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

SPA 358

20th-21st C Spanish Theatre

Instructor
Boyer

This course examines the European imperial project in the Americas through the lens of Indigenous writing and cultural responses. By examining indigenous texts from throughout the Americas, we will trace the way native orality and writing has negotiated…

SPA 405

Latin American Modernities

Instructor
Boyer

What constitutes the modern? What is the relationship between progress and modernity? How does literary and artistic form respond to notions of modernity and innovation? How does modernity respond to, incorporate or reject notions of history and tradition?…

SPA 271

Hispanic Humanities I

Instructor
Staff

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…