Latin American and Latino/a Studies Concentration

Fresco of musicians; Bonampak, Chiapas; Photo ©2004 Jacob Rus, licensed under Creative Commons 



The Latin American and Latino/a Studies concentration is designed for students interested in the language, history, politics and culture of Latin America and of Hispanics living in the U.S.

Concentration Requirements: Four subjects from the list below, including no more than two from a single discipline and no more than one focused on the Iberian Peninsula. (Please note that a student may choose not to take a subject focused on the Iberian Peninsula.) Also note that a minimum of three of the four subjects must be MIT subjects. Subjects are also available from Harvard University and Wellesley College through cross-registration. Students must receive permission from the concentration advisor before registering for a class at another institution.

A HASS Concentration may include only one subject that also counts toward the HASS Distribution Requirement. You may include more than one only if the additional subject will NOT count as a HASS Distribution subject in your degree audit.




3.982 The Ancient Andean World, HASS-S

3.983 Ancient Mesoamerican Civilization, HASS-S

17.55J Introduction to Latin American Studies [21A.130, 21G.084, 21H.170], HASS-S, CI-H

21A.506 The Anthropology of Politics: Persuasion and Power, HASS-S

21A.511 Hacking from the South, HASS-S

21H.172J Latin America Through Film [21G.078], HASS-H

21H.173 Socialism in Latin America, from Che Guevara to Hugo Chávez, HASS-H

21H.273 From Coca to Cocaine: Drug Economies in Latin America, HASS-H




21G.070J Latin America and the Global Sixties: Counterculture and Revolution [CMS.355J], HASS-H, CI-H

21G.072J The New Latin American Novel [CMS.353J], HASS-H, CI-H

21G.700 Introductory Spanish for Heritage Learners, HASS-H

21G.701 Spanish I, HASS-H

21G.702 Spanish II, HASS-H

21G.703 Spanish III, HASS-H

21G.704 Spanish IV, HASS-H

21G.705 Intensive Beginning Spanish for Medicine and Health, HASS-H

21G.710 Advanced Communication in Spanish: Topics in Language and Culture, HASS-H

21G.711 Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition: Perspectives on Technology and Culture, HASS-H

21G.712 Spanish Conversation and Composition, HASS-H

21G.713 Spanish through Film: Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Spain, HASS-H

21G.714 Spanish for Heritage Learners, HASS-H

21G.715 Topics in Medicine and Public Health in the Hispanic World, HASS-H

21G.731J Creation of a Continent: Media Representations of Hispanic America, 1492 to present [21H.274J, CMS.357J], HASS-H

21G.732J The Making of the Latin American City: Culture, Gender, and Citizenship [WGS.232J], HASS-H

21G.735 Advanced Topics in Hispanic Literature and Film, HASS-H

21G.736J The Short Form: Literature and New Media Cultures in the Hispanic World [CMS.358J], HASS-H

21G.793 Spanish III in Madrid, HASS-H

21G.795 Advanced Spanish Communication in Spain, HASS-H

21G.801 Portuguese I, HASS-H

21G.802 Portuguese II, HASS-H

21G.803 Portuguese III, HASS-H

21G.804 Portuguese IV, HASS-H

21G.811 Conversational Portuguese, HASS-H

21G.820 Topics in Modern Portuguese Literature and Culture, HASS-H

21G.821 The Beat of Brazil: Portuguese Language and Brazilian Society Through its Music, HASS-H

21G.880 Accelerated Introductory Portuguese for Spanish Speakers, HASS-H

21L.019 Introduction to European and Latin American Fiction, HASS-H, CI-H

21L.590 The Spanish Incubator, HASS-E

21L.636J Introduction to Contemporary Hispanic Literature and Film [21G.716], HASS-H

21L.637J Power and Culture: Utopias and Dystopias in Spain and Latin America [21G.717], HASS-H

21L.638J Literature and Social Conflict: Perspectives on the Hispanic World [21G.738], HASS-H

21L.639J Globalization and its Discontents: Spanish-speaking Nations [21G.739], HASS-H

21L.640J The New Spain: 1977 – Present [21G.740], HASS-H

WGS.242 The Latina Experience in Literature, Film and Popular Culture, HASS-H


This list is not exhaustive. Relevant subjects that are no longer offered and subjects with variable topics (such as “special subjects” or “selected topics” courses, for example) may also be counted at the discretion of the concentration advisor.

[ ] Jointly listed subjects


Additional information may be obtained from the Concentration Advisor:
Professor Eden Medina, E51-180, 617-253-1943
Or by emailing