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The Latin American Studies Major

The Latin American Studies major requires 40 credits of course work, including 20 credits of core courses and 20 credits of electives.

Required Core Courses (20 credits)

  • LAS - 376 Latin American Perspectives (History 0115-140)
  • LAS - 301 Religion in Latin America (Theology 0128-363)
  • LAS - 330 Semester in Latin America
  • SPAN - 202 Fourth Semester Spanish orLatin American Studies Checklist Spring 2014
  • PORT - 102 Second Semester Portuguese
  • SPAN - 303 Latin American Literature I or
  • SPAN - 304 Latin American Literature II

Elective Courses (20 credits)

Elective courses strengthen student understanding of various areas of Latin American Studies and--in some cases (e.g., History, Modern Languages, Politics, Sociology)--enable Latin American Studies majors to obtain a Major or Minor in another discipline.

Students select two courses from two of the following three areas and one from the third: Humanities; Literature and the Arts; Social Sciences.

Humanities
  • HIST - 370 Colonial Latin America
  • HIST - 371 Modern Latin America
  • HIST - 372 Indigenous and Colonial Mexico
  • HIST - 373 Modern Mexico
  • HIST - 374 History of Central America and the Caribbean
  • HIST - 375 Brazil and Amazonia
  • HIST - 377 The Southern Cone
  • HIST - 378 Andean Nations
  • HIST - 379 Latinos in the U.S.
  • HIST - 430 Undergraduate Seminar in Latin American History
  • LAS - 363 Latin American Philosophy
  • LAS - 401 Latin American Seminar
  • LAS - 322 Liberation Theology
  • LAS - 340 Panamerican Saints: Hagiography and Politics
  • THRS - 345 Religion of U.S. Latinos
  • THRS - 305 Feminist Theology from the Third World
Literature and the Arts
  • LAS - 210 Music of the Americas
  • LAS - 305 Latin@America Performance and Culture
  • LAS - 317 Latin American Cinema
  • LAS - 350 Human Rights and Film
  • LAS - 380 Latin@s in the U.S. Media
  • SPAN - 271 Feminist Discourse and Feminist Theories in Latin American Literature or
  • SPAN - 371 Feminist Discourse and Feminist Theories in Latin American Literature
  • SPAN - 332 Survey of Spanish-American Literature
  • SPAN - 285 Language and Culture in Latin America (English)
  • SPAN - 385 Language and Culture in Latin America (Spanish)
  • SPAN - 332 Survey of Spanish-American Literature
  • SPAN - 335 Twentieth Century Spanish-American Literature
  • SPAN - 481 Senior Seminar: Latin American Literature
  • MUS - 212 Music and Social Protest
Social Sciences
  • ECON - 286 Economies of Latin America
  • ECON - 370 International Economics
  • ECON - 473 Development Microeconomics
  • LAS - 390 Special Topics
  • LAS - 395 Internship
  • POLS - 325 Latino Politics in the U.S.
  • POLS - 331 Latin American Politics
  • POLS - 338 Gender and Politics in Comparative Perspective
  • POLS - 345 Global Economic Justice
  • POLS - 450 Political Economy of Developing Nations
  • MS - 407 Alternative Media and Social Change
  • SOC - 233 Gender, Development and Globalization
  • SOC - 302 Global Inequalities and Social Justice
  • SOC - 313 Latin@-Chican@ Culture and Society
  • SOC - 320 Global Environments and Societies
  • SOC - 322 Globalization and Resistance
  • SOC - 361 Brazilian Culture and Society
  • SPAN - 301 Building Bridges: ESL in Spanish Speaking Communities
  • SPAN - 402 Service Learning Project

Learning Goals/Outcomes for the B.A. in Latin American Studies

Students who complete the B.A. in Latin American Studies will be able to:

    • Integrate perspectives from multiple disciplines to understand the diversity of the Latin American region and its peoples.
    • Understand and critically analyze the major economic, social, and political processes that have shaped the lives of Latin Americans using a variety of research tools and methodologies.
    • Communicate effectively in Spanish and/or Portuguese and demonstrate familiarity with the region's cultural and literary production.
    • Communicate knowledge about the Latin American region and be able to generate independent knowledge.
    • Be socially responsible citizens of the Americas.