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 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 Fall 2017 Schedule for class availability.



Saturday, May 20, 2017 ~ 1 p.m. 

Interested Chico State graduating seniors and master’s candidates 
are invited to apply for this year’s celebration! 



Career Event

This career event comes to us by way of our LAST alum, Juan Alvarez, who is now USDA Hispanic Serving Institutions National Program Regional Director for Central-Northern California & Washington. Chico State students may want to learn more about programs, internships and careers with the USDA.


Distinguished Alum- Juan Alvarez

A native of the North Valley, Juan Manuel Álvarez received a B.S. in International Relations and a B.A. in Latin American Studies, with minors in Economics and Spanish from Chico State, in 2007. 


Study in Cuba this summer!