Latin American Studies

History & Literature’s field of Latin American Studies gives students the opportunity to study the history and literature of Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Brazil and the Southern Cone in a global context. Students explore topics such as indigenous cultures, conquest and colonization, colonial institutions, literary documents such as crónicas and poetry, independence movements, novels and poetry of the period of national self-definition, and the role of these cultures in the history and literature of the twentieth century.

In addition to the requirements for all concentrators (5 tutorials and 1 foreign literature course), students in the field of Latin American Studies complete the following requirements:

  • 2 survey courses, 1 history and 1 literature (each course should cover at least 100 years);
  • 1 course on colonial Latin America;
  • 1 course on Latin America before the middle of the twentieth century;
  • 4 elective courses, balanced between history and literature.

Browse our list of Courses That Count for Latin American Studies, and use the Latin American Studies Field Worksheet to plot your course of study. 

The following sample field worksheets illustrate how students in the field of Latin American Studies have used the distribution requirements to create individualized plans of study on topics such as: