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: Dr. Hannah Burdette

Office Hours: MW 1:45-3:15 and Tth 11:00-12:00

Department of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 

530-898-4063, ARTS 352

Latin American Studies Courses Fall 2018

Beginning and Intermediate Language Courses:

SPAN 101-202 (check course schedule for more information)

Lower-Division Courses:

LAST 110: Introduction to Latin American Studies / Prof. Hannah Burdette

TTh 5:00-6:15 / Glenn 312

LAST 120: Latin American Film and Culture / Prof. Sarah Anderson

MWF 11:00-11:50 / Glenn 123

LAST 226: Latin American Philosophy / Prof. Susana Boxall

MWF 11:00-11:50 / Langdon 105

*new course

Group A Courses:

ARTH 441W: Ancient Andean Art / Prof. Matthew Looper

T 5:00-7:50 / Ayers 201

MUSC 305: Music of Latin America / Prof. Hope Munro

MWF 9:00-9:50 / Performing Arts Center 134

*new course

SPAN 341: Introduction to Latin American Literature / Prof. Rony Garrido

TTh 12:30-1:45 / O’Connell 120

*Course prerequisites: SPAN 301

SPAN 481: Film and Literature in Spain and Latin America / Prof. Pilar Álvarez

TTh 5:00-6:15

*Course prerequisites: SPAN 301 and SPAN 341 or 342

Group B Courses:

LAST 350: Modern Mexico / Prof. Jerrad Benedict

TTh 12:30-1:45 / Performing Arts Center 206

Group C Courses:

LAST 357: Lands and Peoples of Latin America / Prof. Scott Brady

MWF 12:00-12:50 / Butte 203

INST 301: International Forum / Prof. Anthony Waters

T 4:00-4:50 / Ayers 120

*1 credit only

ANTH 437: International Development and Globalization

MWF 10:00-10:50 / Butte 327 

Check the Fall 2018 Schedule for class availability.





DeYoung Museum - San Francisco

Latin American Studies and History students in San Francisco on a trip to the DeYoung Museum for an exhibit on Teotihuacan

Maya hip-hop artist Tzutu Kan

Maya hip-hop artist Tzutu Kan visits Dr. Hannah Burdette’s capstone course on Latin American Counterculture and the Art of Protest.

Outstanding Student

Latin American Studies Outstanding Student: Ana Zepeda

Ana Zepeda

Ana Zepeda- Outstanding Latin American Studies Student