Latin American Studies

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College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Interim Dean: Daniel Bernardi

Latin American Studies Program

HSS 381
Phone: 415-405-3492

Coordinator: Juanita Darling


Almaguer, Barbosa, Bettleheim, Calderon, Carillo, Cordova, Cuellar, Johnson, Keith, McCaughan, Millet, Murguía, Oñate, Peard, Rivera

Associate Professors

Baron, Cortés-Rocca, Darling, Ferreira, Hennessy, Martinez, Mirabal, Quesada

Assistant Professors

Garcia-Moreno, Gordy, Jacobowitz, Jaimes-Guerrero, Rodriguez


Benitez, Davila, Gomez, Kury, Leahy, Pereira

Program Scope

The minor in Latin American Studies is a multidisciplinary program designed to provide undergraduate students with an understanding of Latin American societies, including their history and literature, as well as economic and political developments. The minor emphasizes the hybrid nature of Latin American societies, their shared cultures and history, their influence on other parts of the world, and the region’s multi-layered relations with other countries. With a selection of courses drawn from disciplines or fields such as ethnic studies, the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences, students have flexibility to explore a wide range of subjects including ancient and modern civilizations, ethnic relations, the literary “boom” of the 1960s, doing business in present-day Latin America, and more. The minor will be useful to students planning careers in education, humanities and the arts, the Foreign Service, international organizations, overseas corporations and banking, as well as for those who simply desire a better understanding of Latin America. The multidisciplinary nature of the program also prepares students for further work in a number of academic fields at the graduate level.

The minor consists of a core curriculum of three courses (9-10 units) which deal with the region as a whole from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, plus 12 to 14 units of elective upper division course-work. Not more than 6 units can be taken on a CR/NC basis. Students planning to take courses other than those listed below must get prior approval from the program director. Students completing the Latin American Studies minor are encouraged to participate in the study-abroad programs at SF State. Courses taken in certified SF State study-abroad programs may be substituted for the minor’s requirements.

Minor in Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies, Minor — 21 - 24 units

Core Courses (9 - 10 units)

Group A: Latin America in Historical Perspective
ANTH/HIST/LTNS 501Latin America: The National Period3
Select one course from Group B and one from Group C6-7
Group B: Social Perspectives and Politics
Central America and the Caribbean
History of Women in Latin America
Latin American Policy Analysis
Social Change in Modern Latin America
Sociology of Latin America
Group C: Arts and Culture
Humanities of the Americas
Culture and Civilization of Spanish America

Electives (12 - 14 units)

Select two courses from each group, with no more than 9 units from any one discipline. Core courses may not be used to meet this part of the required work.
Group I: Social Perspectives, Politics, and International Relations
ANTH 471The Ancient Maya3
HIST 500Colonial Latin America3
HIST 524History of Mexico3
HIST 528History of Brazil3
IBUS 591Doing Business in Latin America3
I R 306U.S.-Central American Relations4
LTNS 410Seminar on Gender and Latinas/os3
LTNS 460Central Americans of the U.S.: History and Heritage3
LTNS 467Caribbeans in the U.S.: History and Heritage3
LTNS/SOC 640Sociology of the Latino Experience3
LTNS 660Latina/o Politics3
LTNS 670Mexican Politics and Society3
LTNS 692Cuba: Health, Education, and Culture3
SOC 481Sociology of Brazil3
Group II: Arts, Humanities, and Culture
HUM 375Biography of a City (Mexico City)3
HUM 375Biography of a City (Rio de Janeiro)3
HUM/LTNS 520North and South American Cultural Expression3
JS/CWL/ENG 451Jewish Literature of the Americas3
LTNS 409Latina/o Cinema3
LTNS 425Popular and Traditional Music of the Latina(o) Diaspora (CSL)3
LTNS 450Indigenismo: Indigenous Cultures of the Americas3
LTNS 475Aztec Philosophy3
LTNS 490Latina/o Teatro Workshop3
LTNS 560Contemporary Latina/o Literature3
MUS 532Music of Latin America3
SPAN 341Introduction to the Reading of Literary Texts3
SPAN 543Spanish American Literature: Romanticism to Modernism3
SPAN 54520th Century Spanish American Literature (all topics)3
SPAN 595Senior Survey in Spanish or Spanish American Literature (all Spanish American topics)3

Foreign Language Requirement

All students completing this area studies minor are required to demonstrate intermediate level competency in a language other than English, relevant to the area. This requirement may be met by completing the university entrance requirement of two years of high school language study, one year of successful college level language study, or by demonstration of equivalent competency.