Undergraduate Latin America Courses

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

Course No. Course Name Description
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?
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 442 Natural Resources and the Law in the Spanish Borderlands of North America
This course examines the intersection of law and natural resources in the Spanish Borderlands of North America. We will study how the Spanish empire (and later an independent Mexico) defined natural resources as property rights and allocated such resources to Spanish settlers and Native peoples who lived in the dry expanse of the far northern frontier of New Spain (present day Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and California). Assigned readings and class discussion will emphasize the myriad ways in which the Spanish civil law of property distributed land, water, grazing rights, and minerals, including the economic activities associated with these natural resources: farming, ranching, and mining. Conceptually speaking, the course also includes the transition to U.S. sovereignty and the introduction of American common law in places such as Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and California. A clash of legal systems followed, as American common law often approached natural resources and property rights differently than Hispanic civil law. In order to better understand this clash, students will compare and contrast the fundamentals of the common and civil law systems, as well as the two international treaties that obliged the United States to apply the law of the prior sovereign to its recently acquired territory (the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo of 1848 and the Gadsden Purchase of 1854).
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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