Latin America & Caribbean Courses

HISL 1710  Introduction to Latin American History
Main currents of Latin American civilization from the European conquest to the present, with special attention to the historical background of present controversies.

HISL 1720  Introduction to Caribbean History
This course provides a survey introduction to the history of the Caribbean basin including the island territories located in the Caribbean Sea as well as those Atlantic islands and regions of mainland Central and South America which have shared similar historical experience with the Caribbean basin.  The course covers the period from the mid-fifteenth century immediately before European arrival up to the present day. Major themes will include European conquest and colonialism, African enslavement, East Asian immigration, the development of multi-ethnic societies, U.S. relations with the Caribbean region, and the role of tourism in recent Caribbean history.

HISL 2760  Colonial Mexico
Social, intellectual, and institutional history of colonial Mexico.

HISL 2770  Modern Mexico
Political, economic, and social history of Mexico during the national period.

HISL 2790  Central America
The history of Central America since 1800 with particular attention to the establishment of political independence, economic colonialism, the transfer of hegemony over the region from Europe to North America, problems of chronic political and social instability, and popular revolutions in the 20th century.

HISL 2810  Colonial Brazil
Brazilian colonial history from 1500 to1822. Emphasis on major economic, social, and political developments in the context of the Portuguese Empire.  Contrasts and similarities with other imperial systems receive particular attention.

HISL 2820  Modern Brazil
Brazilian history from 1822, including the first and second empires and the republic.  Attention is given to the liquidation of slavery, the replacement of imperial values by the establishment of the republic, and the military question. 

HISL 2830  The Andean Nations
A survey of the development of South America's Andean region beginning with the Inca Empire, through the establishment of the vice-royalty of New Castile and emphasizing the modern nations of Chile, Peru, and Bolivia.

HISL 2840  History of Argentina
Politial, economic, and social history of Argentina from 1516 to the present.

HISL 2910  Special Topics in Latin American History
Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty.  For description, consult the department.
Notes:  For specific offering, see the Schedule of Classes.

HISL 3200  History of Voodoo and Other African Derived Religions

Using works of anthropology, folklore, history, and literature, this course examines the history of voodoo in both New Orleans and Haiti, as well as the history of similar religions such as Brazilian candomble, Cuban santeria and Trinidadian orisha worship.  Students will explore the development of these religious systems from slavery to the present day.

HISL 3710  Seminar:  The Colonial Heritage of Latin America
Readings and research on topics in the Hispanic period aimed at developing an understanding of Latin American society and institutions as they developed from the 16th to the 19th century.

HISL 3720  Seminar:  Topics in Modern Latin America and Caribbean History
Selected topics in Latin American and Caribbean history from 1800 to present.

HISL 3800  Colloquium:  Caribbean Revolutions
Weekly readings and discussions of popular revolutions in the Caribbean region.  Some attention is paid to the revolutionary tradition in Middle America before concentrating on the 20th-century revolutions there.  In a search for common factors, attention is devoted not only to countries where significant revolutions have occurred already, such as Guatemala, Cuba, and Nicaragua, but also to others where revolutionary potential exists.

HISL 3910  Special Topics in Latin American History

Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty.  For description, consult the department.
Notes:  For specific offering, see the Schedule of Classes.

HISL 4740  Caribbean Cultural History
This course explores the development of distinctive cultural forms and patterns in the Caribbean basin from the arrival of Europeans at the end of the 15th century up to the present day.  Emphasis will be placed on understanding the diverse origins and particular social contexts fro which different aspects of Caribbean culture have developed.

HISL 4780  Women in Latin American History

An exploration of the pivotal role Latin American women have played in the area's historical development.  Attention is given to how women acquire

HISL 4910  Special Topics in Latin American History
Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty.  For description, consult the department.
Notes:  For specific offering, see the Schedule of Classes.

HISL 6600  Peasants, Rebellion and the State in Latin America
This seminar explores the history of peasants, rebellions an revolution in modern Latin America.  Attention will focus on peasant desires and motivations as Latin America has become increasingly urban and states have grown in size and strength.

HISL 661  Modernity and Its Discontents in Latin America
This class explores the history of modernity, modernization and underdevelopment in Latin America since the 19th century.  Key themes will include labor and industrialization urbanization and the middle class; citizenship and ethnicity; and state formation.

HISL 6710  Seminar in Historical Nahuatl
The purpose of this course is to become familiar with the fundamentals of colonial alphabetic Nahuatl vocabulary and grammar in order to translate historical documents; to learn the different genres of Nahuatl; written expression; to be able to discern regional variations in written Nahuatl; and to be able to recognize the four stages of change in Nahuatl as it evolved over the course of the colonial period. 

HISL 6740  Latin American Social History
A specific topic is chosen each year.  The course has dealt with slavery, race relations, and social revolutions in previous years.  Future topics include the history of the peasantry and peasant movements in Latin America and the development of the Latin American urban working class.  Lectures, readings and discussions.

HISL 6750  Africans in the Americas:  Comparative Social and Cultural History of the African
This seminar will explore the dispersion and fate of African peoples and their descendants in the United States, the Caribbean, and Central and South America with a view to developing an understanding of African-American culture as a diverse regional phenomenon rather than one confined to the United States.

HISL 6780  Caribbean History:  Major Themes
A historiographical course focusing on major texts, major themes, and major trends in the historical literature of the Caribbean, including the island territories along with Belize and the Guianas.

HISL 6850  United States-Latin American Relations
Traces the diplomatic, economic, and cultural relations between the United States and Latin America from the American Revolution to the present.  This course seeks to demonstrate the interrelated roles of diplomacy, commerce, and inter-American cultural relations throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. 

HISL 6910  Special Topics in Latin American History
Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty.  For description, consult the department.
Notes:  For specific offering, see the Schedule of Classes.