Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The Institute of Latin American Studies: 8th Floor, International Affairs Building; 212-854-4643
http://ilas.columbia.edu

Program Director: Prof. José Moya, 413 Lehman; jmoya@barnard.edu

Student Affairs Coordinator: Eliza Kwon-Ahn, 827 International Affairs Building; ek2159@columbia.edu

The major in Latin American and Caribbean Studies stresses knowledge of a dynamic, historically deep and extensive region, but it also focuses on social, political, and cultural phenomena that transcend physical boundaries. The major thus reflects multidisciplinary dialogues that are transnational yet remain anchored in the common historical experience of Latin American societies. Thanks to the broad range of courses on Latin America offered in different departments of instruction and centers at Columbia, the major provides a multidisciplinary training on politics, history, culture, economy, and society.

The Institute of Latin American Studies coordinates the major and offers access to research support, study abroad options, and linkages and credits toward the M.A. program in Latin American and Caribbean studies.

Affiliated Faculty

Alan Dye (Economics, Barnard)
Ana Paula Huback (Latin American and Iberian Studies)
Claudio Lomnitz (Anthropology; Latino Studies; Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race)
Nara Milanich (History, Barnard)
Jose Moya (History, Barnard)
M. Victoria Murillo (Political Science)
Ana Maria Ochoa (Music)
Pablo Piccato (History)
Caterina Pizzigoni (History)
Michael T. Taussig (Anthropology)

Guidelines for all Latin American and Caribbean Studies Majors and Concentrators

Declaring the Major or Concentration

For additional information on Latin American and Caribbean Studies, please visit the Institute's website or contact Eliza Kwon-Ahn, ILAS Student Affairs Coordinator, at ek2159@columbia.edu.


Major in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The major requires a minimum of 31 points as follows:

Select five of the following six courses:
HIST W2618
(formerly HIST W3618)
Latin American Civilization I
Primary Texts of Latin American Civilization
Modern Latin American History (Latin American Civilization II) (Formerly HIST W3661)
Latin American Politics
Advanced Language through Content [in Spanish]
Select one course on Spanish, Portuguese, or an indigenous language at the intermediate or advanced level; if students can demonstrate advance knowledge of one of these languages, they can replace this course with a course on other languages at any level.
Discipline of Choice
Select four courses in a discipline or theme of choice with substantive focus on Latin America. One of these courses must be a seminar. All students, however, need to take at least two courses in a discipline or theme outside of their specialization. The director of undergraduate studies advises students on areas of specialization and must approve courses with substantial Latin American or Caribbean contents not included in the list of eligible courses.

Up to 12 credits for Discipline of Choice requirement can be earned through study abroad. Students are encouraged to explore study abroad options before their junior year. Upon return, they should submit the syllabi and all coursework related to each course taken abroad for approval by the director of undergraduate studies.


Concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The concentration requires a minimum of 18 points as follows:

Select three of the following six courses:
HIST W2618
(formerly HIST W3618)
Latin American Civilization I
Modern Latin American History (Latin American Civilization II) (Formerly HIST W3661)
Latin American Politics
Primary Texts of Latin American Civilization
Advanced Language through Content [in Spanish]
Select one course on Spanish, Portuguese, or an indigenous language at the intermediate or advanced level; if students can demonstrate advance knowledge of one of these languages, they can replace this course with a course on other languages at any level.
Discipline of Choice:
Select two courses in a discipline or theme of choice with substantive focus on Latin America. One of these courses must be a seminar. All students, however, need to take at least two courses in a discipline or theme outside of their specialization. The director of undergraduate studies advises students on areas of specialization and must approve courses with substantial Latin American or Caribbean contents not included in the list of eligible courses.

Up to 6 credits for Discipline of Choice requirement can be earned through study abroad. Students are encouraged to explore study abroad options before their junior year. Upon return, they should submit the syllabi and all coursework related to each course taken abroad for approval by the director of undergraduate studies.

Of Related Interest

Africana Studies (Barnard)
AFRS BC2005Caribbean Culture and Societies
Anthropology
ANTH UN1008The Rise of Civilization
ANTH V2009Culture through Film and Media
ANTH V3120Historical Rituals in Latin America
ANTH UN3921Anticolonialism
Anthropology (Barnard)
ANTH UN1002The Interpretation of Culture
ANTH UN1008The Rise of Civilization
ANTH UN3921Anticolonialism
ANTH V3922The Emergence of State
ANTH G4390Borders and Boundaries
Art History
AHIS W3898Yoruba and the Diaspora
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
CSER UN3923Latina/o and Asian American Memoir
CSER UN3924Latin American and Latina/o Social Movements
CSER UN3926Latin Music and Identity
CSER UN3928Colonization/Decolonization
CSER GU4482Indigenous People's Rights: From Local Identities to the Global Indigenous Movement
CSER GU4483Subcitizenship
Economics
ECON GU4301Economic Growth and Development
ECON GU4750Globalization and Its Risks
Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
EEEB GU4001Society and Nature in the Amazon
History
HIST UN2660Latin American Civilization I
HIST W2661Modern Latin American History (Latin American Civilization II) (formerly HIST W3661)
HIST UN2663Mexico From Revolution To Democracy
HIST W2673Latin American Popular Culture (formerly HIST W3673)
HIST W2662Slave Memory in Brazil: Public History and Audiovisual Narratives in Perspective (formerly HIST W3662)
HIST UN2618The Modern Caribbean
HIST UN3687LAT AMER RIGHT IN THE COLD WAR
HIST GU4696The Social Question and State Building in Latin America
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
LCRS GU4500Feminist and Queer Theory in Brazil
Latin American and Iberian Cultures
PORT W1220Comprehensive Intermediate Portuguese
PORT UN3101Conversation about the Lusophone World
SPAN UN3300Advanced Language through Content [in Spanish]
SPAN UN3349Hispanic Cultures I: Islamic Spain through the Colonial Period
SPAN UN3350Hispanic Cultures II: Enlightenment to the Present
PORT UN3301Advanced Writing and Composition in Portuguese
SPAN UN3450Short Fiction in Latin America
PORT UN3490Brazilian Society and Civilization
SPAN W3490Latin American Humanities I: From Pre-Columbian Civilizations to the Creation of New Nations
SPAN W3499Configurations of Time in Contemporary American Art and Fiction
SPAN UN3998Supervised Individual Research (Spring)
Latin American Civilization
LACV UN1020Primary Texts of Latin American Civilization
Music
MUSI V2020Salsa, Soca, and Reggae: Popular Musics of the Caribbean
MUSI V2430Listening and Sound in Cross-Cultural Perspective (formerly MUSI W4430)
MUSI V3435Music and Literature in Latin America
Political Science
POLS GU4461Latin American Politics
Sociology
SOCI UN3324Global Urbanism
SOCI GU4370Processes of Stratification and Inequality
Sociology (Barnard)
SOCI V3247The Immigrant Experience, Old and New
Spanish and Latin American Cultures (Barnard)
SPAN W1201Intermediate Course, Part I
SPAN W1202Intermediate Course, Part II
SPAN W1208Spanish for Native Speakers
SPAN BC3099Independent Study
SPAN BC3264The Boom: The Spanish American Novel, 1962-70
SPAN UN3265Latin American Literature in Translation
SPAN UN3300Advanced Language through Content [in Spanish]
SPAN UN3349Hispanic Cultures I: Islamic Spain through the Colonial Period
SPAN UN3350Hispanic Cultures II: Enlightenment to the Present
SPAN BC3435Language and Revolution
SPAN BC3470Latin(o) American Art in New York City: Critical Interventions, Institutions, and Creative Lives
SPAN BC3510Gender and Sexuality in Latin American Cultures