2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog

Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Peoples and Cultures

Students may complete a concentration in Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Peoples and Cultures.


Gary McDonogh, Growth and Structure of Cities

Advisory Committee

Michael H. Allen, Political Science
Juan Manuel Arbona, Growth and Structure of Cities (on leave semester II)
Ignacio Gallup-Díaz, History (on leave semester I)
Lázaro Lima, Spanish
Veronica Martínez-Matsuda, Mellon Predoctoral Fellow in History
Gridley McKim-Smith, History of Art (on leave semester I)
Maria Cristina Quintero, Spanish
Enrique Sacerio-Garí, Spanish
H. Rosi Song, Spanish
Ayumi Takenaka, Sociology (on leave semesters I and II)

Latin American, Latino and Iberian peoples, histories, and cultures have represented both central agents and crucibles of transformations across the entire world for millennia. Global histories and local experiences of colonization, migration, exchange, and revolution allow students and faculty to construct a critical framework of analysis and to explore these dynamic worlds, their peoples and cultures, across many disciplines.

As a concentration, such study must be based in a major in another department, generally Spanish, Growth and Structure of Cities, History, History of Art, Political Science, or Sociology (exceptions can be made in consultation with the major and concentration adviser). To fulfill requirements, the student must complete the introductory course, GNST 145 Introduction to Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Culture, and then plan advanced courses in language, affiliated fields and the major that lead to a final project in the major that relates closely to themes of the concentration. One semester of study abroad is strongly encouraged in the concentration and students may complete some requirements with appropriately selected courses in many Junior Year Abroad (JYA) programs. The student also must show competence in one of the languages of the peoples of Iberia or Latin America.

Students are admitted into the concentration at the end of their sophomore year after submission of a plan of study worked out in consultation with the major department and the Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Peoples and Cultures (LALIPC) coordinator. At this time, students will also be asked to file a statement about their interests and goals for the program to help guide advising.

Concentration Requirements

Competence in a language spoken by significant collectives of Iberian or Latin American peoples to be achieved no later than junior year. This competence may be attested by a score of at least 690 on the Spanish Achievement test of the College Entrance Examination Board or by completion of a 200-level course with a merit grade. Faculty will work with students to assess languages not regularly taught in the Tri-Co, including Portuguese, Catalan, and other languages.

GNST B145 as a gateway course in the first or second year. The student should also take at least five other courses selected in consultation with the program coordinator, at least one of which must be at the 300 level. One of these classes may be cross-listed with the major; up to two may be completed in JYA.

A long paper or an independent project dealing with Iberian, Latin American, or Latina/o issues, to be completed during the junior year in one of the courses of the major or concentration and read by the LALIPC coordinator.

A senior essay dealing with some issue relevant to the concentration should be completed in the major and read by one faculty member participating in the concentration. All senior concentrators will present their research within the context of some LALIPC student-faculty forum as well.

Junior Year Abroad

JYA provides both classes and experience in language, society, and culture that are central to the concentration. Students interested in JYA programs in the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, and the Caribbean should consult with both their major adviser and the concentration coordinator in order to make informed choices. We will also work with students to identify programs that may allow them to work with languages not regularly taught in the Tri-Co, especially Portuguese.


The following are Bryn Mawr classes offered in 2009-10 which may be counted toward the concentration; these are also indicative of classes and interests that are frequently present in the curriculum. Other classes may be counted with permission of the coordinator. LALIPC also accepts all classes listed under the concentration of Latin American and Iberian Studies at Haverford as well as appropriate classes from Swarthmore and Penn. Again, planning with the coordinator will make selection of courses more meaningful.

GNST B145 Introduction to Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Peoples and Cultures

A broad, interdisciplinary survey of themes uniting and dividing societies from the Iberian Peninsula through the contemporary New World. The class introduces the methods and interests of all departments in the concentration, posing problems of cultural continuity and change, globalization and struggles within dynamic histories, political economies, and creative expressions. (Gallup-Diaz, McDonogh, Division I or III)

CITY B229 Comparative Urbanism: Colonial and Postcolonial Reflections
HIST B287 Immigration in the U.S. circa 1920 to the Present
SPAN B200 Temas culturales: España e Hispanoamérica
SPAN B203 Tópicos en lit hispana: José Martí y equilibrio mundial
SPAN B218 Border Crossing Narratives
SPAN B265 Escritoras españolas
SPAN B309 La mujer en la literature del Siglo de Oro

Latin American and Iberian studies courses currently offered at Haverford include:

HIST H209 Modern Latin America
HIST H317 Visions of Mexico
POLS H229 Latino Politics in the U.S.
POLS H237 Latin American Politics
POLS H239 The United States and Latin America
SPAN H203 Writing the Jewish Trajectories in Latin America
SPAN H210 Spanish and Spanish American Film Studies
SPAN H222 Rethinking Latin America in Contemporary Narrative
SPAN H248 Poetry and Politics in Spain
SPAN H266 Iberian Orientalism and the Nation
SPAN H320 Spanish American Colonial Writings
SPAN H334 Gender Dissidence in Hispanic Writing