Latino/a Studies Courses

In addition to courses offered by the Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South (course code LSGS), we identify courses from across the University which 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, UNC-Chapel Hill.  

Students interested in the certificate are encouraged but not required to take the introductory course (LSGS 101S) "Latino/a Studies in the Global South" first.  It is offered currently (Spring '14) and will likely be taught again both Fall '14 and Spring '15.  For more information on the certificate or to inquire about courses, contact .

Fall 2014 Courses that count toward the LSGS Certificate:

(Note: only courses in the top section of this list automatically count for credit toward the certificate. There is a separate note for courses in the lower section of this list.)

LSGS 89S/ CHILDPOL 89S/ PUBPOL 89S —Immigrant Children and Youth

MW 10:05-11:20AM with Prof. Marta Sanchez

Is it risky for immigrants to become American? Does rapid assimilation into U.S. culture place young immigrants at risk for poor educational and developmental outcomes, as some researchers contend? What policies make for better experiences? How negotiable is the future for immigrant children and youth, who constitute a growing number of the U.S. student population? In this seminar, we will explore the historical, cultural, legal, political and social forces that result in language policies, schooling practices, and laws that create risk for immigrant children and youth. At the same time, we will discuss the presence of an immigrant advantage and policies and practices that leverage that advantage to improve the overall life experiences of immigrant children and youth. We will use multiple archives, such as historical texts, policies, laws, life narratives, film, music, poetry, and other sources to interrogate, discuss and debate the risk of becoming American. The Latino experience will be a primary analytic but we will also examine the lives of other immigrant groups through our interactions with these multiple archives. An equal amount of time will be applied to examining how communities use their collective identity as a resource to create a culture of possibility in support of immigrant children and youth. We will ask what role research and policy can play in creating culturally-sustaining practices.  Instructor: Marta Sanchez

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


TuTh 1:25 - 2:40PM with Prof. Walter Mignolo

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.  Instructor: Walter Mignolo

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


TuTh 8:30AM - 9:45AM

Exploration of health issues in the Spanish-speaking world shaped by social, cultural, political, ethnic, and economic determinants. Topics: cultural competency, community beliefs, medical practices and policies, preventive medicine, mental health. Projects include presentations, writing, research, and conversations with local and global contacts. Evaluation on knowledge of content, oral and written proficiency in Spanish. One 300-level Spanish course recommended prior to enrolling. Prerequisite: Spanish 204 or equivalent.

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

CCI, FL, W, CZ, Service Learning Course

TuTh 10:05AM - 11:20AM

Construction of Latino/a identity(ies) and formation of community voices through the lens of cultural, political, and social issues at local and national level. Assessment on knowledge of content, oral and written Spanish. May include service-learning component. Recommended students take 300-level Spanish course prior to enrolling.

LSGS  465S/HISTORY 465S  History of the U.S./Mexico Border, 18th to 20th centuries with Prof. Sarah Deutsch
CANCELLED FOR FALL - Will be taught SPRING 2015

LSGS 490S/ SPANISH 490S –Latino/a Autobiography and Memoir


MW 11:45AM - 1:00PM with Prof. Claudia Milian

This seminar considers cultural and intellectual approaches to the construction and emergence of individual self-awareness and self-reference, exploring a variety of representations of the autobiographical voice, textual authority, and the boundaries between fact and fiction. These acts and discursive manifestations of individual life experience will be studied from the sociocultural and political modes of the U.S. Latino and Latina category. Accordingly, we will ask: In what ways do the stories of Latino and Latina cultural workers reconstruct factual and fictional modes of their subject formation and distinctive moments in U.S. society? And what do these articulations alter in relation to “unifying” values, traditions, and sociopolitical memberships? Of particular concern is how these cultural producers live and literarily represent both the America and the Latin/o America of their time. Through autobiography, memoir, literary criticism, theoretical readings, as well as visual and poetic approaches to subjectivity, we will interrogate how self, place, and “community” are negotiated. For our critical purposes, we will also deliberate on the following concerns: How is “Latino” or “Latina” lived experience theorized, and do these personal accounts introduce new forms of knowledge? What connections can one find between the shifting autobiographical (“Latino/a”) “I” and the larger social world “out there”? Do the social and discursive spaces of these works provide points of agreements on “Americanness” as much as “Latinoness”?

DOCST  341S/ CULANTH 238S/ PUBPOL 380/ ICS 342S  Politics of Food: Land, Labor, Health, and Economics


TuTh 3:05PM - 4:20PM 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 identify and 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.

HISTORY  352 -- Immigrant Dreams, U.S. Realities: Immigration Policy History


WF 1:25PM - 2:40PM with Gunther Peck

Immigrants and immigration policy in the United States from 1850 to the present, with focus on origins and power of immigrant exclusion during three waves of migration: Northern European and Asian migrations between 1850 and 1880, Eastern European, Latin American, and Asian migrations, 1880-1920, and Latin American, African, and Asian migrations, post 1965. Immigrant roles in shaping policy debates, citizenship rights, labor movements, and American culture, past and present. 

SPANISH 313-- Bridging Cultures
TuTh 1:25PM - 2:40PM with Bethzaida Fernandez Vargas
Exploration of key issues surrounding Latino communities in Durham and beyond, focusing on issues of culture and immigration, health, education, economy. Assigned projects and activities will emphasize bidirectional learning and cultural understanding and facilitate opportunities for building bridges to local communities. Includes a service learning component consisting of a minimum of 14 hours of community engagement with a local organization. Assessment based on knowledge of content, oral and written Spanish, and participation in service learning. Pre-requisite: Spanish 204 or equivalent. Previous 300-level course recommended.


Additional Courses of interest (with some Latino/a Studies content) 
These courses do not automatically count toward the certificate, although some could depending on student projects within the course. Consult with the Program on this issue.



TuTh 3:05PM - 4:20PM with Richard Rosa

Various aspects of the literatures of Spain and Spanish-America with a cross-cultural perspective. Specific topics to be announced.  Prerequisite: Spanish 332, 333, 334 or 335.

LIT 690S- Special Topics in Literature: LACANIAN PSYCHONALYTIC THEORY


Th 3:05PM- 5:35PM with Antonio Viego

ICS 339/ LIT 375/ SPANISH 361- Latin American Literature in Translation


Tu 4:40PM-7:10PM with Ariel Dorfman

Foundational and recent texts, crucial themes, obsessions, genres and stylistic strategies of Latin American culture.  Readings include canonical authors such as Sarmiento, Garcia Marquez, Lispector, Cortazar; recent writers who address contemporary issues. Ethical and political dilemmas will be constantly examined. 

LIT 371S- Problems in Global Culture


M 3:20PM-7:50PM with Ariel Dorfman

CULANTH 590S/ LIT 690S/ ROMST 690S- Seminar in Selected Topics: GEOPOLITICS OF KNOWING

M 4:40PM-7:10PM with Walter Mignolo


M 6:00PM-7:45PM with Joan Clifford

Undergraduates Only

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Only

Special topics course. Information about specific offerings each term available prior to the start of classes at the following website: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only.

SPANISH 335- Introduction to Spanish-American Literature


MW 4:40PM-5:55PM with Claudia Milian
A survey from Independence to the Contemporary period. Prerequisite: Spanish 301, 331S, or AP Spanish Language score of 5 or AP Spanish Literature score of 4 or 5.

AAAS 343/ LATAMER 343/ CULANTH 342/ SOCIOL 343- Displacements: Migration and Human Trafficking


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

Examination of the meaning of migration in the global world through cross-disciplinary texts and visual media. Situates the phenomenon of human trafficking within the context of these general movements focusing on the risks involved when people endanger their lives to find a better and more strategic position in the world. Explores how these experiences should be interpreted, and how processes and the politics of race, space and place are a condition and/or outcome of these movements. Investigates and considers ways to resolve some of the problems associated with such movements.

AAAS 641S/SOCIOL 645S/CULANTH 641S- Citizen and Subject in a Neoliberal Age


M 6:15PM-8:45PM with Micheline Crichlow
Explores studies of citizenship, quests to belong to a place, and institutional mechanisms people deem sacred, and others, profane and dispensable. Focuses on the ways African, Caribbean and Pacific peoples have adapted identitarian constructions to develop narratives of home. Case studies using ethnographic, historical, sociological and visual methods are used to investigate how particular claims are pursued in clamoring for citizenship in various communities.




TuTh 10:05AM-1:20PM with Robin Kirk

Same as Cultural Anthropology 290 except instruction is provided in seminar format. 

CULANTH 213/ ICS 241/ WOMENST- Cyborgs


WF 11:45AM-1:00PM with Diane Nelson
Philosophical, cross-cultural, historical, mass media, and political assumptions about what it means to be human that serve as the foundation for technological development.

For course inquiries, contact Exec Dir, Jenny Snead Williams at