The goal of the Latin American Studies Program is to blend courses across disciplinary boundaries in order to present the Latin American mosaic in all its diverse dimensions.
About the Minor
At Hamilton, Latin American studies offers an intense exploration of the history, culture, and politics of Latin America — the more than 40 nations and independent states that stretch from Mexico and the Caribbean in the north to Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of the Americas. Students are challenged to see this emerging, energetic, and often contradictory region through new eyes. Those who want an immersion in a Latin American culture find ample opportunities to study abroad.
A Sampling of Courses
Literature and Modernity in the Andes
The cultural representations of religion, history, means of transportation, media, photography, etc., provide distinct points of view on how modernity has been perceived in the Andes. This course will introduce students to the recognition of those perspectives by looking closely at novels, short stories, and movies, produced from the 19th century to the present day. This course also will explore the diverse ways in which the intensification of modernity has changed the nature of Andean cultural production itself: its language, style, the narrator’s and characters’ worldviews, etc.
Explore these select courses:
Intense focus on speech emergence and oral presentation. Study of diverse cultural readings and other aesthetic productions as a basis for refinement of grammar comprehension and as a means to further improve writing, reading and listening skills. Three hours of class, with additional activities, TA sessions and laboratory work. Taught in Spanish.
Study of interdisciplinary cultural discourses — art, music, journalism, literature, film — from Latin America and Spain. Focus on written and oral argumentation; introduction to the interpretation of literary texts. Advanced grammar in context and vocabulary building. Course emphasizes writing, oral presentation and the refinement of speech and pronunciation.
A selected overview of cultural concepts and literary movements and genres in Latin American literatures. Special emphasis on representative works of selected historical periods. Introduction to basic critical skills for literary and cultural analysis as applied to texts studied. Emphasis on oral performance, student participation and original application of critical methodology in writing projects. Taught in Spanish.
Studies novels published in the past 10 years, and questions that arise when neoliberalism exacerbates struggles for social justice. How does globalization affect our understanding of dissident sexualities? How does recent fiction reimagine family and kinship? How does it narrate migrant children, state terror, racism, and illness? How does economic crisis herald new kinds of citizenships that nationalistic projects have ignored? We consider language, race, ethnicity, gender, and age. Authors include Quintana, Luiselli, Molloy, Sainz Borgo, Herrera, Cueto, and Caputo.
Natasha Espinosa ’18 went into her first year at Hamilton with the goal of taking full advantage of the open curriculum. For Espinosa, this meant exploring her long-held interest in and personal connection to Latin America.