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:

Professor Jacquelyn Chase

Geography and Planning Department &Latin American Studies

530-898-5587, Butte 527

Courses offered in Spring 2017

INST 301: International Forum

LAST 110: Intro to LAST

LAST 120: Film and Culture

LAST/GEOG 357: Lands and Peoples of Latin America

HIST 381: Modern Latin America

LAST 495: Seminar in Selected Topics

SPAN 332: Latin American Culture and Civilization

SPAN 341: Intro to Latin American Literature

SPAN 442: Hispanic Theater

Beginning and intermediate language classes

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

PORT 101A and 102A


Check the Spring 2017 Schedule for class availability.


Daniel Caravez -Awarded a Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Award for 2016.

Congratulations to Daniel Caravez for being awarded a Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Award for 2016. This award, based on faculty nominations, awards students for outstanding accomplishments and extracurricular activities. 


Latin American Studies Outstanding Student

Joanna Herrera - 2016 Outstanding Student

Outstanding Student 2015

Angela Breining Outstanding LAST graduate has been accepted to UC Davis School of Law!