THEA 205 Acting and Activism in the Americas

This class offers an opportunity for extended study on how acting and activism shape human relations in the Americas. We will focus on artists and scholars writing from the territories of North, Central, and South America, thinking of these places transnationally through the social dynamics specific to the history of this hemisphere including the effects of colonization, settlement, migration, and discrimination.


HIST 261 Colonial Latin American

Major Requirement: History of Latin America
This course surveys the history of Latin America in the period before the Revolutions of Independence (before 1810). After studying the Native American (principally Aztec, Inca, Chibcha and Maya) and European (Spanish and Portuguese) civilizations that shaped theformation of colonial Latin American history, the conquest, the institutions and the social history/movements during this historical period will be addressed in a thematic fashion.

HIST 262 Contemporary Latin America

Major Requirement: History of Latin America
This course surveys the history of Modern Latin America from the period of Independence (1810-1824) to the present, addressing the economic and social development of the Latin American region. Certain themes, such as religion, poverty, violence and foreign intervention will be covered in depth. Feature films, recent literature and oral history testimony will serve as “tools” for understanding contemporary Latin America.

HIST 267 Modern Mexico

Major Requirement: History of Latin America

This course is an introduction to the history of Mexico and we will study that nation’s history from independence (the early 19th century) to the present. The course will move more or less in a chronological fashion with further focus on themes of importance (immigration, for example). (Course offered in alternate years.)

ANSO 325 The Maya and Their World

This course draws on multiple perspectives to examine the shared practices, traditions, and worldviews that have defined Maya cultures in the past and the present. We will examine the means through which we have come to understand prehispanic Maya societies, exploring how archaeology, ethnohistory, anthropology, art history, and critical theory, as well as recent political history, activism, identity politics, and popular media have shaped our interpretations of the Maya past.

ANSO 327 Gender and Power in Latin America

This course looks at the construction of sex and gender in Latin American societies, both past and present, exploring anthropological approaches to the study of social identities, gender relations, and the complex negotiation of power that they entail. We will examine anthropological, ethnohistoric, and archaeological evidence to understand gender roles and ideologies and con-sider how sex and gender intersect with ethnicity and social class in a range of prehispanic, colonial, and postcolonial societies.

HIST 363 History of U.S.-Latin American Relations

Major Requirement: History of Latin America
This course provides an examination of the history of United States - Latin American relations, beginning with tensions created by the Latin American Wars for Independence (1810-1824). U.S. priorities, dating from the Monroe Doctrine of 1823, are studied in light of specific policies and actions taken by the U.S. in the region. Specifically, the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War, the Good Neighbor and The Alliance for Progress will be examined in depth.

Prerequisite: Sophomore Status

HIST 364 History of Religion in Latin American

Major Requirement: History of Latin America
This course examines the history of religion and religious tradition in Latin America, beginning with an analysis of pre-Columbian religious history and study of the imposition of Christianity with the arrival of the Spaniards and Portuguese. Syncretic identity, politics and religion and the recent growth of evangelical Protestantism in Latin America will be some of the major themes addressed. (Course offered every third year.)

Prerequisite: Sophomore Status

HIST 365 Infinite Border: The United States and Mexico in Historic Perspective

Major Requirement: Global/Comparative History
This course is designed as an introduction to historical awareness, historical thinking, and historical methodology. Our objective is to understand how the history of the Border (the border separating the United States and Mexico) has shaped political, economic, historic and cultural realities, for centuries, at a place that’s neither fixed nor clear. Students will study primary documents, read essays/literary accounts, and view films to arrive at a more complete understanding of the history, tragedy and possibility of the border.

ANSO 377 Migration, Dislocation, and Transnationalism in Latin America and the U.S.

This course explores contemporary issues and debates surrounding migration between Latin America and the U.S. and within Latin America. We will critically examine the causes of displacement, the effects of dislocation on migrants and their home communities, and the transborder, transnational ties that characterize migrant families and migrant labor in a globalized world.