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:

Jacquelyn ChaseProfessor, Geography and Planning Department &Latin American Studies

530-898-5587, Butte 527

Courses Fall 2016

ARTH 474: Ancient Andean Art

INST 301: International Forum

LAST 110: Intro to LAST

LAST 120: Film and Culture

LAST/GEOG 357: Lands and Peoples of Latin America

LAST 350/HIST 382: Modern Mexico

SPAN 332: Latin American Culture and Civilization

SPAN 341: Intro to Latin American Literature

SPAN 451: Literature of Mexico

Beginning and intermediate language classes

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

PORT 101A and 102A


Check the Fall 2016 Schedule for class availability.


Outstanding Latin American Studies Student

Angela Breining, Outstanding Latin American Studies Student 2015

Jean-Claire Peltier

Jean-Claire Peltier has over 6 years of experience studying and working in Latin America. Her travels to the continent began at age 18, when she moved to Trujillo, Peru, to work in the education program of an NGO called Supporting Kids in Peru (SKIP). 


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.