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

Department of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 

530-898-4063, ARTS 352

Courses offered in Fall 2017

HIST 480 Social Revolutions 

INST 301: International Forum

LAST 110: Intro to LAST (2 sections)

LAST 120: Film and Culture

LAST/GEOG 357: Lands and Peoples of Latin America

LAST 350/HIST 382 Modern Mexico

ANTH 437 International Development and Globalization

ARTH 471 Ancient Mexican Art

LAST/MUSC 305 Music of Latin America

SPAN 202 Fourth Semester Spanish

SPAN 202N Spanish for Spanish Speakers

SPAN 301 Grammar and Composition

SPAN 332 Latin American Culture/Civilization

SPAN 341 Intro to Latin American Literature

SPAN 441 Hispanic Short Story

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 2018 Schedule for class availability.


Outstanding Student

Latin American Studies Outstanding Student: Ana Zepeda

Ana Zepeda

Ana Zepeda- Outstanding Latin American Studies Student

Study in Cuba this summer!