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Latin American Studies

Majoring & Minoring

Major in Latin American Studies: 10 courses (Majors consist of a minimum of 30 credits.)

 

  • Two courses from:

HIS16-364 Colonial Latin America

HIS16-374 Modern Latin America

HIS16-654 Latin American History in Film and Literature

HIS16-664 The Mexican Revolution

Note: Students may substitute these courses for others offered in disciplines besides Spanish, subject to approval by the Chair of the Latin American Studies Program.

  • Two courses from:

SPA15-334 Conversation Through Hispanic Cinema

SPA15-344 Introduction to Literary Studies

SPA15-354 Cultures of Latin America

SPA15-504 Selected Topics in Hispano-American Literature

SPA15-514 Readings in Pre-20th-Century Hispano-American Literature

SPA15-524 Readings in Contemporary Hispano-American Literature

SPA15-534 Cultural Memory in Latin America

SPA15-544 Hispano-American Literature Abroad

SPA15-614 Topics in Hispanic Film

SPA15-624 Topics in Hispanic Literature

SPA15-634 Topics in Hispanic Culture

  • Five additional Latin American Studies courses, in at least three different disciplines, chosen from:

ANT35-244 Race, Class and Gender in the Caribbean

ANT35-254 Latina/o and Latin American Spiritualities

ARH71-314 Art of Mesoamerica

ARH71-324 Art of the Andes

ARH 71-354 Latin American Cities and Frontiers

ARH71-364 Native Books, Images and Objects

ARH71-374 Painting a New World

PHI 18-104 Philosophy and the Haitian Revolution

PHI18-284 Philosophies of the Americas

PSC32-614 Latin American Politics

PSC32-764 Advanced Seminar in Latin American Politics

SOC34-334 Latina/os & Education in the U.S.

Other courses whose main content focuses on Latin America may count toward the major, subject to approval by the Chair of the Latin American Studies Program.

At least one course in the Latin American Studies major must be writing attentive (WA).

LAS majors must complete at minimum a two-credit capstone experience, which may be linked to existing departmental capstone courses. The LAS capstone project must include a paper and oral presentation concentrating on a topic pertaining to Latin America, and must be in English unless conducted as part of a paired major with Spanish (see below). For the case in which a capstone course is unavailable in the particular department of interest, an independent study will count as a capstone. The Chair of Latin American Studies must approve all capstone projects before student registration.

LAS majors are required to take an exit exam and/or an oral interview to measure their proficiency in Spanish, as measured in the STAMP (Standard-Based Measurement of Proficiency Exam) at a mid-intermediate rating (level 4).

LAS majors must take at minimum a long semester study abroad experience in a Spanish speaking country in Latin America and/or the Caribbean.

 

Students may pursue a paired major with Spanish in which up to two courses may be counted toward both majors. In addition to the LAS courses listed above, any of the following Spanish courses may be considered for the SPA/LAS paired major: Spanish 15-334, 15-354, 15-504, 15-514, 15-524, 15-544, 15-614, 15-624, 15-634. Students who pair LAS and Spanish may be able to take the Spanish Capstone, with a concentration in LAS, for a total of 6 credits hours (4 for Spanish and 2 for LAS).

 

Minor in Latin American Studies: 5 courses (Minors consist of a minimum of 18 credits.)

  • One course from:

HIS16-364 Colonial Latin America

HIS16-374 Modern Latin America

Note: Students may substitute these courses for others offered in disciplines besides Spanish, with the permission of the Chair of the Latin American Studies Program.

  • Four additional upper-level courses in Latin American Studies in at least three different disciplines selected from those courses available for the major.

LAS minors must demonstrate proficiency in Spanish, as measured in the STAMP (Standard-Based Measurement of Proficiency Exam), at a low-intermediate rating (level 3).

LAS minors must take at minimum a short (e.g., summer) study abroad experience in a Spanish speaking country in Latin America and/or the Caribbean..

 

Latin American Studies (LAS)

06-001, 002, 003, 004       SELECTED TOPICS. May be repeated with change in topic.

06-301, 302, 303, 304       SELECTED TOPICS. May be repeated with change in topic.

06-901, 902, 903, 904       TUTORIAL.

06-941, 942, 943, 944       ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP. Must be taken Pass/D/F.

06-951, 952, 953, 954       INDEPENDENT STUDY. May be repeated with change in content.

06-984                               HONORS. By invitation only.