Advisory Committee: Associate Professors: KITTLESON, WHALEN. Assistant Professors: CHAVOYA, JOTTAR, RÚA

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 Ethnic Studies or in Countries of Origin and Transnationalism. The three electives must include two different disciplines, 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/INTR 105 Latina/o Identities: Constructions, Contestations, and Expressions

One of the following 400-level seminars:

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

Latina/o Studies/American Studies 464/INTR 405 Latina/o Visual Culture: Histories, Identities, and Representation

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

Two of the following core electives:

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

Latina/o Studies/Music 232T Latin Music USA

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/Women's and Gender Studies 331 Sound and Movement in the Diaspora: Afro-Latin Identities

Latina/or Studies/American Studies/Theatre 335/Women's and Gender Studies 337 Contemporary U.S. Theatre and Performance: Latinos/as in the Everyday

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 Latino/a History

Latina/o Studies/History 388 U.S.-Mexican Borderlands

One additional related course from either of the following subcategories OR ftom the core electives above:

Countries of Origin and Transnationalism

Comparative Literature 213 Migrants at the Borders: Contemporary Arabic and Latin America Literature and Film

Comparative Literature/American Studies 256 Literature of the Americas: Dialogues in Historical Perspective

History 243 Modern Latin America, 1822 to the Present

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

Music 230 Seminar in Caribbean Music

Political Science 222 The United States and Latin America

Political Science 346 Mexican Politics

Political Science 347 Central America in International Politics

Political Science 349T Cuba and the United States

Theatre 330 The Aesthetics of Resistance: Contemporary Latin American Theatre and Performance

Comparative Ethnic Studies

ArtH 362 Art of California: "Sunshine and Noir

History 368/American Studies 246 Cultural Encounters in the American West

History 380 Comparative American Immigration History