University Catalog 2021-2022

History - Latin America & Caribbean (HISL)

History - Latin America & Caribbean (HISL)

HISL 1140  Freshman Seminar-Lat Amr  (3)  

Freshman Seminar in Latin American History.

HISL 1500  Special Topics  (3)  

Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty. For description, consult the department. Notes: For special offering, see the Schedule of Classes.

HISL 1710  Intro Latin Americn Hist  (3)  

Main currents of Latin American civilization from the European conquest to the present, with special attention to the historical background of present controversies.

HISL 1720  Intro Caribbean History  (3)  

This course provides a survey introduction to the history of the Caribbean basin including the island territories located in the Caribbean Sea as well as those Atlantic islands and regions of mainland Central and South America which have shared similar historical experience with the Caribbean basin. The course covers the period from the mid fifteenth century immediately before European arrival up to the present day. Major themes will include European conquest and colonialism, African enslavement, East Asian immigration, the development of multi ethnic societies, U.S. relations with the Caribbean region, and the role of tourism in recent Caribbean history.

HISL 1890  Service Learning  (0-1)  


Maximum Hours: 99

HISL 1910  Special Topics  (3)  

Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty. For description, consult the department. Notes: For special offering, see the Schedule of Classes. Course may be repeated unlimited times for credit.

Course Limit: 99

HISL 2100  Latin Am Independence Movement  (3)  

Independence movements swept the Americas in an age of radical social and political transformations. New ideas about individual rights, democracy, the public sphere, and equality shaped debates across the region. This class explores how issues of race, gender, and religion influenced these debates and the development of these new nations.

HISL 2110  Colonial Latin America  (3)  

The year 1492 marked a major watershed in global history, as Europeans began a process of colonial expansion in the Americas that would continue for several centuries. This course explores the long and complex colonial history of Latin America that began in 1492 and ended in most of the region in the 1810s and 1820s. Main themes include the long processes of material and spiritual conquest; indigenous resistance and accommodation; the Columbian Exchange of plants, animals, and diseases; the creation of colonial economies of extraction and regional articulation; the rise of mixed-race societies; and the development of colonial institutions of church and state. The course also treats the expansion of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, along with the rise of resistance movements and frontier challenges to colonial rule. We end with the responses to new crown demands in the eighteenth century and the collective struggle for independence that began in 1808.

HISL 2120  Making the Modern Caribbean  (3)  

HISL 2760  Colonial Mexico  (3)  

Social, intellectual, and institutional history of colonial Mexico.

HISL 2770  Modern Mexico  (3)  

Political, economic, and social history of Mexico during the national period.

HISL 2790  Central America  (3)  

The history of Central America since 1800 with particular attention to the establishment of political independence, economic colonialism, the transfer of hegemony over the region from Europe to North America, problems of chronic political and social instability, and popular revolutions in the 20th century.

HISL 2810  Colonial Brazil  (3)  

Brazilian colonial history from 1500 to 1822. Emphasis on major economic, social, and political developments in the context of the Portuguese Empire. Contrasts and similarities with other imperial systems receive particular attention.

HISL 2820  Modern Brazil  (3)  

Brazilian history from 1822, including the first and second empires and the republic. Attention is given to the liquidation of slavery, the replacement of imperial values by the establishment of the republic, and the military question.

HISL 2830  The Andean Nations  (3)  

A survey of the development of South America's Andean region beginning with the Inca Empire, through the establishment of the vice-royalty of New Castile and emphasizing the modern nations of Chile, Peru, and Bolivia.

HISL 2840  History of Argentina  (3)  

Political, economic, and social history of Argentina from 1516 to the present.

HISL 2850  Central America Radicals  (3)  

Central Americans have engaged in some of the most important radical and democratic movements of the 20th century. Especially after the triumph of the Nicaraguan revolution in 1979, Central America became the news story of the 1980s. Radical movements and civil wars in Guatemala and El Salvador intensified over this decade. While some saw these battles as the "twilight struggle" of the so-called Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, a battle over a supposed Soviet beachhead in "our backyard" these events have a much longer legacy. dating at least to the late-nineteenth century and involving domestic issues as much as international ones.

HISL 2910  Special Topics  (1-3)  

Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty. For description, consult the department. Course may be repeated up to unlimited credit hours.


Maximum Hours: 99

HISL 2911  Special topics  (1-3)  

Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty. For description, consult the department. Notes: For special offering, see the Schedule of Classes. Course may be repeated unlimited times for credit.

Course Limit: 99

HISL 2912  Special Topics  (1-3)  

Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty. For description, consult the department. Notes: For special offering, see the Schedule of Classes. Course may be repeated unlimited times for credit.

Course Limit: 99

HISL 2913  Special Topics  (1-3)  

Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty. For description, consult the department. Notes: For special offering, see the Schedule of Classes. Course may be repeated unlimited times for credit.

Course Limit: 99

HISL 2914  Special Topics  (1-3)  

Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty. For description, consult the department. Notes: For special offering, see the Schedule of Classes. Course may be repeated unlimited times for credit.

Course Limit: 99

HISL 3000  Historical Methods  (1)  

Historical Methods Lab. For description, consult the department.

HISL 3100  Explorers, Liars and Travelers  (3)  

This course focuses on teaching historical methods-the tools we use, as historians, to interpret and represent the past. Travelers provide an excellent and accessible body of historical sources across a wide range of time and places. But traveling is also a great metaphor for being a historian: like travelers, we lack perfect knowledge, we have questionable cultural understanding, and we try to make sense of the world we live in. This course has a required co-requisite Methods Lab.

HISL 3200  History of Voodoo  (3)  

Using works of anthropology, folklore, history, and literature, this course examines the history of voodoo in both New Orleans and Haiti, as well as the history of similar religions such as Brazilian candomble, Cuban santeria and Trinidadian orisha worship. Students will explore the development of these religious systems from slavery to the present day.

HISL 3361  Slave Rebellions  (3)  

The white supremacist who attacked Emmanuel AME church in Charleston studied slave rebellions. Why? How important were slave uprisings in the history of slavery? What do we really know about them? What should we know?

HISL 3390  The Cuban Revolution  (3)  

This course explores the histories, myths, and memories of the Cuban Revolution of 1959, from Fidel Castro to the Miami expatriate communities. 

HISL 3710  Colonial Latin America  (3)  

Readings and research on topics in the Hispanic period aimed at developing an understanding of Latin American society and institutions as they developed from the 16th to the 19th century.

HISL 3720  Mod Lat Amer. & Carib.  (3)  

Selected topics in Latin American and Caribbean history from 1800 to the present. Religion in Latin America; Dictators; Evita. Course may be repeated up to unlimited credit hours.


Maximum Hours: 99

HISL 3721  Mod Lat Amer. & Carib.  (3)  

Selected topics in Latin American and Caribbean history from 1800 to the present. Religion in Latin America; Dictators; Evita.

HISL 3750  Caribbean Slavery  (3)  

HISL 3800  Caribbean Revolutions  (3)  

Weekly readings and discussions of popular revolutions in the Caribbean region. Some attention is paid to the revolutionary tradition in Middle America before concentrating on the 20th-century revolutions there. In a search for common factors, attention is devoted not only to countries where significant revolutions have occurred already, such as Guatemala, Cuba, and Nicaragua, but also to others where revolutionary potential exists.

HISL 3910  Special Topics  (1-4)  

Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty. For description, consult the department. Course may be repeated up to unlimited credit hours.


Maximum Hours: 99

HISL 3911  Special Topics  (1-4)  

Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty. For description, consult the department. Notes: For special offering, see the Schedule of Classes. Course may be repeated unlimited times for credit.

Course Limit: 99

HISL 3912  Special Topics  (1-3)  

Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty. For description, consult the department. Notes: For special offering, see the Schedule of Classes. Course may be repeated unlimited times for credit.

Course Limit: 99

HISL 3914  Special Topics  (1-3)  

Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty. For description, consult the department. Notes: For special offering, see the Schedule of Classes. Course may be repeated unlimited times for credit.

Course Limit: 99

HISL 3950  Spec offering: Lat Amer  (3)  

For specific offering, see the Schedule of Classes. For description, consult department. Course may be repeated up to unlimited credit hours.


Maximum Hours: 99

HISL 4630  Sex/Gender Colonial Latin Amer  (3)  

This course examines conquest and colonialism through the lens of gender and sexuality. It looks at the relationships that emerged among indigenous, African, and mestizo populations and how systems of beliefs about sex, gender, and sexuality facilitated the practice of empire.  

HISL 4740  Caribbean Cultural History  (3-4)  

This course explores the development of distinctive cultural forms and patterns in the Caribbean basin from the arrival of Europeans at the end of the 15th century up to the present day. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the diverse origins and particular social contexts from which different aspects of Caribbean culture have developed.

HISL 4780  Women in Latin Am History  (3)  

An exploration of the pivotal role Latin American women have played in the area's historical development. Attention is given to how women acquired and exercised power in a male-dominated society and how class, race, sex and sex roles, and traditions have influenced and shaped women's roles.

HISL 4840  Piracy in the Americas to 1750  (3)  

Who were the "golden age" pirates and who were their main victims? What tactics did pirates use and what was done to stop them? How was piracy related to imperial expansion and resistance to it? How did the golden age pirates come to be lasting iconic cultural figures? Piracy in the Americas traces the rise and fall of sea predators in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans from the 16th to 18th centuries. 

HISL 4890  Service Learning  (0-1)  

Students complete a service activity in the community in conjunction with the content of a three-credit co-requisite course. Course may be repeated up to unlimited credit hours.


Maximum Hours: 99

HISL 4910  Special Topics  (1-3)  

Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty. For description, consult the department. Course may be repeated up to unlimited credit hours.


Maximum Hours: 99

HISL 4911  Special topics  (1-3)  

Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty. For description, consult the department. Notes: For special offering, see the Schedule of Classes. Course may be repeated unlimited times for credit.

Course Limit: 99

HISL 5380  Junior Year Abroad  (1-20)  


Maximum Hours: 99

HISL 5390  Junior Year Abroad  (1-20)  


Maximum Hours: 99

HISL 6600  Peasants, Rebellion & the State  (3)  

This seminar explores the history of peasants, rebellions and revolution in modern Lain America. Attention will focus on peasant desires and motivations as Latin America has become increasingly urban and states have grown in size and strength.

HISL 6610  Latin American Modernity  (3,4)  

This class explores the history of modernity, modernization and underdevelopment in Latin America since the 19th century. Key themes will include labor and industrialization; urbanization and the middle class; citizenship and ethnicity; and state formation.

HISL 6740  Latin American Social Hist  (3)  

A specific topic is chosen each year. The course has dealt with slavery, race relations, and social revolutions in previous years. Future topics include the history of the peasantry and peasant movements in Latin America and the development of the Latin American urban working class. Lectures, readings and discussions.

HISL 6750  Africans In The Americas  (3)  

This seminar will explore the dispersion and fate of African peoples and their descendants in the United States, the Caribbean, and Central and South America with a view to developing an understanding of African-American culture as a diverse regional phenomenon rather than one confined to the United States.

HISL 6780  Caribbean Hist: Major Themes  (3,4)  

A historiographical course focusing on major texts, major themes, and major trends in the historical literature of the Caribbean, including the island territories along with Belize and the Guianas.

HISL 6850  U.S.- Latin American Relations  (3,4)  

Traces the diplomatic, economic, and cultural relations between the United States and Latin America from the American Revolution to the present. This course seeks to demonstrate the interrelated roles of diplomacy, commerce, and inter-American cultural relations throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

HISL 6870  Race & Nation in Latin America  (3)  

HISL 6910  Special Topics  (1-4)  

Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty. For description, consult the department. Course may be repeated up to unlimited credit hours.


Maximum Hours: 99

HISL 6911  Special Topics  (1-4)  

Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty. For description, consult the department. Notes: For special offering, see the Schedule of Classes. Course may be repeated unlimited times for credit.

Course Limit: 99

HISL 7610  Seminar-Comp Hist of Americas  (3)  

This graduate seminar approaches a range of issues of comparative interest in the Americas while also exploring questions around the frameworks of comparative history, Atlantic World history, the African Diaspora, and transnational history.

HISL 7620  The City in Latin America  (3)  

This seminar explores the forces, mechanisms, and intellectual currents that define ‘the city’ in Latin America past & present. It also introduces students to various theoretical and methodological ways of approaching urban Latin America.

HISL 7710  Seminar In Mexico  (3)  

Seminar In Mexico.

HISL 7720  Sem Modern Lat America  (3)  

Seminar in Modern Latin America. Course may be repeated up to unlimited credit hours.


Maximum Hours: 99

HISL 7750  Sem In Central America  (3)  

Seminar In Central America.

HISL 7830  Historiography Col Lat America  (3)  

This advanced seminar traces major trends in colonial Latin American historiography.

HISL 7840  Historiography Mod Lat Am  (3)  

This course traces major trends in scholarship on modern Latin American history.

HISL 7910  Special Topics  (1-3)  

Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty. For description, consult the department. Notes: For special offering, see the Schedule of Classes.