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.

Fall 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.)

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.

Spanish for Heritage Speakers - LSGS 305/SPANISH 305

TuTh 11:45AM - 1:00PM with Prof. Joan Munne 


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

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.

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

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


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.

US Latino/a Literature/Culture Studies; Latino/a Autobiography and Memoir - LSGS 490S/SPANISH 490S

TuThu 3:05 PM - 4:20 PM 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”?

Politics of Food- CULANTH 238/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

TuThu 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)
Fall 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.)

Introduction to Spanish-American Literature - SPANISH 334

WF 3:05PM - 4:20PM with Prof. Richard Rosa

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


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

MW 1:25PM - 2:40PM with Prof. Jocelyn H. Olcott


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. 

    • 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