The Latin American Studies Major at Davidson

Majors benefit from a structured interdisciplinary approach to Latin America that highlights the region-specific expertise of Davidson faculty across the curriculum.

Students are offered the tools to conceptualize the region as a whole so they can engage in critical comparisons of cultures, integrate Latin America's past into the evaluation of its present, and problem-solve contemporary issues.

Approved education abroad or other significant off-campus experience in Latin American/Latinx communities are required prior to graduation. Extended stay in the region is essential for gaining linguistic and cultural fluency associated with an area studies major.

If you have any questions about majoring in Latin American Studies, please contact Prof. Matt Samson, program chair, at masamson@davidson.edu.

Latin American Studies vs. Hispanic Studies

There are key differences between the major in Latin American Studies and the major in Hispanic Studies. First, while the Hispanic Studies major requires classes on the literature and culture of both Spain and Latin America, the Latin American Studies major requires classes that focus on Latin America from the perspectives of several disciplines, including not only Hispanic Studies, but also Anthropology, History, Music, Political Science, and others.

Second, while all courses for the Hispanic Studies major are conducted in Spanish, most of the courses taken for the interdisciplinary LAS major are taught in English, with the notable exception of study abroad courses and the Hispanic Studies courses on literature and culture that also count toward the LAS major.

If you are interested in a major that focuses on the literature and culture of both Latin America and Spain through classes conducted exclusively in Spanish, you may wish to view the Hispanic Studies major.

Courses You Might Take

LAS 396

Independent Study

SPA 272

Hispanic Humanities II

Instructor
Pena

Spanish 271 / Spanish 272 is a two-course sequence that will replace the former SPA 270. The sequence is designed to be a more in-depth introduction to the foundational knowledge and theoretical approaches to Hispanic cultural production from…

ANT 252

Ancient Maya Civilization

Instructor
Lamoureux-St-Hilaire

An exploration of ancient Maya Civilization, from its beginning, ca.2,000 BCE, to its clash with European invaders, ca. 1.500 CE. Emphasis will be placed on the chronological transformations and geographical variability in the: 1) Interactions between people and…