Latin American Studies Courses at UCSD

The links below contain courses at UCSD that are approved to satifsy the requirements of the Latin American Studies programs.

The lists are dynamic and subject to on-going revisions. In order to find out if a course will be offered during a particular quarter or year, check the department's website.

Course Planning

Current Course for the Quarter Tentative Annual Schedule for Undergraduate Requirements

Undergraduate Majors and Minors

Undergraduate Elective Courses | Undergraduate Method Courses

Master's Students

General Graduate Courses | Theory Courses | Methods Courses

Master's Concentrations

Cultural Studies | Gender Studies | History | International Migration | Sociology

Important Note: Courses not included in these lists may be considered for credit if they contain sufficient Latin American content. Contact the Students Affairs Officer with any questions about course offerings or petitioning courses.

Courses Offered by the Latin American Studies Program:


Undergraduate:

LATI 50. Introduction to Latin America (4): Interdisciplinary overview of society and culture in Latin America—including Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America: legacies of conquest, patterns of economic development, changing roles of women, expressions of popular culture, cycles of political change, and U.S.–Latin American relations.

LATI 180. Special Topics in Latin American Studies (4):  Readings and discussion of substantive issues and research in Latin American studies. Topics may include the study of a specific society or a particular issue in comparative cross-national perspective. Topics will vary from year to year. Prerequisites: LATI 50 or permission of instructor, upper-division standing.

LATI 190. Senior Seminar (4): Research seminar on selected topics in the study of Latin America; all students will be required to prepare and present independent research papers. (Honors students will present drafts of senior research theses, of no less than fifty pages in length; non-honors students will present final versions of analytical papers of approximately twenty-five to forty pages in length). Prerequisites: satisfactory completion of LATI 50 and a working knowledge of Spanish.

Mexican Migration Field Reseach Program (MMRFP):

LATI 122A. Field Research Methods for Migration Studies: Seminar (4): Introductory survey of methods used by social and health scientists to gather primary research data on international migrant and refugee populations, including sample surveys, unstructured interviewing, and ethnographic observation. Basic fieldwork practices, ethics, and problem-solving techniques will also be covered. Students may not receive credit for both SOCI 122A and LATI 122A. Recommended: advanced competency in conversational Spanish.Prerequisites: permission of instructor (department authorization required).

LATI 122B. Field Research Methods for Migration Studies: Practicum (12): Students will collect survey and qualitative data among Mexican migrants to the United States and potential migrants, participate in team research, organize data collected for analysis, and submit a detailed outline of an article to be based on field data. Students may not receive credit for both SOCI 122B and LATI 122B. Recommended: advanced competency in conversational Spanish. Prerequisites: LATI 122A; permission of instructor (department authorization required).

LATI 122C. Field Research Methods for Migration Studies: Data Analysis (4): Continuation of SOCI 122B. Students analyze primary data they have collected in field research sites and coauthor an article for publication. Methods for organizing and processing field data, techniques of quantitative data analysis, and report preparation conventions will be covered. Students may not receive credit for both SOCI 122C and LATI 122C. Prerequisites:LATI 122B; permission of instructor (department authorization required).

 

Graduate Courses:

LATI 200. Core Seminar on Interdisciplinary Research and Methodology in Latin American Studies (4)

A team-taught course wherein members of the faculty group in Latin American Studies present diverse disciplinary and thematic approaches to the region. Topics vary from year to year. Grades are based on discussions and on a series of analytical papers. Prerequisites:enrollment in the master’s degree program in Latin American Studies or permission of instructor.

Mexican Migration Field Reseach Program (MMRFP):

LATI 222A. Field Research Methods for Migration Studies: Seminar (4): Survey of methods used by social and health scientists to gather primary data on international migrant and refugee populations, including sample surveys, unstructured interviewing, and ethnographic observation. Students serve as team leaders, design questionnaires, and conduct literature reviews. Prerequisites: permission of instructor, advanced competence in conversational Spanish (department authorization required).

LATI 222B. Field Research Methods for Migration Studies: Practicum (12): Students collect survey and qualitative data in Mexican migrants’ communities of origin and destination, serve as team leaders, organize field data collection within specific subpopulations, and prepare a detailed outline of a proposed journal article to be based on field data. Prerequisites: LATI 222A, permission of instructor, advanced competence in conversational Spanish (department authorization required).

LATI 222C. Field Research Methods for Migration Studies: Data Analysis (4): Serving as team leaders, students design and execute analysis of data they have collected in Mexican and US field research sites, and coauthor a publishable article. Methods for organizing field data, advanced techniques of quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and report preparation conventions are covered. Prerequisites: LATI 222B, permission of instructor (department authorization required).