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:

  • Analyze and critically evaluate primary and secondary sources.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Evaluate the significance of the major political events and cultural figures across Latin America's colonial and national periods.
  • Analyze the connection between immigration, globalization, economic policies, and political turmoil in contemporary Latin America.
  • Compare the development of racial, ethnic, class, and gender identity categories during Spanish colonial Latin America and independent nation-states of Latin America.
  • Recognize and identify the causes and consequences of the Mexican Revolution.