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 2016.


Fall 2016 Courses that Count toward the LSGS Certificate

 LSGS and crosslisted courses

 (These courses automatically count for credit toward the certificate)


Intro. to Latino/a Studies - LSGS 101/AAAS 104S/ICS 106S/SPANISH 160S/LIT 143S

MW 11:45AM - 1:00PM with Prof. Antonio Viego 


Introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Latino/a Studies, and how it reconfigures the study of the United States and the Americas. Considers literature, history, sociology, economics, politics, culture and language in examining terms such as: Latino, latinidad, Global South, transnational, globalization, and multiculturalism. Exploration of alignments and divergences of Latino/a Studies with African and African American Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Critical US Studies. Classroom learning will connect with the community outside of Duke. Required introductory course for students in the Latino/a Studies in the Global South certificate program.


Policing Latinidad  LSGS 290S/ROMST 290S/SOCIOL 290S/PUBPOL 290S

TuTh 11:45AM – 1:00PM with Prof. LéBron


How does the criminal justice system make itself felt in the everyday lives of Latinas/os? From border enforcement, to stop and frisk, to the phenomenon of mass incarceration, many Latinas/os find themselves and their communities enmeshed within a dense web of surveilleince, punishment, and detention. This interdisciplinary course will examine the historical, political, economic, and social factors that have, in many ways, criminalized Latinidad and/or rendered Latinidad illegal. We will examine how race, class, education, gender, sexuality, and citizenship shape the American legal system and impact how Latinas/os navigate that system. This course will pay special attention to the troubled and unequal relationship between Latinas/os and the criminal justice apparatus in the United States and how it has resulted in the formation of resistant political identities and activist practices. CL- ROMST 290S.01, SOCIOL 290S.02, PUBPOL 290S.02


Introduction to Spanish-American Literature (US Latino/a Literature 1960s-Present) - SPANISH 335

TuThu 4:40 PM - 5:55 PM with Prof. Claudia Milian


This seminar is an introduction to Latino and Latina literary production and its heterogeneous voices and imaginations in the United States. The formation of a Latino/a literary cannon, its thematic strands, cultural connections, historical and political contexts, theoretical approaches, and circulation in the American world and beyond will all be surveyed to gain a critical and resourceful overview of the range of nationalities, communities, locations, identifications, and practices that fall under the Latino and Latina designation. The course will draw from a wide variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, autobiography, film, and performance art. Among the questions guiding this course are: How are Latina and Latino identities envisioned and manifested since the Civil Rights Movement? How does a Latina- or  Latino-specific cultural production dialogue with the U.S. multiracial landscape?

Spanish for Heritage Speakers - LSGS 305/SPANISH 305

TuTh 3:05PM - 4:20PM with Prof. Liliana Paredes 


Designed for students who are heritage speakers, educated almost exclusively in English, with little exposure to Spanish in academic setting. Linguistic work contextualized through three major fields: arts (music, literature, cinema, painting, sculpting); society (Latinos & language in the US, traditions, immigration related topics); and mass media (television, radio, newspapers, new technologies).

Health, Culture, and the Latino Community –– LSGS 306 / SPANISH 306/ GLHLTH 326

.01  TuTh  3:05PM - 4:20PM  with Prof. Fernández-González
.02  TuTh 3:05PM - 4:20PM  with Prof. Solorzano


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.


Latino/a Voices in Duke, Durham, and Beyond - LSGS 308S/SPANISH 308S

TuTh 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM with Prof. Clifford


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.

Bridging Cultures - SPANISH 313

TuTh 8:30-9:45 with Prof. Fernandez-Gonzalez

SS, CCI, FL, Service Learning Course

Exploration of key issues surrounding Latino communities in Durham and beyond, focusing on issues of culture and immigration, health, education, economy. Course includes a minimum of 15 hours of service learning with a local organization, plus other out-of-class and weekend community trips. Projects promote the development of intercultural competence, as well as facilitate opportunities for building bridges with the local community. Assessment based on knowledge of content, oral and written Spanish, and community engagement. Previous 300-level course is recommended before taking this class. Minimum requirement: Spanish 204 or equivalent.

Courses with significant Latino/a Studies content  

(These will automatically count for the certificate.)

Politics of Food- CULANTH 238S/DOCST 341/PUBPOL 380/ICS 342

TuThu 3:05 PM - 4:20 PM with Prof. Charlie Thompson


Explores the food system through fieldwork, study, and guest lectures that include farmers, nutritionists, sustainable agriculture advocates, rural organizers, and farmworker activists. Examines how food is produced, seeks to understand its workers and working conditions in fields and factories, and, using documentary research conducted in the field and other means, unpacks the major current issues in the food justice arena globally and locally. Fieldwork required, but no advanced technological experience necessary. At least one group field trip, perhaps to a local farm or farmers market, required.

Myth, Ritual, Symbol- CULANTH 422

WF 10:05 AM - 11:20 AM with Prof. Diane Nelson


What might something as everyday as a football game, a dream, watching a movie or telling/hearing a bedtime story reveal about deeply human processes like identity and power? What about weddings, or war? This course examines the apparent contradiction that a myth is both untrue (separate from a fact or science) and "the mythic" refers to deep human history, to ways of thinking, believing, and feeling that have life and death effects (like the Myth of the American Dream, or of Oedipus). Or that we dismiss ritual as something empty, rote, and meaningless, (separate from spontaneous, real events) and yet our lives are filled with both small, quotidian rites (the morning shower and coffee, going to church, synagogue mosque, temple...) and built around profoundly moving ways we recognize life transitions (baptism, turning 21, graduation, funerals). This course looks at both small and large myths, rituals, and symbols to explore how they produce meaning, make blobs of flesh into human beings, construct and maintain power differentials, and refuse and resist injustice and exploitation.


Additional Courses of interest  

(with some Latino/a Studies content)


Introduction to Spanish-American Literature - SPANISH 335

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


A survey of major writers and movements from the periods of discovery to conquest, colonial rule, and early independence. Includes works by native Indian, "mestizo", and women writers. Prerequisite: Spanish 301, 331S, or AP Spanish Literature score of 5. 


Introduction to Contemporary Latin America- HISTORY 330/ LATAMER 230/ ICS 327

WF 8:30 - 9:45AM with Prof. Payton


An interdisciplinary gateway for the undergraduate certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, this course offers an introduction to the problems and themes that shape contemporary Latin American society and culture. Rather than providing a comprehensive overview of modern Latin American history (which is covered in a separate History class), this course examines issues that loom large in Latin America today. The topics change from year to year -  Fall 2015 is likely to include (among others) the normalization of relations with Cuba, ongoing debates about migration, the rise of gang violence in Central America, drug legalization campaigns, and pressing environmental concerns. The main assignment for the semester will center on students developing individual WordPress sites on an issue that they choose in consultation with the instructor. 


 Latino/American Pop Art: Contesting Freedom at the Dawn of Neoliberalism    ROMST 590S/ARTHIST 590S/VMS 590S   

M   1:40PM   - 4:10PM    with Prof. Esther Gabara


This seminar examines art, politics, and critical literature from the 1960s and 1970s across the American continent (north, central, and south). We will examine the work and criticism of Pop artists who participated in the simultaneous emergence of conceptualism, nuevo realismo, performance, and environmental art. We will follow their engagement with mass media and popular culture (music, television, and popular theater), and discuss their work in relation to theoretical and historical studies of the neoliberal economies and philosophies that were being imposed under the repressive regimes of the period. A central question for us will be: how did artists imagine freedom at this crucial historical moment?   Students will have the opportunity to contribute the research they produce in the seminar to an exhibition planned for the Nasher Museum of Art. This means the assignments for the course will take the form of in depth research into individual art works included in the exhibit for future wall texts, historical landmark events to be included in a timeline and catalogue, and the selection and explanation of popular culture (songs, films, etc.) for programming that will accompany the exhibit. Assignments will be adapted for undergraduate and graduate students in collaboration with the professor, and will include both individual and collaborative projects.

** NOTE: The language of instruction (English/Spanish) will depend upon the language proficiency of the students who register. Students who wish to receive Spanish credit for their major for this course should contact the professor to arrange registration.

    • 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