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Every semester there are some one hundred courses offered with Latin American content at UNM.

LAS qualifying courses are drawn from more than 20 different departments and schools across campus and must contain at least 40 percent of content directly related to Latin America. To help students identify appropriate courses, each semester we compile a booklet of courses which students can consult before the registration period commences. Below are the most recent listings.

Students can work with faculty to add more Latin American content to courses that do not meet the 40% threshold with the LAS Course Content Form.

Course Spotlights

LAS courses are diverse and taught by some of the most dynamic faculty members on campus! Below are two examples of courses, one from Fine Arts and one from the Social Sciences, being offered in Spring 2019.

Experimental Music Across the Americas

MUS 442 | Dr. Ana Alonso-Minutti

This course offers a contextual exploration of a wide variety of music traditions conceived and/or perceived as experimental from across the American continent.


The Politics of Global Development

Photograph of favelas near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

POLS 323 | Dr. Jami Nelson-Nuñez

While the Western world has achieved levels of wealth, well-being and technological innovation unimaginable a century ago, many countries throughout the world continue to struggle with astonishingly high rates of poverty.  Since the end of World War II, many non-Western countries have experienced incredible economic growth while others have stagnated with very little change over the decades. This class aims to explore this variation by examining different theories of change.  We will investigate a wide array of current explanations for the variation in development across the world such as institutions, geography, culture, and the role of the West.  It begins by examining the concept of development and questioning the ethical debates development raises.  It then explores the evolution in thinking about how and why development occurs, both critiquing past theories and tracing how these theories have themselves shaped today’s economic outcomes.  The class will also examine the policy implications of various explanations to consider the opportunities each could provide in fostering greater economic and human development into the future.