Caribbean and Latin American Studies

The Latin American and Caribbean region is home to close to 600 million people, a diverse population that comprises indigenous peoples and groups that trace their origin to Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. It includes six of the thirty largest metropolitan regions in the world (Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Lima, and Bogota).

The Caribbean and Latin American studies major allows students to explore this vast region from a variety of perspectives, including history, literature, music, religious studies, economics, and educational studies. Faculty expertise ranges across South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. In addition, Hartford itself represents an excellent window into the Latin American and Caribbean world, thanks to its immigrant communities from the cultures of Puerto Rico, the West Indies (including Trinidad and Jamaica), Brazil, and Peru, among others.

Caribbean and Latin American Studies majors engage deeply in the region by spending a semester or year in two of Trinity’s study abroad programs: 1) Trinity-in-Buenos Aires, Argentina. This program provides students with both intermediate and advanced Spanish language abilities an opportunity to study and live in this vibrant Latin American city.  Whether you have just begun Spanish, need to fulfill your language requirement, or are a more advanced speaker, this program has a great deal to offer; 2) the Trinity-in-Trinidad  option in the English-speaking Caribbean is a great comparative contrast. This program includes an 8-10 day study-travel experience in Caribbean Costa Rica. In this option students explore Caribbean Civilization via unparalleled immersion experiences in and out of the classroom in two of the Caribbean region’s most dynamic, unique, and diverse societies. Students are strongly encouraged to plan a one-year sequence of study in Argentina, Trinidad and Caribbean Costa Rica. A non-Trinity program in another Latin American or Caribbean country may be approved only if strong curricular reasons are presented.

Curricular requirements

In addition to the language and study away requirements for all majors (see Major Requirements page), the Caribbean and Latin American Studies major consists of ten credits, distributed as follows:

  • Area courses (five credits)—These must be chosen according to the following guidelines and include at least one course at the 300 level and taken at Trinity:
  • Required common course: INTS 216. Understanding the History, Culture and Politics of Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Four additional credits distributed among at least three of the following four categories:
  • Social science
    • ECON 231. Latin American and Caribbean Economic Development
    • EDUC 307. Latinos in Education: Local Realities, Transnational Perspectives
    • INTS 103. Hugo Chávez: Oil, Revolution and Democracy in Latin America
    • POLS 231. Politics and Human Rights in Contemporary Latin America
  • Culture
    • BUEN 300 The Urban Experience, Human Rights, and Cultural Production (course taught in Buenos Aires)
    • HISP 263. Latin American Culture I (Pre-Columbian Era to Enlightenment)
    • HISP 264. Latin American Culture II (Independence to Present Day)
    • HISP 270. Introduction to Cultural Analysis
    • HISP 280. Hispanic Hartford
    • INTS 240. Theories of Race and Modernity in Latin America
    • INTS 262. Peoples and Culture of the Caribbean
    • MUSC 111. Samba Ensemble (1/2 credit per semester, 2 semesters required)
    • MUSC 215. Music of Latin America and the Caribbean
    • MUSC 219. Toca Brasil! (Play Brazil!)
    • MUSC 220. Human Rights and Music
    • PHIL 247. Latin American Philosophy
    • TNTB 300. Caribbean Civilization (course taught in Trinidad)
  • History
    • HIST 108. Race and Ethnicity in Latin America and the Caribbean
    • HIST 224. Gender in Brazilian History
    • HIST 235. Colonialism in the Americas
    • HIST 238. Introduction to Caribbean History
    • HIST 247. Latinos and Latinas in the United States
    • HIST 256. Human Rights in Latin America and Caribbean: A History
    • HIST 320. Gender and Masculinity in Latin America
    • INTS 283/HIST 283. African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean
    • HIST 314. Politics and Revolution in Central America
    • HIST 323. Sex, Love, and Gender in Latin America and the Caribbean
    • HIST 378. Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans: Colony, Nation, Diaspora
    • HIST 379. The Cuban Revolution: Historical Origins and Evolution
    • INTS 383/HIST 383. Sports, Race, and Nationalism
  • Literature and culture—taught in Spanish
    • HISP 314. Indigenous Peoples in Spanish American Literature and Culture
    • HISP 319. The Stylistics of Violence: Discourses and Narratives of Violence in the Hispanic World
    • HISP 320. Emigration and Transatlantic "Cultural Commerce"
    • HISP 325. Literature of Popular Consciousness and Revolution
    • HISP 331. The Boom and Beyond
    • HISP 335. Misplaced/Displaced Narratives in Latin American Literature
    • HISP 342. Latin American Theater
    • HISP 344. Spanish American Historical Novel
    • HISP 366. La Mexicanidad
    • HISP 372. Unstable Worlds: Jorge Luis Borges
    • HISP 375. War, Truth, and Culture in Latin America
  • Electives (three credits)—Electives may consist of additional area courses from any of the area studies majors, additional Global Core courses, or language courses in excess of the four semester requirement.
  • INTS 401. Senior Seminar in International Studies (one credit)