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:

Sarah Anderson, International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures & Latin American Studies

LAST Course Offerings - Fall 2015

LAST 110 Intro to Latin American Studies

LAST 120 Latin Film and Culture

LAST 350 Modern Mexico

LAST 357 Lands/Peoples/Latin America

ARTH 471 Ancient Mexican Art

ANTH 437 International Developmental Globalization

SPAN 332  Latin American Culture/Civilization

SPAN 341 Intro Latin American Literature

SPAN 452 Viewing Caribbean

SPAN 471 Women and Lit in Hispanic World

 Beginning and intermediate language classes

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

PORT 101A and 102A


Check the Fall 2015 schedule for class availability.


Outstanding Latin American Studies Student

Angela Breining, Outstanding Latin American Studies Student 2015

Liz Elizondo

Latin American Studies Graduate currently a PhD candidate in Colonial Latin American history at the University of Texas at Austin.


Student Awarded Internship at the Smithsonian Institution

Latin American Studies major Olivia Van Damme has been awarded with an internship at the Smithsonian Institution for the summer of 2015.  This is a very competitive and prestigious award.  Olivia will be working on a collaborative project with Dr. Gabriela Perez-Baes in Anthropology and Dr. Vicki Funk in Botany at the Smithsonian in Washington DC.