Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Our Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) program provides courses on the past and present of Latin America and the Caribbean from a perspective across disciplines. The program provides historical background and will familiarize you with contemporary political, social, economic, and cultural issues.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies 101

LACS 101—INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES (HSC)

Fall, Spring. Credit, three hours. An interdisciplinary introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean and to the LACS program at Oxford College. The course provides historical background and familiarizes students with contemporary political, social, economic, and cultural issues.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies 261

LACS 261 / HIST 261 / MUSC 261—LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC AND GLOBALIZATION (HSC)

Spring. Credit, three hours. Latin American and Caribbean societies’ process of globalization from the perspective of their musical practices, from colonial to present times, and the circulation of music across national and cultural boundaries, within and beyond this region. Intended to students pursuing majors, minors, and concentrations in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, History, and Music.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies 262

LACS  262  /  HIST  262—PROGRESS IN LATIN AMERICA (HAP)

Spring. Credit, three hours. Prerequisite: Any course in History, Philosophy or Anthropology is recommended. The goal of “progress,” the concept of “development,” and the elaboration of the “future” in Latin America since the times of the Iberian reformism in the 18th Century to the 20th-century and current debates. The course deals with the problem of “historical time” and of conceptualizing the entire region, and serves students pursuing majors, minors, and concentrations in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, History, and Social Sciences.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies 262

LACS 270—TOPICS: LATIN AMERICAN ISSUES (HSC)

Fall, Spring. Credit, three hours. An exact match of the LACS Topics course at ECAS, offering pilot courses on particular topics that may develop into stand-alone courses.