Chair, Associate Professor ROGER KITTLESON and
Professor CARMEN WHALEN (First Semester)
Professor CARMEN WHALEN (Second Semester)

Advisory Committee: Professor: WHALEN***. Associate Professors: CHAVOYA, FRENCH, KITTLESON. Assistant Professors: CEPEDA*, JOTTAR, RÚA, VARGAS*. Gaius Bolin Gellow: BENSON.

Latina/o Studies is an interdisciplinary and comparative field of study that explores the histories and experiences of Latinas and Latinos in the United States. Latinas and Latinos include peoples who come from or whose ancestors come from Latin America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. The program seeks to cover the widest range of experiences, encompassing Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and Dominicans, as well as more recent migrations from a wide variety of Central and South American countries. Courses, most of which use a comparative approach, seek to provide students with the tools to continue their work in areas of their particular interest. Focusing on a diverse group with a long history in the United States, which is also one of the fastest growing populations in the contemporary era, provides an opportunity to explore complex dynamics globally and within the context of the United States. The program examines topics such as the political and economic causes of migration, the impact of globalization, economic incorporation, racialization, the formation and reformulations of identities and communities, the uses of urban spaces, inter-ethnic relations, artistic expression, aesthetics, and visual and popular culture.


The concentration in Latina/o Studies requires five courses. Students are required to take the introductory course (LATS 105), one 400-level Latina/o Studies seminar, and three electives. Two electives must be core electives, and one elective can be a related course in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies or in Countries of Origin and Transnationalism. The three electives must include two different areas of study, and at least one elective must be at the 300 or 400 level. Additional courses may be approved by the Chair. Students, especially those considering graduate work or professional careers in the field, are encouraged to enroll in Spanish language courses at Williams.

Required Courses

Latina/o Studies/American Studies 405 Home and Belonging: Comparative Explorations of Displacements, Relocations, and Place-making

Latina/o Studies/American Studies 409 Tracing the Roots of Routes: Comparative Transnationalisms

Latina/o Studies/American Studies 464 Latina/o Visual Culture: Histories, Identities, and Representation

Latina/o Studies/History 471 Comparative Latina/o Migrations

Latina/o Studies/American Studies 481 Locating Latino Studies: Approaches to Latinidad

Latina/o Studies/ArtH 203 Chicana/o Film and Video

Latina/o Studies/Spanish 209 Spanish for Heritage Speakers: Introduction to Latina/o Cultural Production

Latina/o Studies/Music 232T Latin Music USA

Latina/o Studies/American Studies/Theatre/Women and Gender Studies 235/Comparative Literature 268 Latina/o Theatre and Performance, 1950-2000

Latina/o Studies/American Studies 240/Comparative Literature 210/Linguistics 254 Latina/o Language and Literature: Hybrid Voices in Contemporary Context

Latina/o Studies 241 Redefining the "Helping Hand:" Community-based Approaches to Latinas/os in the Northern Berkshires

Latina/o Studies/ArtH 258 Latina/o Installation and Site-Specific Art

Latina/o Studies/Africana Studies/EXPR/Theatre 261 Dance: Bodies in Latina/o Motion

Latina/o Studies/History 286 Latina/o History From 1846 to the Present

Latina/o Studies/American Studies 310 Latino Cityscapes: Mapping Place, Community, and Latinidad in U.S. Urban Centers

Latina/o Studies/American Studies/Theatre 330 The Aesthetics of Resistance: Contemporary Latin American Theatre and Performance

Latina/o Studies/American Studies/Africana Studies/Theatre/Women's and Gender Studies 331 Sound and Movement in the Afro-Latin Diaspora

Latina/o Studies/American Studies 332 Latinos and Education: The Politics of Schooling, Language, and Latino Studies

Latina/o Studies/Comparative Literature 338/American Studies 339 Theorizing Popular Culture: Latinas/os and the Dynamics of the Everyday

Latina/o Studies/American Studies 346/Comparative Literature 359 Latinos in/and the Media: From Production to Consumption

Latina/o Studies/History/Women's and Gender Studies 386 Latinas in the Global Economy: Work, Migration, and Households

Latina/o Studies/History/Women's and Gender Studies 387 Community Building and Social Movements in Latina/o History

American Studies 356/Comparative Literature 272 Literature of the Americas: Dialogues in Historical Perspective

History 243 Modern Latin America, 1822 to the Present

History 248 History of the Caribbean

History 249 The Caribbean From Slavery to Independence

History 342 Creating Nations and Nationalisms in Latin America

History 343 Gender and History in Latin America

Latina/o Studies 221/Africana Studies222/Music 220 Rhythm and Jazz in America, Brazil, and Cuba

Music 230 Seminar in Caribbean Music

Political Science 222 The United States and Latin America

Political Science 346 Mexican Politics

Political Science 349T Cuba and the United States

Spanish 200 (formerly 112) Latin-American Civilizations

Spanish/Comparative Literature 230T Violent States, Violent Subjects: Nation-Building and Atrocity in 19th Century Latin America

Spanish 306T/Comparative Literature 302T Latino Writing: Literature by U.S. Hispanics

Africana Studies 160/Comparative Literature 214/English 251 Defining the African Diaspora

Africana Studies 200 Introduction to Africana Studies

American Studies 403/Comparative Literature/English 375 New Asian American, African American, Native American and Latina/o Writing

History/American Studies 368 Cultural Encounters in the American West

History 380 Comparative American Immigration History

Latina/o Studies 220/American Studies 221 Introduction to Urban Studies: Shaping and Living the City

Latina/o Studies/American Studies/Religion 227 Utopias and Americas

Latina/o Studies/Africana Studies/Sociology 229 Race, Ethnicity and Education in the USA

Latina/o Studies /Theatre 230/Women and Gender Studies 368 Approaching Performance Studies

Latina/o Studies/Theatre 375 Performance and Its Traces

Latina/o Studies/American Studies/ArtH 462 Art of California: "Sunshine or Noir"


Honors in Latina/o Studies may be granted to concentrators after an approved candidate completes an honors project, delivers a public presentation of the work, and is awarded an honors grade by her/his advisor and two other faculty readers. In consultation with the advisor and the chair, faculty readers may be from outside the Latina/o Studies Program.

The honors project will be completed over one semester plus winter study. It may consist of a conventional research thesis of 40-70 pages or of other forms of presentation (e.g., video, art, theater). It may also combine a shorter research thesis with another medium.

To be accepted as a candidate for honors in Latina/o Studies, a student must meet these criteria:

1) Submit and earn approval of a project proposal in April of the junior year. The proposal should be no longer than 5 pages and should lay out the project's aim and methodology, identify the student's advisor for the work, and include evidence of competence in the necessary media for projects that include non-thesis forms.

2) Achieve a grade point average of at least 3.33 in LATS courses at the time of application.

Students admitted to the honors program must submit a 5-8 page revised proposal, with an annotated bibliography, by the second week of classes in the fall semester of her/his senior year. They should register either for LATS 493 in the fall semester and LATS 031 in Winter Study, or for LATS 031 in Winter Study and LATS 494 in the spring semester. These courses will be in addition to the 5 courses that make up the regular concentration.


Study abroad and other off-campus programs offer excellent opportunities for students to build on, and expand, the intellectual interests they develop as part of the Latina/o Studies concentration. Through their connections to various institutions in the U.S. and other nations, Latina/o Studies faculty can help place students in U.S. borderlands programs as well as programs in Mexico, Cuba, and other "countries of origin." Any student seeking to include courses as part of a concentration in Latina/o Studies should feel free to contact the Program chair or other faculty. A maximum of 1 course taken away from Williams can count (as an elective) toward the completion of the concentration.