Majors & Minors

Latin American Studies Major

General Distribution Requirement

LATI 141, LATI 244, LATI 245, LATI 246, LATI 249, LATI 255, LATI 323, LATI 341 and LATI 342 count toward the general distribution requirement in social science. LATI 181, LATI 281, LATI 282, LATI 307, LATI 415, LATI 416, LATI 436, LATI 445 and LATI 446 count toward the general distribution requirement in humanities.            

General Education Requirements

Courses that meet the general education requirements in writing, quantitative thinking, internationalism, and multiculturalism will be posted on the Registrar's web page in advance of registration each semester.

Additional information regarding the general distribution requirement and the general education requirements can be found in the graduation requirements section of this catalog.

Honors Program

The Latin American Studies program participates in the honors program. Eligibility requirements, application procedures, relevant dates, and specific project expectations are available on the Latin American Studies website (

Topics Courses

LATI 194, LATI 294, LATI 394, LATI 494

Occasional courses on Latin American topics offered from time to time by program and visiting Latin American studies faculty. To be announced at registration. (4 credits)

Independent Study

The department offers independent study options in the form of tutorials, independent projects, internships, preceptorships and Honors independent projects. For more information contact the department and review the Curriculum section of the catalog.

Latin American Studies Major

Major Requirements

The Latin American Studies major consists of 13 courses, as follows:

I. Introduction to Latin American Studies—1 course

Latin American Studies majors must take the introductory course by the end of the sophomore year. Choose one of the following courses:

LATI 141 - Latin America Through Women's Eyes
LATI 151 - Caribbean Literature and Culture: Aesthetics of Resistance
LATI 171 - Susurros del Pasado: Whispers Toward the 21st Century
LATI 181 - Introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean

II. Language—1 or more courses

Competency in Spanish to the level of HISP 305. Students who arrive at Macalester already competent at this level must achieve competence either in French to the level of 204 or Portuguese to the level of HISP 331. In addition, the following course is required: LATI 307 - Introduction to the Analysis of Hispanic Texts

III. Latin America Across the Disciplines—6 courses

Choose six courses, including at least one Arts in Context, one Humanities, and one Social Science course. At least one course must be an advanced 300-level seminar (400-level in Hispanic Studies).

Latin American Arts in Context

LATI 282 - Latin America: Art and Nation
LATI 422 - Modern Hispanic Novel and the Visual Arts


HISP 331 - Luso-Brazilian Voices: Conversations and Composition
HISP 414 - Here and There: Superando Límites/Crossing Boundaries
HISP 419 - "Neither Saints Nor Sinners": Women Writers of the Early Modern Hispanic World
HISP 420 - One Hundred Years of Plenitude: Modern and Postmodern Hispanic Fiction
HISP 425 - Dictators, Revolutions and Insurrections
HISP 435 - History of the Spanish Language
HISP 444 - The Family as History: The Stories of US Latinos
LATI 151 - Caribbean Literature and Culture: Aesthetics of Resistance
LATI 171 - Susurros del Pasado: Whispers Toward the 21st Century
LATI 181 - Introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean
LATI 281 - The Andes: Race, Region, Nation
LATI 283 - Amazon: A Cultural History
LATI 308 - Introduction to U.S. Latino Studies
LATI 381 - Transnational Latin Americas
LATI 415 - Cultural Resistance and Survival: Indigenous and African Peoples in Early Spanish America
LATI 416 - Mapping the New World: Exploration, Encounters, and Disasters
LATI 436 - Spanish Dialectology
LATI 445 - Frontera: The U.S./Mexico Border
LATI 446 - Constructions of a Female Killer
LATI 494 (topics), Varies each semester.

Social Sciences

ANTH 358 - Anthropology of Violence
ANTH 487 - Theory in Anthropology
ECON 119 - Principles of Economics (when taught by Amy Damon or Raymond Robertson)  
ECON 221 - Introduction to International Economics (paper must focus on Latin America)
ECON 333 - Economics of Global Food Problems (paper must focus on Latin America)
LATI 141 - Latin America Through Women's Eyes
LATI 244 - Urban Latino Power
LATI 245 - Latin American Politics
LATI 246 - Comparative Democratization
LATI 249 - Regional Geography of Latin America
LATI 255 - Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
LATI 269 - Economics of International Migration*
LATI 323 - Economic Restructuring in Latin America
LATI 341 - Comparative Social Movements
LATI 342 - Urban Politics of Latin America

IV. Methods—1 course

In consultation with their advisor, Latin American Studies majors choose a methods course that will prepare them for their senior Capstone project. This class should be taken before studying abroad. Possible courses include:

ANTH 230 - Ethnographic Interviewing*
HIST 379 - The Study of History
POLI 269 - Empirical Research Methods
SOCI 269 - Social Science Inquiry  
SOCI 270 - Interpretive Social Research
SOCI 275 - Comparative-Historical Sociology
THDA 110 - Introduction to Theatre Studies
THDA 489 - Seminar in Performance Theory and Practice

V. Study Abroad in Latin America—3 courses

Latin American majors must complete one semester of full-time study on a study abroad program approved by the departmental steering committee. This fulfills the requirement of 3 study abroad courses.

VI. Capstone—1 course

Majors normally complete their capstone via the senior seminar, which is offered every fall. Occasionally, a student may be approved to complete their capstone via an independent project or another appropriate course. Students participating in the honors program take LATI 488 - Senior Seminar in the fall and LATI 644 (Honor Independent) in the spring of their senior year.

VI. Curricular Overlap

Due to the high degree of potential overlap between major plans in Latin American studies and international studies, students seeking to complete both majors must list, on each plan, at least six courses that do not appear on the other plan.