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Latin American Studies

Hampshire College
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Latin American Studies

Relations between the United States and the Américas—military, economic, cultural—necessitate a combined study of fields that have traditionally been divided: Latin@ Studies and Latin American Studies.

Courses at Hampshire venture across these areas of study, considering how, why, and with what restrictions people, policies, money, and culture cross borders both within and between the United States and Latin America.

A student's work might be shaped as an investigation into economic and military relationships between the U.S. and Latin America, a study of the legacies of colonialism in the Américas, an examination of representations of Latin@s in the U.S. popular culture, a focus on transnational connections in Latin@ communities, or an examination of diasporic cultural forms such as hip hop in the U.S., the Caribbean, and Latin America.

Program content

Sample First-Year Course

Pa'lante: Raising Voices/Fostering Change

Antonio Gramsci, one of the leading activists and theorists of social movements, offered a theory of how power and resistance operate simultaneously. Similarly, Stuart Hall, one of the leading sociologists of the 20th century, also reminds us that power cultivates resistance. And in the context of the Americas, Latin Americans and U.S. Latin@s—along with other communities of color—have served as a vanguard for social change, articulating numerous forms of resisting Empire, sexism, racism, and class inequality. Employing a perspective that accounts for the primacy of gender, sexuality, class, and race, this tutorial will discuss and analyze community-based and transnational efforts to foster social transformation, including Zapatismo and other indigenous-based movements, the autonomous movements of Argentina, Chavismo in Venezuela, Caribbean Independence movements, as well as the U.S. Latin@ efforts around cultural and legal citizenship, labor, and educational rights. Multi-media presentations, guest speakers, and field trips will complement in-class discussions.

Sample Courses at Hampshire

  • Border Matters: Mexico & the United States
  • Brazil and the Atlantic World: The Making & (Re)Making of Racial & Gender Hierarchies
  • The Cuban Revolution: Visions, Realities, Crisis & Collapse
  • Elementary Spanish I & II
  • Empires & Citizenship: Postcoloniality and Puerto Rican Communities
  • Everyday Nightmares of Latin American Urban Culture
  • From the Grassroots to the Streetroots: Urban Social Movements in Latin America
  • Intermediate Spanish I & II
  • Intro to Media Arts in Film, Photography & Video: Cuba
  • Music & Politics of Latin America
  • Music in Caribbean Culture & Society
  • Penning the Dictator
  • Social Movements & Social Change: Zapatismo
  • Third World, Second Sex
  • Trans Latino Cultural Studies

Through the Consortium

  • Central America: Reaction & Reform (MHC)
  • Colonial Latin America: 1492-1821 (SC)
  • Intro to Latin American Cultures (MHC)
  • Motherhood in the Americas (AC)
  • National Latin America: 1821-Present (SC)
  • Spanish Conversation (AC)
  • Spanish Language & Lit (AC)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.


Tuition fees per semester: $25,500

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Hampshire College

Hampshire College is a small liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts that has been at the forefront of progressive higher education in the United States for over 50 years. Every Hampshire student designs a customized program of study in...

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