.

The Latin American Studies program allows you to study with experts in the region from departments across the campus. It can help prepare you for a variety of careers in our rapidly globalizing world, including business, education, journalism, sustainable development, recreation and travel. In addition, it can enhance your job opportunities with both government and non-governmental agencies.

Students are highly encouraged to take advantage of CSU, Chico Study Abroad opportunities in Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico.

For more information, contact:

Steve Lewis, History and Latin American Studies

LAST Course Offerings - Spring 2014

ANTH 268: Indigenous People of Latin America 

ARTH 472: Maya Art

HIST 381: Modern Latin America

HUMS/CHST/FLNG 254: Chicano Arts and Ideas

LAST 110: Introduction to Latin American Studies

LAST 120: Latin American Film and Culture

LAST/GEOG 357: Latin America: Land and Peoples

SPAN 341: Introduction to Latin American Literature

SPAN 454: Chicano Literature

Beginning and intermediate language classes

SPAN 101, 102, 201, 202, and 202N (for native speakers)

PORT 101A and 102A


Check the Spring 2013 schedule for class availability.