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HIST 185 History of Latin America • 5 Cr.


Survey of the social history, political development, and cultural contributions of Latin America. Topics include ancient indigenous civilizations of Central and South America, Spanish and Portuguese colonization, revolutions for independence, the building of nation-states, ethnic diversity, and present-day patterns of migration and globalization. May be used as social science or humanities credit, not both, at BC.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Evaluate the significance of the major political and cultural figures across Latin America‚Äôs colonial and national periods.
  • Analyze the connection between twentieth century immigration patterns, economic policies of the United States, and political turmoil of Latin American nation-states.
  • Articulate a comparison of the development of racial, ethnic, class, and gender identity categories during Spanish colonial Latin America, Portuguese colonial Brazil, and independent nation-states of Latin America.
  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of the causes and consequences of the Mexican Revolution.
  • Analytically read and critically analyze primary and secondary sources for their historical significance.
  • Master effective study skills that include note-taking, peer assistance, and use of campus resources for learning.



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