art gallery showing Latin American art including sculpture, murals.
The Allen Memorial Art Museum’s celebration of contemporary Latin American art featured an off-site exhibition of sculpture, graphics, and video by the artist collective known as assume vivid astro focus (avaf). Spearheaded by Eli Sudbrack, a Brazilian-born artist based in New York, avaf is known for creating large, multimedia installations. Campy photographic images culled from various pop culture sources are spliced together with neon colors and psychedelic animation. Photo credit: John Seyfried
Program Overview

Latin American Studies

Program Type: Major
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department: Latin American Studies

The Latin American studies major is a dynamic, interdisciplinary academic program focusing on Latin America and the Caribbean: their peoples, cultures, society, languages, literature, traditions, history, economy, and relations with other areas.

Why Study Latin American Studies at Oberlin?

Variety of Courses
Associated Faculty
Study Away Programs
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Students gather in the Spanish House Lounge to color and enjoy snacks as part of Art Therapy Night. Photo credit: Pang Fei Chiang ’19

La Casa Hispánica

La Casa Hispánica, officially known as Harvey House or Spanish House, is a themed-based residence hall for students interested in learning and speaking Spanish. The Hispanic studies and Latin American studies departments often sponsor functions for students eager to practice and improve their Spanish-speaking skills. Celebrations, guest lecturers, mini concerts, birthday parties, special meals, and more take place here. Most in Spanish.

Sample Courses

  • HIST 109 - Latin American History: Conquest and Colony 4 credits
  • CAST 201 - Latinas/os in Comparative Perspective 4 credits
  • AAST 347 - Culture, History, and Identity: Caribbean Literature and the Politics of Survival 4 credits
  • HISP 317 - Survey of Latin American Literature I: Defining Latin America 4 credits

Latin American Studies Faculty

Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who make important contributions to their disciplines through writing and research. Areas of interest include Mexican and Caribbean literary and cultural studies; Latin American militaries; literature, film, and politics of Central America; and indigenous peoples. They are committed to undergraduate education and teach everything from first-year seminars to advanced courses.

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Latin American Studies News

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A Conversation with Baron Pineda

October 17, 2018
A cultural anthropologist specializing in human rights and indigenous peoples, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies Baron Pineda is one of seven scholars advising Facebook on the challenges of enforcing community standards.