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 101

Intro Latin American Studies

Instructors
Staff

LAS 101 is an interdisciplinary introduction to the study of Latin America.  The class draws on expertise of Latin American studies experts from across the faulty.  Important areas of study include theory, cultural production, history, and contemporary politics…

POL 347

Politics of Development

Instructor
Menkhaus

Theories of development and underdevelopment, assessment of development policies in practice, and study of political change in the Global South.

Counts toward the International Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought requirement.
Satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement.
Satisfies the Justice…

SOC 264

Latinxs in the South

Instructor
Vienrich

Looking at data trends on the growth of Latinx communities in the Southeast, students will explore how Latinxs are shaping the South, and how the South is shaping their experiences in education, health, the labor force, religion, and…