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The Latin American Studies BA Program: Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all Latin American studies majors must complete the following requirements (41 credits):

  • HIS 1600/Introduction to Latin American Studies: 3 credits
  • Foreign language and electives: 22 credits
    To achieve the required proficiency (equivalent to five semesters of Spanish or French), up to 16 credits of foreign language may be required. Students who achieve proficiency with less than 16 credits of foreign language may substitute electives. At least 14 of the 22 credits must be upper level.
  • One of the following methods courses: 4 credits
    SOC 3405/Research Methods
    ANT 3560/Fieldwork: Qualitative Methods
    HIS 3880/Junior History Seminar
    Or a designated upper-level course in the humanities or the arts that provides senior project preparation, to be chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor
  • Experiential learning—one of the following: 4 credits
    LST 3050/Experiential Learning in Latin American Studies
    LST 3995/Internship in Latin American Studies
    Or an approved study-abroad program
  • SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
  • SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

Examples of Electives

Anthropology (School of Natural and Social Sciences):
ANT 2330/New Immigrants in the U.S. (discontinued 8/28/15)
ANT 2470/Museum Anthropology
ANT 3185/Global Media, Local Cultures

Art History (School of Humanities):
ARH 3335/Latin American Art in the Age of Globalization
ARH 3815/Mexican Art From the Revolution to the NAFTA Era
ARH 4590/Pre-Columbian Aesthetics in Modern Latin American Art
ARH 4775/Performance Art in the West African Diaspora

Cinema Studies (School of Film and Media Studies):
CIN 3000/Cinema and Revolution
CIN 3080/Mexican Cinema
CIN 3245/Latin American Cinema

Economics (School of Natural and Social Sciences):
ECO 2223/Economies of Latin America

Environmental Studies (School of Natural and Social Sciences):
ENV3420/Tropical Ecosystems

History (School of Humanities):
HIS 2005/Modern Latin America
HIS 2170/Colonial Latin America
HIS 2215/Latinos and Cities in the Americas (formerly HIS 3215)
HIS 2540/Society and Culture in Modern Brazil
HIS 3005/Representations of Latinos and Latinas in American Film,
HIS 3395/Nation and Revolution in Latin America
HIS 3555/African Diasporas in the Americas (added Fall 2014)
HIS 3625/Slaves and Enslavement in the Americas
HIS 3685/Sex and Gender in Latin America

Language and Culture (School of Humanities):

French Language and Culture:
FRE 3067/French Caribbean Literature
Spanish Language and Culture:
SPA 3211/Spanish and Latin American Cinema
SPA 3270/Literature and Memory in Argentina
SPA 3365/Languages and Cultures of Spanish-Speaking
   Countries* (added Spring 2014)
SPA 3370/Lettered Cities: The Literatures of Latin American
   Cities* (added Spring 2015)
SPA 3630/The Modern Latin American Novel*
SPA 3687/The Idea of Latin America (reinstated Spring 2014)
SPA 3700/The Latin American Short Story*
*Taught in Spanish

Literature (School of Humanities):
LIT 3685/Modern Novel of Latin America (formerly offered as SPA 3685)

Music (Conservatory of Music):
MTH 2230/World Music and Jazz Traditions (formerly offered as SOA 2580)

Political Science (School of Natural and Social Sciences):
POL 2230/The Dominican Republic: Between Latin America and
   the U.S. (discontinued Spring 2016)
POL 3130/Immigration: Policies, Problems, and Politics
POL 3300/Development and Politics of Latin America
POL 3307/Politics and Memoir
POL 3340/U.S./Latin American Relations
POL 3361/Cuba, Latin America, and the U.S.
POL 3390/Democratization: Latin America (discontinued Spring 2016)
POL 3570/Human Rights
POL 3665/Immigration Debated: A Seminar

Sociology (School of Natural and Social Sciences):
SOC 1030/Cultural Activism in Latin America
SOC 2140/Race and Ethnicity
SOC 2750/Social Activism, Memory, and Human Rights in Argentina
SOC 3056/Global Social Movements
SOC 3255/Global Populations, Local Problems
SOC 3660/International Migration Today (replaced by SOC 3661,
   Spring 2016)

SOC 3661/Border Wars and Transnational Human Rights (replaces
   SOC 3660, Spring 2016)

SOC 3725/Globalization, Culture, Social Change: Latin America

Updates to the 2013–15 College Catalog:

Effective Fall 2014:

  • The senior project (formerly LST 4990, two semesters, 8 credits total) is now SPJ 4990/Senior Project I and SPJ 4991/Senior Project II, 4 credits each. The internship (formerly LST 3980) is now LST 3995.

Updated Nov. 6, 2015

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