Major in Latin American Studies

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • 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

Requirements (40 units)

Required core courses (12 units)

Regional Introduction (4 units)

  • LAS 376/HIST 140 Latin American Perspectives

Regional Linguistic Competence (4 UNITS):

  • SPAN 202 Fourth Semester Spanish (4)
    or
    SPAN 222 Spanish for Bilinguals II (4)
    or
    PORT 202 Fourth Semester Portuguese (4)

Regional Immersion Experience (4 units)

  • LAS 330 Program in Latin America

Elective Courses (28 UNITS)

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.

Take one course (4 units) from each of the following sections: Religious and Philosophical Perspectives, Historical Perspectives, Cultural Perspectives, and Social Perspectives. In addition, choose three courses (12 units) from any of the perspectives.

Religious and philosophical perspectives (4 UNITS)

  • LAS 301/THRS 363 Religion in Latin America
  • LAS 322/THRS 322 Liberation Theology
  • LAS 340/THRS 340 Panamerican Saints: Hagiography and Politics
  • LAS 363/PHIL 242 Latin American Philosophy
  • THRS 345 Religion of U.S. Latinos
  • THRS 390 Race and Religion in the Americas
  • THRS 422 Liberation Theology in Spanish

Partial Coverage Courses

  • THRS 305 Feminist Theology from the Third World(s)

Historical Perspectives (4 units)

  • LAS 370/HIST 370 Colonial Latin America
  • LAS 371/HIST 371 Modern Latin America
  • LAS 372/HIST 372 Indigenous and Colonial Mexico
  • LAS 373/HIST 373 Modern Mexico
  • LAS 374/HIST 374 Central America and the Caribbean
  • LAS 375/HIST 375 Brazil and Amazonia
  • LAS 377/HIST 377 The Southern Cone
  • LAS 378/HIST 378 Andean Nations
  • LAS 379/HIST 379 Latino/as in the U.S.
  • LAS 430/HIST 430 Undergraduate Seminar in Latin American History
  • SPAN 390 Special Topics: Revolution and Rebellion in Mexico during the 20th-21st Centuries

Cultural Perspectives (4 units)

  • ENGL 212 Introduction to Chican@ Literature
  • LAS 305/THTR 305 Latin@ American Performance and Culture
  • LAS 315/MS 315 Telenovelas and Soap Operas
  • LAS 317/MS 317 Latin American Cinema
  • LAS 380/MS 380 Latin@s in the U.S. Media
  • MS 316 Brazilian Cinema
  • SPAN 206 Confluences and Conflicts in the Hispanic/Latino World
  • SPAN 255 Small, Round & Juicy: The Modern Hispanic Short Story
  • SPAN 272 Gender and Sexuality in Latina Literature
  • SPAN 333 Subversive Feminine Enjoyment in Latin American Film and Literature
  • SPAN 335 20th Century Spanish-American Literature
  • SPAN 336 Feminist Discourse and Feminist Theories in Latin American Literature
  • SPAN 346 Evil in Latin American, Hispanic and Latino Literature
  • SPAN 360 Studies in Latin American Culture
  • SPAN 375 Literature of U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
  • SPAN 431 Rewriting Dante's Divina Commedia in Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN 457 Undoing Reality/Redoing Reality: Latin American Narrative
  • SPAN 458 The Latin American City in its Cinema: Urban Spaces and Living Practices
  • SPAN 459 Borges, the Readerly Writer

Partial Coverage Courses

  • ART 309 Art of the Americas
  • LAS 210/MUS 210 Music of the Americas
  • LAS 350/MS 350 Human Rights and Film
  • MUS 203 Music and Social Protest
  • THTR 303 Performance and Cultural Resistance

Social Perspectives (4 units)

  • ECON 286 Economics of Latin America
  • INTD 363 Economics of the Developing World
  • LAS 313/SOC 313 Latin@-Chican@ Culture and Society
  • LAS 331/POLS 331 Latin American Politics
  • LAS 396 Internship (3-6 units)
  • POLS 325 Latino Politics in the U.S.
  • SOC 314 U.S. Mexico Borderlands
  • SOC 361 Brazilian Culture and Society
  • SPAN 225 Spanish and Spanish Speakers
  • SPAN 325 Language and Culture in Latin America
  • SPAN 301 Building Bridges

Partial Coverage Courses

  • ECON 473 Developmental Microeconomics *
  • MS 407 Alt Media & Social Change *
  • POLS 210 Immigration & Citizenship in U.S. *
  • POLS 338 Gender and Politics in Comparative Perspective
  • POLS 345 Global Economic Justice *
  • POLS 450 Political Economy of Developing Nations *
  • SOC 233 Gender, Development and Globalization
  • SOC 302 Global Inequalities and Social Justice *
  • SOC 322 Resistance to Corporate Globalization

Additional Elective Courses (12 units)

Additional electives can be courses from any of the above perspectives.

*Students taking these courses must do their final research project focused on Latin America and bring a copy of it to the LAS director.

Contact Info

Office of Latin American Studies

Kalmanovitz Hall, 334
(415) 422-2940