Undergraduate Latin America Courses

These are the courses offered by the History Department to fulfill this requirement.

Course No. Course Name Description
HIST 324 History of Puerto Rico This course examines the history of the oldest colonial territory of the United States. We will study Puerto Rico as an example of U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America and as an island with a long history of confrontation with foreign occupiers.
HIST 351 Race and Class in Latin America The impact of commercial expansion, urbanization, industrialization, and ideological change on race and class relations in Latin America from the 16th to early 20th century.
HIST 352 Slavery in Latin America A broadly comparative introduction to slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean. Exploration of slavery, the use of slave labor, and the daily lives of slaves and slave owners in different settings and different cultures.
HIST 361 The U.S.-Mexico Border Region
Evolution of the borderlands since the mid-nineteenth century, with emphasis on bi-national interaction and interdependence.
HIST 368 Colonial Mexico From discovery through the War for Independence.
HIST 369 Mexico Since Its Independence Struggle for political, economic and social stability; international relations, cultural patterns.
HIST 373 Politics of Health and Medicine in the Americas: From Historical Roots to Contemporary Developments In this course we will examine the history of health - and health care - as well as the political dimensions of scientific research and medicine.  Based on the understanding that health and health care are subject to political competitions on the nation state level and are mediated by changing global paradigms, we will use readings and class discussions to draw conclusions about citizenship rights in the Americas.  We will start with a number of broad questions to make specific links: When did the responsibilities for citizens' health shift from being rooted in notions of charity to a sense of citizens' entitlement to state services?  When, and under what circumstances, can people put pressure on their political leaders and make states accept increased responsibility for citizens' health? How can we best understand the links between global paradigm shifts and nation-state policy changes that protect public health as citizens' entitlement and a human right? And what are the historical reproductions of inequality that we find as we trace health policies in specific regions or nations? In 1946, the World Health Organization (WHO) defined health to be "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."  The WHO also provided a definition of public health, referring to "all organized measures (whether public or private) to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life among the population as a whole. Its activities aim to provide conditions in which people can be healthy and focus on entire populations, not on individual patients or diseases."   The WHO's definition of health has been praised for its holistic vision; simultaneously it was condemned for being unrealistic, or, in the words of historian Robert Hughes, for being "more realistic for a bovine than a human state of existence."   What are the political, economic, and social factors that make holistic approaches to disease (and to the protection of health) so difficult? Why would it be unrealistic to protect the health of all humans, and to assure that all populations have access to appropriate and cost-effective care, including health promotion and disease prevention services? How are the difficulties of protecting human health linked to competing definitions of disease, and how have the definitions of disease changed over time? We will explore how outcomes of scientific and medical research - as well as health policies, and the practice of medicine -- are shaped by historical subjectivities and are linked to such categories as race, class, gender, age, experience, and ability. Subjects will include (but are not limited to) social and socialized medicine, epidemics and diseases as "unequal killers," racial profiling, the projects of "missionaries of science" and "health internationalists," definitions of madness and sanity, competitions between traditional medicine and "modern" medical practice, and power struggles and political rivalries over the role of the state in welfare and the protection of public health.
HIST 400A Colony to Nation to the 21st Century: Politics and Culture in Chilean History In this course the history of Chilean nation-building from the early colonial roots to the 21st Century will be analyzed. Focus is on political, social, and cultural histories of the country, giving attention to the unique characteristics of Chilean national developments. At the same time, connecting its historical idiosyncrasies to larger regional characteristcs and to the trajectory that shaped Latin American developments from colonial encounters, to independence, to contemporary challenges.
HIST 461 The Spanish Conquest The impact of conquest and Spanish rule on the native peoples of Mexico, Central American, Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador. Topics include: conquest and ecology; land and labor; religion and culture; adaptation and resistance.
HIST 464 History of Argentina Survey of Argentine history and culture from the colonial era to the present.
HIST 465Z History of Central America A survey of the history of Central America from the Spanish conquest to the present, focusing of regional economies, ethnic and class conflict, and the politics of state formation.
HIST 467 Twentieth-century Latin America Revolution, social change and reaction in Latin America from 1930 to the present.
HIST 469 Gender and Sexuality in Latin American History
This course explores selected themes in Latin American history through gender as a category of historical analysis.  Students will examine histories of men, women, gender and sexuality in different countries and regions of the Americas.
HIST 495G Topics in Latin American History
A colloquium or small lecture class intended for majors and upperclassmen; topics vary by instructor.


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