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, 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 245 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 Hispanic and Hispanic-American Studies (HHAS) 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.