Course List

CLAS promotes and publicizes the teaching of courses with Latin American content in more than 20 departments and schools throughout the University of Pittsburgh. Over 250 area courses on Latin America have been offered at the University of Pittsburgh each year for the past decade. These include courses specifically focused on Latin America and/or the Caribbean and global courses that feature at least 25 percent Latin American related content taught by faculty members with Latin American expertise.

A list of Latin American area courses is compiled prior to registra­tion for each term. The list provides all of the information needed to register for the courses as well as the instructor's descriptions of the content and requirements for the course. To see a list of courses (from the previous 3 semesters) that are acceptable for fulfillment of the certificate or related concentration programs of the Center for Latin American Studies, click one of the links below. To see courses from past semesters (going back to Summer 2010), please visit the Course List Archive.


The Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures offers a complete range (elementary through advanced) of courses in the Spanish and Portuguese languages. The Department of Linguistics through its Less Commonly Taught Languages Program provides instruction in Quechua (elementary through advanced).

Sample Courses of Study

Art History and Creative Arts

  • HAA 0380              Art of the Spanish World: Religion, Identity & the Art of Accommodation
  • HAA 0520              Art and Politics in Modern Latin America
  • AFRCNA 0352       African American Dance
  • AFRCNA 1555       Afro-Caribbean Dance
  • AFRCNA 1353       Comparative Dance Expression
  • MUSIC 1332          Music in Latin America
  • SPAN 1419            Drugs, Money, and Violence: Narco Culture in Latin American Film


  • BUSECN 1508       International Economics for Managers
  • SPAN 1315            Spanish for Professional Communication
  • ECON 0500            Introduction to International Economics
  • ECON 1610            Latin American Economic Development


  • SPAN 1458            Plants, Spirituality, and Healing in Latin American Culture
  • SPAN 1459            Mapping the Female Body: A Cultural Approach to Women's Health in the Hispanic World
  • SPAN 1323            Medical Spanish
  • ENGLIT 710           Contemporary Environmental Literature: Climate of Change


To see other the Sample Courses of Study, check out this document. It includes sample plans for the following areas:

  • Africana/Caribbean Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Education
  • Gender/Sexuality Studies
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Lusophone Studies
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

To check to see if a course you've taken counts toward any CLAS credentials or if you think a course should be added to the list, please fill out this Qualtrics form.