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Study Abroad Information Sessions

Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m in SSC 150

Fridays from 2-3 p.m. in SSC 150

*Every week except for holidays, dead week, and finals week


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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.


Student Achievements

Chico State prepared me for my current endeavors as a PhD student in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at UC Santa Barbara.


International Forum Lecture

Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 4 PM in Ayers 120

Prof. Steve Lewis from the Department of History will present "Drugs, Disappearances, and Mass Graves: Mexico's National Nightmare comes to Reyna Grande's Hometown of Iguala, Guerrero."

Dr. Myrna Santiago

On Wednesday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. in PAC 134, 

Dr. Myrna Santiago, Chair, Dept. of History at St. Mary’s College will present "The Open Veins of Latin America — An Environmental History of Mining and Oil Extraction in the 19th and 20th Centuries

The Distance Between Us

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 PM in Laxson Auditorium, Reyna Grande, author of The Distance Between Us will discuss her book and her life.