Latin American Studies
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 2015
ANTH 268 Indigenous People of Latin America
ARTH 474 Ancient Andean Art
LAST 110 Intro to Latin American Studies
LAST 120 Latin American Film and Culture
LAST 357 Lands/Peoples/Latin America
HIST 381 Modern Latin America
SPAN 332 Latin American Culture/Civilization
SPAN 341 Intro to Latin American Literature
SPAN 443 Hispanic Novel
Beginning and intermediate language classes
SPAN 101, 102, 201, 202, and 201N (for native speakers)
PORT 101A and 102A
Check the Spring 2015 schedule for class availability.
Chico State prepared me for my current endeavors as a PhD student in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at UC Santa Barbara.
Student Awarded Internship at the Smithsonian Institution
Latin American Studies major Olivia Van Damme has been awarded with an internship at the Smithsonian Institution for the summer of 2015. This is a very competitive and prestigious award. Olivia will be working on a collaborative project with Dr. Gabriela Perez-Baes in Anthropology and Dr. Vicki Funk in Botany at the Smithsonian in Washington DC.