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

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 - Fall 2014

ARTH 471: Ancient Mexican Art

LAST 110: Introduction to Latin American Studies

LAST 120: Latin American Film and Culture

LAST/GEOG 357: Latin America: Land and Peoples

LAST 350/HIST 382: Modern Mexico

SPAN 341: Introduction to Latin American Literature

SPAN 441: Hispanic Short Story

SPAN 481: Film and Literature in Spain/Latin America


Beginning and intermediate language classes

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

PORT 101A and 102A


Check the Fall 2014 schedule for class availability.


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