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Featured Spring 2022 Course

Dr. David Ader, “Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Challenges in Guatemala” (AGNR491) / Tuesdays, 4:30-5:45pm

This semester course and one week (Spring Break) field trip are intended to provide an overview of the many agricultural and natural resource issues facing rural communities in Guatemala.  The trip will expose you to local projects and initiatives, from the highlands down to the coastal plains, intended to improve the situation of local communities and reduce extreme poverty.  The course is designed to provide insight into the difficulties of sustainable agricultural development and natural resource use, and provides you a chance to see a variety of ecosystems and agricultural production systems.

Dr. Dawn Duke, “Behind the Camera: Images of Black Lives through Latin American, USA, and Latinx Documentaries” (LAC402) / MWF, 4:45-5:35pm

The Latin American documentary serves as the main tool in this course to reflect on Africa’s legacies in the Hispanic Caribbean islands, Brazil, as well as in North America. It will serve to focus our attention on the Afro-Descendant community in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking continental and islands territories, as well as their diasporas in North America, especially the United States. This course will also include important historical, socio-cultural perspectives based on readings that speak to the documentaries and also provide the background information and analysis of specific experiences throughout time. History, Black Activism, the Women’s Movement, and distinguished icons whose contributions to their communities and nations are well-recorded prove crucial for this course. The countries under scrutiny include Colombia, Cuba, Brazil, the USA, and the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Beau Gaitors, “History of Mexico: From Aztecs to Chapo” (HILA/LAC 343) /  T/R 1:10-2:25pm

Despite its proximity, Mexico remains a mystery to many citizens of the United States. In this course we explore the history of Mexico from the Aztecs to the present day. The class format consists primarily of lectures and discussions. Thus, our examination of Mexican history will not be a simple exercise in rote memorization, but rather an opportunity to think critically about the historical dynamics that, in many ways, laid the foundation for modern Mexico. By the end of the course, students should be able to articulate (in writing and in discussion) a critical understanding of historical themes in Mexico and the constructions of its history.

Other Courses

Africana Studies

  • ENGL/AFST 226: Introduction to Caribbean Literature
  • ENGL/AFST 336: Caribbean Literature


  • Anthropology 313: Peoples and Cultures of Mesoamerica (same as Latin American and Caribbean Studies 313)
  • Anthropology 314: Latinos in the United States
  • Anthropology 319: Caribbean Cultures and Societies (same as Latin American and Caribbean Studies 319)
  • Anthropology 323: Topics in Latin American Ethnography


  • Economics 424: Political Economy of World Development


  • ENGL/AFST 226: Introduction to Caribbean Literature
  • ENGL/AFST 336: Caribbean Literature


  • GEO 373/LAC 373. Landscapes and Cultures of Latin America


  • HILA 255/LAC 255. Early Latin America and the Caribbean (formerly HIST 255/LAC 251)
  • HILA 256/LAC 256. Modern Latin America and the Caribbean (formerly HIST 256/LAC 252)
  • HILA 343/LAC 341. History of Mexico (formerly HIST 343/LAC 343)
  • HILA 344/LAC 342. History of Brazil (formerly HIST344/LAC 344)
  • HILA 360/ LAC 362. History of Early Latin America (formerly HIST 360/LAC 360)
  • HILA 361/LAC 363. History of Modern Latin America (formerly HIST 363/LAC 363)
  • HILA 383/LAC 383. Studies in Latin American and Caribbean History
  • HILA 450/LAC 450. Slavery in the Early Americas
  • HILA 464/LAC 462. The Spanish Conquest (formerly LAC 464)
  • HILA 465/LAC 463. Gender and Sexuality in Early Latin America (formerly HIST 465/LAC 466)
  • HILA 484/LAC 475. Studies in Latin American and Caribbean History (formerly HIST 475/LAC 475)

Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures

  • Spanish 323. Upper-level Grammar and Composition
  • Spanish 331: Introduction to Hispanic Culture (same as Latin American and Caribbean Studies 331)
  • Spanish 333: Survey of Spanish-American Literature, 1700 to Present
  • Spanish 334: Survey of Hispanic Literatures, Beginnings-1700
  • Spanish 401: Cultural Plurality and Institutional Changes in Latin America (same as Latin American and Caribbean Studies 401)
  • Spanish 402: Latin American and Caribbean Studies Seminar (Same as Latin American and Caribbean Studies 402)
  • Spanish 465: Latin American Film and Culture (Same as Latin American and Caribbean Studies 465)
  • Spanish 479: Disenchanted Texts in Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN 494S : Service Learning in Spanish
  • Portuguese 301. Cultural Readings in Portuguese
  • Portuguese 303. Highlights of Brazilian Civilization
  • Portuguese 309. Intermediate Conversation and Composition
  • Portuguese 315: Aspects of Luso-Brazilian Literature
  • Portuguese 326: Brazilian Cinema
  • Portuguese 400. Portuguese for Speakers of Another Romance Language
  • Portuguese 430: Contemporary Brazilian Studies
  • Portuguese 432: Topics in the Literature and Culture of the Portuguese-speaking World

Political Science

  • Political Science 456: Latin American Government and Politics

Religious Studies

  • REST 356. Rastafari and Afro-Caribbean Religions

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