Dr. Langfur is very knowledgeable of colonial Latin American, and especially Brazilian, history. His course evaluates the social, political, and cultural history of Latin America from Pre-Columbian times (Aztec/Inka empires and smaller indigenous peoples) to the independence era (1820s). It focuses on Central Mexico, coastal Brazil, and Peru. 3 critical themes in this course are a) the diversity of Latin America, b) the inequalities between Europeans, indigenous peoples, and Africans, and the various social divisions within these groups, and c) how these groups formed pacts that ensured social, political, and economic inequalities. His lectures provide exactly the information needed for historical terms that you'll need to incorporate on your exams, which are 1-2 essays. You'll use primary sources in your textbook to make a presentation, in which you will summarize the source and explain how it could be used in one of 1-3 six-page papers you have to write. He gives you three opportunities to write papers, but you only have to write 2 of them. You can choose your own topic (go to office hours if you need help) and you have to combine 3 primary source documents, chapters from a primary textbook (Colonial Latin America by Burkholder and Johnson), and books related to Malintzin, Africans in colonial Brazil, and the Tupac Amaru Revolt (which you will have to read and discuss in class). Personally, I believe that there should be less emphasis on writing, but Dr. Langfur wants to prepare students to write concisely so that you will have a grasp of what history graduate programs are like. You will learn more than you ever wanted to about pre-independence Latin America, Spain and Portugal from the 1460s-1820s, and Latin American indigenous peoples. It will tell you if you want to learn more about Latin America or Brazil in particular-he teaches a Brazilian history course as well.