Sep 28, 2023  
College Catalog 2016-2017 
College Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Latin American Studies

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Full Time Faculty: Eric Carter (Geography), Ernesto Capello (History), Amy Damon (Economics), Paul Dosh (Director, Political Science), Galo González (Hispanic and Latin American Studies), Olga González (Anthropology), Alicia Muñoz (Hispanic & Latin American Studies), Lara Nielsen (Theatre and Dance), Margaret (Molly) Olsen (Hispanic and Latin American Studies), Ernesto Ortiz-Díaz (Hispanic & Latin American Studies), Raymond Robertson (Economics)

Latin America is defined by multiple historical and cultural processes, socio-economic paths, and political trajectories. Macalester’s Latin American Studies program acknowledges the complexity and historical depth of the region’s pre-Columbian past; centuries of colonial domination; deep inequalities based on gender, class, and race and ethnicity; and national identities constructed out of indigenous, African, and European elements.

The Latin American Studies program thrives at the intersections of humanities, social science, and the arts, and values scholarly, testimonial, and creative work by Latin American writers and artists. The 13-course major provides a vibrant forum for students to develop core skills including: 1) interdisciplinarity; 2) language skills; 3) communication (written, oral, and visual); 4) argumentation and use of evidence; 5) comparison across national boundaries; 6) crafting a theoretical framework; 7) research design; and 8) civic engagement.

The major culminates in an integrative capstone experience, often rooted in original fieldwork conducted while abroad in Latin America. The results of each capstone project are shared in an academic or community publication or presentation in the United States and/or in Latin America. The program provides outstanding preparation for professional careers, graduate studies, competitive fellowships, and community-based work in Latin America.

General Distribution Requirement

LATI 141 , LATI 244 , LATI 245 , LATI 246 , LATI 249 , LATI 255 , LATI 323 , LATI 341  and LATI 342  count toward the general distribution requirement in social science. LATI 181 , LATI 281 , LATI 282 , LATI 307 LATI 316 , LATI 415 LATI 436 , LATI 445  and LATI 446  count toward the general distribution requirement in humanities.            

General Education Requirements

Courses that meet the general education requirements in writing, quantitative thinking, internationalism, and U.S. identities and differences will be posted on the Registrar’s web page in advance of registration each semester.

Additional information regarding the general distribution requirement and the general education requirements can be found in the graduation requirements  section of this catalog.

Honors Program

The Latin American Studies program participates in the honors program. Eligibility requirements, application procedures, relevant dates, and specific project expectations are available on the Latin American Studies website (

Topics Courses

LATI 194 , LATI 294 , LATI 394 , LATI 494  

Occasional courses on Latin American topics offered from time to time by program and visiting Latin American studies faculty. To be announced at registration. (4 credits)

Independent Study

The department offers independent study options in the form of tutorials, independent projects, internships, preceptorships and Honors independent projects. For more information contact the department and review the Curriculum  section of the catalog.


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