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Region: Africa and Latin America

Sample Course Path

The histories of Africa and Latin America are closely intertwined, not least because of the terrible institution of slavery. So while one could easily construct a path in either of these areas, alone, students might find it particularly fascinating to chart the ways in which Africa and Latin American cultures have impacted each other.

Please note that the courses listed below are only suggestions. Students’ individual selections may vary due to course availability and personal interest. See advisors for questions about specific courses or requirements.

Lower Division Courses
16 credits/4 courses
HIST 105 World History II: Early Modern
HIST 106 World History III: Modern
HIST 250 African-American History I
HIST 290 Historian’s Craft required of all majors
300-Level Upper Division Courses
12 credits/3 courses
HIST 325 Precolonial Africa Africa/Middle East field; pre-1800 history
HIST 380 Latin America I US field; pre-1800 history
HIST 382 Latin America III Latin America field
400-Level Upper Division Courses
21 credits/5 courses
HIST 407 Ethnicity in Latin America required research seminar; Latin America field
HIST 415 Topic: Global Migrations World field
HIST 415 Topic: Age of Imperialism World field
HIST 417 Apartheid South Africa Africa/Middle East field
HIST 419 Topic: Colonial South Africa Africa/Middle East field
Language Requirement
2 years of a second language or demonstrated proficiency
SPAN 101, 102, 103 First Year Spanish
SPAN 201, 202, 203 Second Year Spanish

Why It Works

This path concentrates on two regions with close ties while also fulfilling the 49 required credits for the major.

These upper division courses provide 8 credits for the pre-1800 history requirement (HIST 325 and HIST 380) and 8 credits each in three fields of study (Latin AmericaAfrica/Middle East, and World).

HIST 407 research seminar is required of all majors and also counts toward the overall minimum for upper division credits. Note that the topic in this example (Ethnicity in Latin America) also counts toward the Latin America field.

Spanish is suggested for meeting the language requirement given the focus on Latin America. However, there are many language options available at UO to fulfill the second language requirement, including African languages.