Latino/a Studies Courses

The Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South (LSGS) offers its own courses and identifies classes from across the University that contain Latino/a Studies content. We encourage students to enroll in these courses, as well as those offered by The Program in Latina/o Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

Students interested in the LSGS Certificate are encouraged but not required to take the introductory course, "Latino/a Studies in the Global South" first.  It is being taught in Fall 2015.

For more information on the certificate or to inquire about courses, please contact , Executive Director.

This information will be updated when registration opens on November 5th.

Spring 2015 Courses that Count toward the LSGS Certificate

(Only courses in the top section of this list automatically count for credit toward the certificate. There is a separate note for classes in the lower section of this index.)

LSGS 254 / CULANTH 254 — The America Borderlands

MW 11:45AM - 1:00PM with Prof. Diane Nelson 

Uses the concept of “dirt” to explore culture and politics in the Américas. Dirt is literal: land, soil, the earth and all its products that sustain life on the planet. The anthropological notion of culture comes from agriculture, and as we will explore, is always involved with power and thereby politics. Dirt is also contextual, the opposite of clean, the unuseful, waste, excreta, left-over. And dirt is metaphorical, “matter out of place.” By its very presence it makes often unmarked categories and borders more visible.

LSGS 306 / SPANISH 306 — Health, Culture, and the Latino Community


TuTh 8:30AM - 9:45AM with Departmental Staff

Exploration of health issues in the Spanish-speaking world shaped by social, cultural, political, ethnic, and economic determinants. Topics to be explored include: cultural competency, community beliefs, medical practices and policies, preventive medicine, mental health.

LSGS  307S / EDUC 307S / SPANISH 307S  – Issues in Education and Immigration

TuTh 1:25PM - 2:40PM with Prof. Maria Romero Boned

Community-based interaction with Durham Public Schools. Topics for consideration: Latino/a identity, access to education for immigrants, academic performance, assimilation, general pressures of family and peers, bilingualism, configurations of ethno-racial consciousness.

LSGS 316 / AAAS 246 / SOCIOL 316 – Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies

MW 10:05AM - 11:20AM with Prof. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Examines the social history of five racial minority groups, namely, African Americans, Chicanos/Mexican Americans, American Indians/Native Peoples, Puerto Ricans, and Asian Americans in relation to whites in the USA.

LSGS 390S / LIT 390S /SXL 390S / WOMENST 390S – Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory

TuTh 3:05PM - 4:20PM with Prof. Antonio Viego

“Let’s Get Shrunk: Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory in the Age of Disgracebook.” We will read key works in psychoanalytic theory by Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, and Melanie Klein, focusing on specific topics such as hysteria, perversion, sexuality, the pleasure principle and the death drive, the unconscious, the id/ego/superego. We will examine the relationship in psychoanalysis between theory and practice as well as applicability for grappling with questions concerning power, politics, and the “care of the self.”

LSGS  412S / CULANTH 367S / SPANISH 412S/ ICS 460S ––Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas

TuTh 3:05PM - 4:20PM with Prof. Walter Mignolo

The basic philosophical architecture of the three great civilizations of America; Maya, Aztec and Inca civilizations. Links the current indigenous revival in the Andes (Bolivia and Ecuador) and in the South of Mexico and Guatemala with the survival of their historical legacies 

LSGS 465S / HISTORY 465S –– US/Mexico Border 18th–20th Centuries

Tu: 8:45AM - 9:35 AM with Prof. Sarah Deutsch

Explores the creation and perpetual remaking of the border between the United States and Mexico from the 1780s to the current day. Topics explored include nation formation, citizenship, migrant lives, public policy, border incursions, and national identity.

LSGS 495S –– LSGS Capstone Seminar

TuTh 4:40PM - 5:55PM with Prof. Antonio Viego

Final course for students seeking the certificate in Latino/a Studies in the Global South. Provides students with the opportunity to synthesize theories and methodologies in Latino/a Studies taken in previous coursework and to critically reflect on content related to the Latino/a world, especially about latinidad in local and global contexts.

SPANISH 314 –– Community-Based Research with Spanish-Speakers  

TuTh 1:25PM - 2:40PM with Prof. Joan Clifford

This course will partner with selected Duke faculty to assist in implementing his/her research projects in the local Spanish-speaking community. As a service-learning douse, students will volunteer a minimum of 20 hours as interpreters, survey takers, assisting in home visits, etc. as needed in the research study. The course will explore topics related to the content of the research study such as education or health. In addition, students will focus on research methods, cultural competency, and linguistic skills necessary to interact with the Latino/a community.


Additional Courses of Interest
(with Some Latino/a Studies Content)

These classes do not automatically count toward the certificate, although some could, depending on student projects within the course. Please consult with the Program on this matter.

Additional classes will be added when registration opens November 5th.

AAAS 240 - Modern Caribbean

TuTh 3:05PM - 4:20PM with Prof. Laurent Dubois

From the colonial slave plantations to the commercialized hedonism of the contemporary tourist industry, the modern Caribbean has been characterized by stark and ever-changing forms of social inequality and economic exploitation.  This course traces the development of Caribbean societies from the era of the Haitian Revolution to the present.  Over these two centuries, the region's former plantation colonies went from being an important economic engine of the early modern Atlantic economy to a peripheral, post-colonial region characterized by poverty, unemployment, tourism, international migration and drug trafficking.  This course begins with slave emancipation and carries on to discuss post-emancipation economic and political struggles.  It covers the rise of U.S. hegemony in the Caribbean basin, the development of Caribbean nationalism, the Cuban Revolution, and the rise of neoliberalism.  From Cuba's Castroist dictatorship, to Haiti's neoliberal "failed-state", to the colonial holdovers of Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe and Martinique, Caribbean societies have followed very different trajectories notwithstanding their shared histories of colonization, slavery and sugar.  Colonization and the forced migration of the slave trade brought together African, European, North American and Asian cultural elements, which have given birth to novel religious, artistic, and musical forms.  Some of these such as Vodou, Santería, Rastafarianism, Salsa, Reggae, and Carnaval have become well known worldwide.  This semester we will examine Caribbean history with specific attention to the region's five largest societies: Cuba, Haiti, The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Jamaica.

AAAS 321 - Visualizing the Caribbean

M 6:15PM - 8:45PM with Prof. Michaeline Crichlow

AAAS 690 - Special Topics: Globalization/Development in Caribbean

W 4:40PM - 7:10PM with Prof. Michaeline Crichlow 

    • Emma Pérez | Forgetting the Alamo, Or Blood Memory
    • Gloria Anzaldúa | Borderlands
    • El Passport | El Espirit de Puerto Rico
    • Piri Thomas | Down These Mean Streets
    • Sandra Cisneros
    • In the Time of the Butterflies | Julia Alvarez
    • Óscar Martínez's The Beast
    • Junot Díaz (Italian translations)
    • Little Big Books
    • Library
    • Oscar Zeta Acosta
    • Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art
    • Richard Rodriguez | 4 memoirs
    • Bernardo Vega | ... Memoirs
    • Ana Castillo | Sapogonia
    • Snaps | Victor Hernández Cruz
    • shelfie
    • Es un libro mi corazón
    • Intelligentsia
    • Bookshelf
    • blue book
    • Southern Hemisphere