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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 (37–43 credits):

  • Foreign language proficiency
    This major requires proficiency in Spanish, French, or Portuguese, equivalent to five semesters of the language. Students can fulfill this proficiency in any of the following ways:
    1. through an exemption based on an assessment of proficiency in Spanish, French, or Portuguese by a member of the faculty
    2. through successful completion of a course conducted in Spanish or French at or above the advanced language level
    3. through successful completion of the minor in Spanish or French

  • HIS 1600/Introduction to Latin American Studies: 3 credits
     
  • Six approved electives in Latin American and Latino studies (18–24 credits)
     
    Students must take six approved electives that are directly related to Latin America or Latino studies, as outlined below. Up to four credits of an advanced-level language course may be used toward this requirement. Approved courses offered in the target language in which the main focus is on literary, cultural, or historical subject matter are not subject to the four-credit restriction.
     
    • Two electives chosen from courses in anthropology, environmental studies, political science, and/or sociology
    • Two electives chosen from courses in language and culture, history, and/or literature
    • Two electives chosen from courses in art history and/or cinema studies

    Students should consult with their faculty advisor to determine if a course from another discipline is an appropriate elective.
     
  • 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

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

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
HIS 2540/Society and Culture in Modern Brazil
HIS 3005/Representations of Latinos and Latinas in American Film,
   1930–2000
HIS 3395/Nation and Revolution in Latin America
HIS 3555/African Diasporas in the Americas
HIS 3625/Slaves and Enslavement in the Americas
HIS 3685/Sex and Gender in Latin America
HIS 3855/Oral History Workshop

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 3365/Languages and Cultures of Spanish-Speaking Countries*
SPA 3370/Lettered Cities: The Literatures of Latin American Cities
SPA 3630/The Modern Latin American Novel*
SPA 3687/The Idea of Latin America
SPA 3700/The Latin American Short Story*
*Taught in Spanish

Literature (School of Humanities):
LIT 3685/Modern Novel of Latin America

Music (Conservatory of Music):
MTH 2230/World Music and Jazz Traditions

Political Science (School of Natural and Social Sciences):
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 3570/Human Rights

Sociology (School of Natural and Social Sciences):
SOC 1030/Cultural Activism in Latin America
SOC 3661/Border Wars and Transnational Human Rights

Updated Mar. 31, 2016

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