Latin America

History 283: Environmental History of Latin America

From the colonial "plague of sheep" to the 21st century megacity, Latin Americans have interacted in complex ways with their natural environment. This class will survey the environmental challenges that began with the introduction of European plants and animals during the colonial period and intensified with the creation of export economies based on agriculture and mining. The class will take a close look at contemporary issues, including struggles over water, land use, rain forest preservation, and ecotourism. Distribution area: social sciences or cultural pluralism.

Prof. Charlip, 4 credits, MW 2:30-3:50

-Open to first-year students.
-Counts toward the College's Cultural Pluralism and Alternative Voices Requirements


History 288: Reform or Revolution: Latin America in the Twentieth Century

The 20th century in Latin America has been characterized by the struggle for social, economic, and political change. The key dispute has been between those who believe change can be made by reforming existing structures, and those who believe that revolution is the only effective way to create change. This class will explore movements for change, including the revolutions in Mexico, Bolivia, Cuba, and Nicaragua.

Prof. Charlip, 4 Credits, TuTh 2:30-3:50

-Open to first-year students.
-Counts toward the College's Cultural Pluralism and Alternative Voices Requirements
-May count toward a Gender Studies major