Academics

Requirements

A major in this track consists of 12 courses.

Majors in this track must demonstrate intermediate proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese. This may be achieved by taking the Department Placement Test or successfully completing the language sequence through the 202 level. Native speakers of Spanish must also obtain intermediate proficiency in Portuguese. Native speakers of Portuguese must also obtain intermediate proficiency in Spanish.

No courses may be taken for this track on a pass/fail basis.

Study abroad is strongly encouraged.

Courses

  Required Courses (Take 3)
  Lat Am 101 Latin America: Contemporary Society and Culture (Taught in English)
OR Span 361 Spanish-American Civilization (Taught in Spanish) (Mandatory for Teachers)
  Span 262 Hispanic Masterpieces in Translation (Taught in English)
OR Span 352 History of Spanish-American Literature (Taught in Spanish) (Mandatory for Teachers)
  Lat Am 360 Language and Power in Latin America (Taught in English)
OR Span 320 Varieties of Spanish in the Americas (Taught in Spanish) (Mandatory for Teachers)

 

  Foundational Courses (Take 1)
  Lat Am 100 Native Peoples of South America
  Lat Am 103 Foundations of Latin American Studies
  Lat Am 105 Pre-Conquest States in the New World
  Lat Am/Hist L 155 Latin America Before 1800
OR Lat Am/Hist L 156 Latin America since 1800

 

Intermediate Courses (Take 3)
Lat Am 205 Latin American Film
Lat Am G 210 Food, Culture, and Society in Latin America
Lat Am 250 The United States and Intervention in Central America
Lat Am 270 Human Rights in Latin America
Lat Am 290 Central America: Society and Culture
Span 261 Modern Latin American Literature in Translation
Span 265 Latin America: Literature and Revolution
 

Advanced Courses 300 Level (Take 4)
Lat Am 300 Spanish Conquest in North and South America: 1492-1600
Lat Am 301 Hispanics in Urban America
Lat Am 302 Puerto Rico: Modernity, Cultural Identity and Politics
Lat Am 303 Reform and Revolution in Latin America
Lat Am 305 The Caribbean: Culture and Society
Span 320 Varieties of Spanish in the Americas (Taught in Spanish)
Lat Am 340 Latin America in the Age of Globalization
Lat Am 350 Latin American Popular Cultures
Lat Am 360 Language and Power in Latin America
Span 361 Spanish-American Civilization (Taught in Spanish)
Lat Am/Port L 375 Brazilian Civilization

 

  Advanced Courses 400 Level (Take 1)
  Lat Am/Span L 454 Argentina (Taught in Spanish)
  Span 468 The Caribbean: Cultural Identity and Intellectual History (Taught in Spanish)
  Lat Am 478 Independent Study
OR Lat Am 479 Independent Study
OR Port 479 Independent Study
  Lat Am 480 Seminar in Latin American Studies
  Lat Am 481 Capstone Seminar
  Lat Am 485 Special Topics

 

Other Options at the 400 Level

Lat Am 400 Mini-Courses

  • Short courses in Latin American Studies on specialized problems of historical and contemporary interest (1-2 credits)
  • Students who can demonstrate scheduling difficulties may petition to substitute an approved internship for Lat Am 480 or Lat Am 481 (3 credits)

Electives Outside of the Department

A maximum of two of the required four courses at the 300 level may be taken from the following list of courses offered by other departments in the College of Liberal Arts. These courses are approved for credit towards this track because they focus entirely on the societies and cultures of Latin America. Students must receive prior approval from the Chair of the Hispanic Studies Department in order for the courses to count toward the major.

Lat Am/Anth L 336 Ancient Mesoamerica
Lat Am/ Anth L 338 Ancient Peru
Econ 338 Latin American Economy
PolSci 371 Latin American Politics
PolSci 372 Central American Politics