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.)

Culture and Politics of the America Borderlands –– LSGS 254 / CULANTH 254

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


Américas borderlands refers to the intersection of North and Latin America through the movement of people, products, ideas, and technologies with focus on culture and agri-culture, including the production of food and pharmaceuticals-legal and illegal; explores dirt as concept of matter out of place and people without place and how sustenance can become poison; examines histories of Latin American bodies as "terrain" for US-based scientific experiments.

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

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

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

TuTh 3:05PM - 4:20PM 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.

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

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


The social, legal and cultural construction of racial and ethnic hierarchies in a comparative international context with the United States and the United Kingdom of central analytical concern. Racial formation and racial segregation in specific historical and national contexts including the normative case of the Anglo-Saxon core in the United States and how its dominance has led to patterns of ethnic antagonism and discrimination; the historical context of racial stereotypes and their representation in various mediums. Social justice movements and public policies designed to challenge racial and ethnic domination including controversial topics such as "positive discrimination" (United Kingdom) and Affirmative Action (United States/South Africa). May include comparative case studies from India, South Africa, Brazil, and continental Europe.

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

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.”

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

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 

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

Tu: 3:05PM - 5:35 PM 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 Capstone Seminar ––  LSGS 495S

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.

Community-Based Research with Spanish-Speakers –– LSGS 306/ SPANISH 314 

TuTh 3:05PM - 4:20PM 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.

The Caribbean in the 18th Century

AAAS 219, HISTORY 319, ICS 263

MWF 12:00PM – 12:50PM with Prof. Barry Gaspar


The development of Caribbean society and economy in the contexts of slavery, empire, international rivalry, and democratic revolution. 

The Modern Caribbean after Emancipation

HISTORY 321, AAAS 240, ROMST 321, CULANTH 322, ICS 319

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


Focus on the Caribbean region as it transitioned from a collection of slave and colonial societies into a region of postcolonial and independent nations. Topics may include: postemancipation political and cultural struggles, pan-Africanism and Rastafarianism, nationalist and anticolonial movements, American economic and political influence in the region, Caribbean emigration to Europe and the United States, and global spread of Caribbean culture.


Visualizing the Caribbean

AAAS 321

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

Art (paintings, installations, performance art) and film on the Caribbean offer vantage points for analyzing alternative ways through which the region has been thought, imagined and produced. They are periodized semiotic productions that feed into and are marked by perspectives that are at once global, national, and even personal. Considering the constitutive contexts of these productions and performances, we will attempt to glean the diverse perspectives, and the way these have influenced sociocultural policy and offer alternative interpretations of diasporic life ways of Caribbean people.

Special Topics: Globalization/Development in Caribbean

AAAS 690 

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


Spanish Literature


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

Pop Art in the Americas


MW 11:45AM - 1:00PM with Prof. Esther Gabara

    • 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