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The Latin American Studies program provides students with an understanding of the many facets of Latin America: its art, literature and history, culture, economics, politics, and environment. The program encourages its majors and minors to develop a theoretical framework for interpreting these facets and to build the skills in language and research methods that will enable them to work effectively in the area. The Latin American Studies program offers an interdisciplinary major and minor. Cross-listed courses, and many courses taken abroad through the programs in Ecuador/Peru, Brazil, Argentina, and elsewhere count for the major and minor. All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (B.A.)
interdisciplinary, 10 courses
LTAM 210 Latin American Perspectives; at least one Spanish or Brazilian Portuguese language course at the fourth semester level or higher; at least three courses in a primary concentration of a) humanities, b) social sciences, history and psychology, or c) environmental studies, and at least three courses outside the primary concentration; a senior year independent study; and a methods course (e.g., a social science research methods course, a translation course, etc.). At least two of the 10 courses in the major must be from the advanced Latin American studies group.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR
interdisciplinary, 5 courses
At least two courses in a primary concentration of a) humanities, b) social sciences, history and psychology, or c) environmental studies, at least two courses outside the primary concentration; and at least one Spanish or Brazilian Portuguese language course at the second semester level or above.
REL 205 Tongues of Fire
REL 238 Liberating Theology
REL 241 Rastaman and Christ
SPAN 308 Culture and Identity in Latin America
SPAN 316 Voces de Mujeres
SPAN 317 Arte y Revolución
SPAN 321 Cuentos de América Latina
SPAN 345 Latin American Literary Frontiers
SPNE 308 Latin American Cinema
SPNE 311 The Latino Experience
SPNE 322 Theater and Social Change in Latin America
SPNE 330 Latina Writing in the United States
SPAN 355 Contemporary Theater: Innovations in Hispanic Drama
SPAN 365 Literature and Music of the Hispanic Caribbean
SPAN 392 Latin American Women's Writings
SPAN 420 Contemporary Latin American Novel
SPNE 345 The Paradoxes of Fiction
SPNE 355 Garcia Marquéz: The Major Works
Social Sciences, History and Psychology
ANTH 297 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
ANTH 326 Patterns and Processes in Ancient Mesoamerica Urbanism
ECON 135 Latin American Economies
HIST 205 Modern Mexican History
HIST 226 Colonial Latin America
HIST 231 Modern Latin America
POL 248 Politics of Development
POL 255 Politics of Latin American Development
PSY 245 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Psychology
Advanced Social Sciences, History and Psychology
ECON 435 Political Economy of Latin America
HIST 327 Central America and the US
PSY 346 Topics in Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSY 347 Research in Cross-Cultural Psychology
ANTH 273 Ethnographic Research and Methods
ECON 202 Statistics
POL 263 Philosophy of Political Science
PSY 210 Statistics & Design
SOC 211 Research Methods
SOC 212 Data Analysis
SPAN 231 The Art of Translation
LTAM 210 Latin American Perspectives
LTAM 450 Senior Independent Study
LTAM 210 Latin American Perspectives An introduction to Latin America through histories and novels, commentaries, analyses and movies, from the perspective of those within Latin America and those outside of it. The organization of the course is chronological, starting with accomplishments of the indigenous Americans before major European settlement and ending with the crises and issues of the early 21st century. (S. McKinney, Fall, C. Ristow, Spring)
LTAM 450 Senior Independent Study The capstone course for the major. Students choose a topic having to do with Latin America or Latinos in the United States and, working with the faculty adviser, research the topic and write a substantial final paper that is shared with the faculty and students of the program.