Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Curriculum

The Latin American & Hemispheric Studies major begins with a foundation that builds intellectual skill in the topics that are important to international issues: economics, history, political science, and anthropology. It complements that core with courses specific to the region: local politics, security of the southern cone, human movement, and the region's relationships with its northern neighbors. All Elliott School students must also complete the General Bachelor of Arts requirements in addition to their major requirements.

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The foundation course should be taken before junior year.

IAFF 2090 Latin America: Problems and Promise

Students must prove 3rd year proficiency in a modern foreign languages by examination or coursework. If you would like information on the Elliott School foreign language examinations, please contact your academic advisor.

Spanish or Portuguese

SPAN 1011 or 1012, 1013, 1014, 2005, 2006 or 2056

– OR –

PORT 1001, 1002, 1003, 1004, 2005, 2006

– or –

PORT 1012, 1003, 1004, 2005, 2006

*Portuguese courses offerings are dependent on faculty availability*

Students must take a course from one of the regions below to gain an understanding of a region of the world outside of Latin America and the United States.


ANTH 3708 Anthropology of Africa
ECON 2198 Economics of Africa*
GEOG 3164 Geography of Africa
HIST 3501 Special Topics in African History *

  • African History Since 1880

HIST 3530 Women in Africa
HIST 3540 West Africa to Independence
IAFF 2093 Africa: Problems and Prospects
IAFF 2190W Special Topics *

  • North Africa and the World
  • Rising Africa and the World

IAFF 3189 Special Topics in African Studies:*

  • Inernational Relations in Africa
  • Religion in Africa
  • Transnational Justice in Africa

IAFF 3190 Special Topics in International Affairs

  • China and Africa*
  • Women and Leadership in Africa

PSC 2381 Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
PSC 2482 African International Politics
PSC 3192W Proseminar in Political Science*

  • Comparative Politics of Africa
  • Development Challenges in Africa
  • Government and Politics of Africa

Academic Advisor Approval required for courses not listed here.


ANTH 3703 Cultures of the Pacific
ANTH 3704 Cultures of Southeast Asia
ANTH 3705 Anthropology of East Asia
ANTH 3791 Anthropology of South Asia
ECON 2198 East Asian Economies*
GEOG 3165 Geography of South Asia
HIST 3640 History of Southeast Asia
HIST 3650 Modern South Asia, 1750-Present
IAFF 2091 East Asia Past and Present
IAFF 3186 Special Topics in Asian Studies: *

  • Development Issues in Southeast Asia
  • History and Politics of South Asia
  • Indo-Pacific Security Challenges
  • Memory & Reconciliation: Asia
  • Politics and Conflict of South Asia

IAFF 3190 Special Topics in International Affairs: *

  • Human Rights and Democracy in Southeast Asia

PSC 2369 Comparative Politics of South Asia
PSC 2373 Comparative Politics of South & Southeast Asia
PSC 2475 International Relations of East Asia
PSC 3192W Politics and Protest in East Asia*

* Academic Advisor Approval required for courses not listed here.

Europe and Eurasia

ECON 2133 Economies of the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe
HIST 1121 Europe's War of Ideas 1750-Today
HIST 2125 Twentieth Century Europe
HIST 3126 European Integration: A History
HIST 3168 The Two Germanys and the Cold War
HIST 3178 The Making of the Modern Balkans
IAFF 2092 Russia and Eastern Europe: An Introduction
IAFF 2094 Europe: International & Domestic Interactions
IAFF 3185 Special Topics in Europe & Eurasia *

  • Nationalism in Russia and Eurasia
  • The European Union
  • The EU and Russia

IAFF 4191W Research Seminar: Europe*
PSC 2330 Comparative Politics of Western Europe
PSC 2331 Comparative Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
PSC 2332 European Integration

Academic Advisor Approval required for courses not listed here.

Middle East

ANTH 3707 Anthropology of the Middle East
GEOG 3154 Geography of the Middle East and North Africa
HIST 3801 Special Topics in Middle Eastern History: *

  • Gender and the Middle East

HIST 3811 Middle East in the 20th Century
IAFF 2040 Basic Topics in International Affairs*

  • Middle East: An International Affairs Survey

IAFF 2190W Special Topics: *

  • Arab Politics
  • Challenges and Change in the Middle East
  • Politics and Culture in the Middle East

IAFF 3188 Special Topics in Middle East Studies *

  • Militaries and Politics in the Middle East
  • Political Islam
  • Security Issues in the Greater Middle East
  • US Policy in the Gulf

IAFF 4191 Research Seminar: Political Islam*
PSC 2377 Comparative Politics of the Middle East
PSC 2478 International Relations of the Middle East

Academic Advisor Approval required for courses not listed here.

Students must complete one course pertaining to qualitative or quantitative social science research methods.

  • Credit for only one of the following courses may be applied toward a degree: STAT 1051, 1053, or 1111.
  • STAT courses may not be double-counted between the Math requirement and the Research Methods requirement.

Select One:
ANTH 3531 Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology
ECON 2123 Introduction to Econometrics
GEOG 2104 Introduction to Cartography/GIS
GEOG 2105 Techniques of Spatial Analysis
IAFF 2040 International Affairs Research Methods*
PSC 2101 Scope and Methods of Political Science
PSYC 2101 Research Methods in Psychology
PUBH 3131 Epidemiology: Measuring Health and Disease
PUBH 3199 Qualitative Research Methods*
SOC 2101 Social Research Methods
SOC 2111 Field Research
STAT 1051 Introduction to Business & Economic Statistics
STAT 1053 Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
STAT 1111 Business and Economic Statistics I
STAT 2105 Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences
STAT 2112 Business and Economic Statistics II

*Academic Advisor approval required for courses not listed here.

Select One:

Another 3000- or 4000-level literature course may be substituted for the courses below with the approval of the Program Director.

PORT 4800 Independent Study*
SPAN 3100 General Readings in Spanish Literature
SPAN 3410 Latin American Short Fiction
SPAN 3420 The Essayist Tradition in Latin America
SPAN 3600/4600 Special Topics in Spanish-American Literature
SPAN 4800 Independent Study*

Program Director pre-approval required.

History (3 Credits)

Select One:

HIST 3701 Topics in Latin American History

HIST 3710 History of Latin America I
HIST 3711 History of Latin America II

Political Science (3 Credits)

Select One:

PSC 2383 Government and Politics of Latin America
PSC 2484 International Relations of Latin America

Economics (3 Credits)


ECON 2151 Economic Development

Geography (3 Credits)


GEOG 3161 Geography of Latin America

Anthropology (3 Credits)

Select One:

ANTH 3702 Anthropology of Latin America
ANTH 3891 Special Topics in Archaeology

  • Courses with Latin American content Pre-Approved by the Program Director

ANTH 3991 Special Topics in Anthropology

  • Courses with Latin American content Pre-Approved by the Program Director
    – OR –
  • another 3000-level anthropology course with Latin American content approved by the Program Director

International Affairs (6 Credits)

Select Two:

IAFF 2190W Pre-Approved Special Topics Courses with Latin American content. Program Director approval required for courses not listed here.

  • Latin American Populism

IAFF 3183 Pre-Approved Special Topics in Development Policy Courses with Latin American content. Program Director approval required for courses not listed here.

  • Post Disaster Development: Haiti

IAFF 3187 Special Topics in Latin America and Hemispheric Studies
All IAFF 3187 courses may be used for this requirement and are repeatable for credit with different titles. 

* Undergraduatuate students may be able to enroll in LAHS graduate courses with professor approval.

Select two courses related to Latin America from any discipline and submit a Related Coursework Form pdf to Undergraduate Academic Advising with the Program Director's signature.