CC Program in Latin America

FALL 2023: Brazil & México

There will be an information session about the below programs in Armstrong Hall 355 on March 1st, 2023 at 12:00-1:30 PM.  Please email to RSVP for this information session.  Pizza will be provided.


The CC in Latin America program offers students a unique multidisciplinary experience abroad. The Fall 2023 program provides academic immersion for two blocks in Salvador, Brazil and two blocks in Mérida, México.

Minimum prerequisites: SP201 or placement into SP305.

This is intended as a four-block program, however, students may apply for study in one country for two blocks.

Course Information

Block 1 (Aug 28-Sep 20)

Professor Naomi Wood, PG300 “Portuguese for Spanish Speakers”

Arrival in Salvador, Brazil: August 26

Through an immersive language experience, students will study Brazilian Portuguese language and Bahian culture. This is an accelerated introduction to Portuguese language. Students with intermediate level Spanish, French, or Italian are eligible. Students who have studied Portuguese language prior will be placed into a higher level language section. Prerequisite: SP201, placement into SP305 or Consent of Instructor.

Fulfills 1 unit of the language study requirement.

Block 2 (Sep 25-Oct 18)

Professor Naomi Wood and Feva Omo Iyanu, PG308  “Bahian Social Movements ”

This co-taught course focuses on social movements with roots in Afro-Diasporic knowledges and arts from the early twentieth century to the present. From the early roots of samba music and dance, to Abdias Nascimento and the Teatro Experimental Negro (TEN), Tiffany Odara and trans-rights in Candomblé, and queer painter and street artist Ani Ganzala, students will learn about the history of key social movements and debates through the proliferation of Afro-Brazilian arts-activism in the northeastern region of Brazil. Students are not required to speak advanced Portuguese but will be continue language study through ongoing courses and bilingual reading options.

Fulfills 1 unit of the language study requirement. Fulfills the Equity & Power - Global requirement (pending).

Block 3 (Oct 25- Nov 17)

Professor Ángela Castro, SP312 Oral Practice and Composition Abroad: Afroméxico: Literature, visual art, and cinema”

Arrival in Mérida, México: October 23

This course explores literature, cinema, and visual arts written and produced by Afro-Mexican writers and artists. We will read the work of Aleida Violeta Vázquez and Malaika Daren and study the meaning of “la tercera raíz.” Students will have a weeklong workshop & festival with Afro-Mérida artists to look at diasporic movements in the Yucatán region.  

Fulfills 1 unit of the language study requirement.  Fulfills the Equity & Power - Global requirement (pending).

Fall Break: Nov 20-24

Block 4 (Nov 27-Dec 20)

Professor Mónica Sánchez, SP308/TH200 “Topics in Theatre: Hidden Theatre: Translating Place. An investigation of how theatre and performance inform and are informed by the quotidian rhythms, rituals, history, individuals, and communities in and around Mérida.”

Fulfills 1 unit of the language study requirement. Fulfills 1 unit of the Creative Process Gen. Ed requirement

All courses count towards the language requirement. Both PG courses count for the minor in Luso-Brazilian Studies and/or one credit for the major in Spanish. Both SP courses count for the minor or major in Spanish. All courses also count toward the 5-unit Latin American Studies minor (contact a LAS advisor if interested).

Possible program-sponsored trips: Lençóis, Cachoeira, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and Chichén Itzá and Uxmal archeological sites, Valladolid, Hacienda Yaxcopoil, and the Celestún biosphere reserve in México. 

Application Deadlines & Process: The application is available now on SUMMIT. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until March 22, 2023. After you submit your application you will be contacted to set up an interview.

Other questions? Please contact Prof. Wood, Program Director at

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