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Majors + Latin and South America

American Studies and Ethnicity + This interdisciplinary major offers challenging and diverse opportunities to study the peoples, cultures and institutions in interdisciplinary courses, such as AMST 446 "Cultural Circuits in the Americas", and AMST 448 "Chicano and Latino Literature", providing a critical understanding of the historical, cultural, social, and political experience of Chicanos and Latinos.

Anthropology + The major in Anthropology looks into the importance of culture in shaping human behavior and the relativity of culture through courses like ANTH 140g “Native Peoples of Mexico and Central America”, ANTH 314 “The Nature of Maya Civilization”, and ANTH 425 “Peoples and Cultures of Latin America”.

Archaeology + Offering such courses as ANTH 310 "Archaeology of the Americas" and AHIS 319 "Mesoamerican Art and Culture", the major in Archaeology is a way of understanding the rich record of past human societies through the study of their material cultures.

Art History + Combining the study of art with the study of culture with such courses as AHIS 377 “Spanish Colonial Art and Architecture”, AHIS 128g “Arts of Latin America”, and AHIS 411 “Studies in Arts of the Ancient Americas”, Art History offers an unique opportunity to look in-depth into Latin and South America.

Comparative Literature + With courses like COLT 470 “Literature and Media in Latin America”, COLT 250g “Cultures of Latin America”, and COLT 375 “Latin American Cultural and Literary Theory”, a major in Comparative Literature encourages multicultural and hybrid cultural experiences.

Economics + Focusing on the global picture, the Department of Economics uses courses like ECON 471 “Economics of Labor Markets and Human Capital” and ECON 395 “Economic Policy Issues” to explain the intimate relationships between economic principles and policies in Latin and South America.

Geography + The Department of Geography offers courses such as GEOG 335 “Geography of Latin America” and GEOG 363 “Cities and Regions in World Politics” to explore the broad-ranging understandings of humans as inhabitants, observers and transformers of their environments in Latin and South America and the world.

History + With such courses as HIST 272 “Native History and Historians: Mexico and Peru to 1615”, HIST 372 “Modern Latin America”, HIST 470 “The Spanish Inquisition in the Early Modern Hispanic World”, and HIST 474 “Colonial Latin America Gender and Women's History”, the major in History allows in-depth exploration of the history and cultures of Latin and South America beyond the here-and-now.

International Relations + Using courses such as IR 213 "The Global Economy", IR 337 "The Impact of Remittances on Development in Mexico", IR 364 "The Political Economy of Latin American Development", and IR 465 "Contemporary Issues in United States-Latin America Relations" to better understand global interdependence and address new trends in policy and globalization, the major in International Relations blends the practical with the theoretical.  

Political Science + Offering courses like POSC 255g “Cultures, Civilizations and Ethnicities in World Politics”, POSC 350 “Politics of Latin America”, and POSC 431 “Political Economy of Central America”, a major in Political Science strives to better understand the vital questions associated with politics and government.

Spanish + The major in Spanish offers such courses as SPAN 304 "Survey of Fiction", SPAN 372 "Modern and Contemporary Latin American Fiction" and SPAN 462 "Literary Cartographies of Latin America and Spain, 1810-1898" to actively explore the transnational intersection of various aspects of Spanish and Latin American culture.


Problems Without Passports

Most, if not all, of the societal problems or challenges we face are transnational or global in nature. These problems like global climate change, pandemics or the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction are global challenges that do not belong to a single country. These are "problems without passports."


Study Abroad

USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences offers exciting and diverse opportunities to study abroad in 51 unique programs in 29 countries. Students are encouraged to integrate study abroad into their overall USC experience. Studying abroad offers an unparalleled opportunity for personal growth while gaining insight into other cultures, developing leadership skills, and networking for the future.