Latin American Studies
The Latin American studies program provides students with an understanding of the many facets of Latin America: its literature and history, its culture, economics and politics. Students are also given the opportunity to study the Latino experience in the United States.
Requirements for the Latin American Studies Major (B.A.)
interdisciplinary, 10 courses
LTAM 210 Latin American Perspectives; at least one Spanish language course at the 122 level or higher; at least three courses in a primary concentration of a) humanities, b) history and social sciences, or c) environmental studies, and at least three courses outside the primary concentration; a senior year independent study; and a methods course (e.g., a social science research methods course, a translation course, etc.). At least two of the 10 courses in the major must be from the advanced Latin American studies group.
Requirements for the Latin American Studies Minor
interdisciplinary, 5 courses
At least two courses in a primary concentration of a) humanities, b) history and social sciences, or c) environmental studies, at least two courses outside the primary concentration; and at least one Spanish language course at the 102 level or above.
During Senior Year, a Latin American Studies major is required to take part in an independent study. Choosing a topic relating to either Latin America or the Latino experience in America, students will work with a faculty advisor from the Latin American department to research the topic and write a substantial paper on the study. This paper and research with be shared with faculty and students alike, providing each major with a unique capstone experience.
Our students choose from a variety of introductory and advanced courses, each designed to provide students with an understanding of the many facets of Latin America.
Below, you'll find a sampling of some of our most popular classes, as well as suggestions for making Latin American Studies a part of your larger interdisciplinary experience at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
LTAM 210 Latin American Perspectives
Explore the rich history and culture of Latin America through written word and film. Beginning with indigenous Americans and reaching into the 21st century, examine the lives of those in Latin America through a multitude of perspectives. Want to discuss your thoughts on the Latino experience with your fellow classmates? Join the seminar ALST 461 Experience of Race to talk about race and how it is experienced in the United States and Latin America.
LTAM 222 Caribbean Literature and Politics
Examine the Caribbean through its rich literature, depicting its troubles with race and ethnicity, its people's struggles with U.S. dominance, and the long-lasting impact of colonialism. Learn more about colonialism and its lasting effects in HIST 102 The Making of the Modern World.
LTAM 308 Latin American/Latino Cinema
Study Latin American film and the Latino film makers who create them. Trace their historical development and discover the importance of political roles in the Latin American film industry. Watch beautiful and emotional films from Mexico, Cuba and Chile - and even some films from right here in the United States. Explore films further by enrolling in ENG 368 Film and Ideology.