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
POLS 241 Latin America II: Independence-Present 4 credits
SPAN 325 Mexican-American Cultural Explorations 4 credits
SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish 4 credits
FREN 201 Intermediate French 4 credits


*The following are special topic courses. They may count toward Focal Study 17 when the topic/title is as below.  Must request approval to the Focal Studies Advisor.
ANTH 240/REL 240 Topics in Comparative Religion (when topic is Comparative Religion in Latin American/Caribbean Cultures) 4 credits
BIOL 160 ST: Natural History of Galapagos/Ecuador 4 credits
ENGL 430 Major Writers: Latin American or Chicano 4 credits