​​The courses in this concentration explore the historical processes that have created and continue to shape the diverse people living in the Americas throughout the centuries, focusing specifically on the peoples of Latin American origins and by calling attention to the complex interplay among Indigenous, African, European, Arab, Asian and Semitic societies in the region. This concentration provides the methodological and theoretical tools to analyze longitudinally and comparatively key historical issues such as colonization, imperialism, militarism, revolution, the struggles for liberation and self-determination, nationalism, and the creation of borders and boundaries, as well as the development of unique art and literary expressions.

Course Requirements

* Courses from other departments may count towards this concentration; consult your LALSP advisor for more information.

Open Electives

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.

LST 300



LST 338


This course will survey painting, sculpture, architecture, and the decorative arts in the Americas from contact with Europe up through independence movements of the 19th century. Special attention will be given to the intersection of artistic production with broad social, economic and political trends.

LST 243


This course offers an overview of the principal developments in the history of Latin American art, from prehistoric times to the modern period. The course will view pre-Columbian, colonial and modern Latin American art contextually as artistic traditions are considered in light of major historical changes. (Cross-listed with ART 243)

LST 247


This class surveys the art of the ancient Americas (circa 1000BC-1520AD), with a focus on the most artistically significant civilizations of Mesoamerica and South America and some of the difficulties encountered in studying them. Lectures will explore visual traditions as diverse as the people they reflect; cultures to be covered include the Olmec, Maya and Aztec of Mesoamerica, and the Moche and Inca of Peru. Course material will constantly probe the relationship between the visual forms studied and their likely political and/or social function; however, especially because of the scarcity of primary source texts, the class will also regularly raise questions of methodology in pre-Columbian scholarship. Students should emerge from the class with a grasp of the contribution of specific scholars of pre-Columbian art, with an appreciation of some of the problems of its study, and with the understanding of some of the most significant-and heterogeneous-artistic forms from the ancient Americas. Cross-listed as HAA 245.

LST 248


This course offers a critical survey of the art of colonial Latin America (circa 1520s-1820s), from the Caribbean to Mexico, Central America, and South America. Framed by the Spanish Conquest of the 16th century and Independence in the early 19th century, lectures will survey state-sanctioned arts of the Iberian colonizers, including the foundations of the Catholic Church across the "New World" landscape. Race will be a frequent issue of discussion as we consider both indigenous American and African participation in social realities and artistic practice in this colonial context.. Cross-listed with HAA 246 and CTH 250.

LST 249


This lecture class is a survey of Latin American art created since the Wars of Independence which helped to create the modern nations in the 19th century (i.e. 1820s through the present). Lectures consider the struggle of artists to articulate newly sovereign identities through visual production, even as complicated relationships with Europe and increasingly, the United States, continue. Topics covered include Latin American modernism, surrealism, radical arts, and social realism, with a special consideration of post-revolutionary Mexican mural painting. Cross-listed with HAA 247.

LST 321


In this course, we examine the processes of globalization in the Americas. The world seems to be a smaller place--accessible through the internet and global markets--and national borders seem to be more porous than ever before. Various agents--corporations, people, political organizers and organizations--are able to work on a global scale. Many critics argue that globalization has created a larger division between the wealthy and the poor. How has globalization affected the way we live our lives? In this course, we discuss the many debates around globalization and the political situation in Latin America, North America, and the Caribbean as well as the global justice movements that address inequity and injustice. You will become familiar with these debates and their histories, particularly with the growing anti-globalization position taken by many political leaders in Latin America. In this course, you will take a position regarding this contemporary political arena and become well-acquainted with various trends, policies, and activist movements around globalization. You will analyze your place in this political arena and determine how you will negotiate your position. We discuss the impact of various international organizations and trade agreements, from IMF, the World Trade Organization, the UN, the Organization of American States, NAFTA, and the Free Trade Area of the Americas. We will analyze the protest movements in Cancun and Seattle. We look at the increasing tourist apartheid in different parts of the Americas, particularly in the Caribbean. We discuss the impact and organization of international activism from anti-globalization movements to global justice movements. We will discuss and debate strategies for resistance. We access many of these issues through cultural productions (film, tv, advertisements, etc) that address the difficult dilemmas of neo-liberalism (rule of the market).