17. Latin America and Caribbean Cultures

The goal of this focal study is to introduce students to the cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean through an examination of their history and their varied indigenous and western social and religious practices.

Complete at least three courses and a minimum of 10 credits. No more than two of these courses may have the same disciplinary prefix.


First Cluster (complete 3 courses)
ANTH 210  Mesoamerican Cultures   4 credits
ANTH 320  South American Traditional Societies   4 credits    
ENV 210   Tropical Environmental Biology  4 credits 
HIST 239/POLS 239  Latin America I: Conquest-Independence 4 credits  
POL 241  Latin America II: Independence-Present 4 credits 
SPAN 325 Mexican-American Cultural Explorations 4 credits
SPAN 201Intermediate Spanish  4 credits  
FREN 201 Intermediate French 4 credits



*The following are special topic courses. They may count toward Focal Study 17 only by special request to the Focal Studies Advisor, Gretchen Potter.


BIOL 160       ST: Natural History of Galapagos/Ecuador  4 credits
ENGL 430  Major Writers: Latin American or Chicano  4 credits