Yamile Silva Gualteros, Ph.D., Director
The Latin American Studies Concentration is offered by the Department of Latin American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies (LA/W/S).
The Latin American Studies Concentration is designed to advance students’ awareness and understanding of Latin America and people of Latin American heritage. It seeks to provide both broad, general knowledge of the entire Latin American region, and in-depth knowledge of specific countries, regional groupings of countries, cultures, and communities. The concentration is open to all majors and it consists of courses from a variety of disciplines with a primary focus on Latin America. These courses fulfill general education requirements in the Humanities area (Foreign Languages, History, and Literature), the Social Sciences area (Political Science), Philosophy/Theology, and some of them also carry cultural diversity and writing intensive designations. Supporting courses may fulfill general education requirements in other areas as well. Core and supporting courses are listed below.
The Latin American Studies Concentration is an attractive complement to many existing majors. Related fields include world languages, international business, international language/business, international studies, history, political science, theology, philosophy and sociology. Some related professions or careers include law, government, non-governmental organizations, non-profit organizations, banking and teaching.
For more information about the Latin American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies (LA/W/S) department, visit its website.
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Placement in a previously studied language will be determined by placement testing in the University’s Language Learning Center.
Students who study Spanish must satisfy one of the following:
- 12 credits of Spanish if student begins at the 100 level. Options: 101 , 102 , 211 , 212 , 295
- Demonstrate proficiency by earning a grade of “C” or better in 311 or beyond OR by challenge exam.
Students who study Portuguese must complete PORT 210 .
Core Course Requirements
(See footnote 1 below)
18 total credits
History (3 credits)
(See footnote 2 below)
Political Science (3 credits)
Supporting Courses (12 credits)
- BIOL 204 - (E,D) Environmental Issues in Latin America
- ENLT 129 - (CL, D) Literature and Social Justice
- ENLT 251 - (CL,D,W) Borderlands Writing
- HIST 213 - (CH,D,W) Gender and Family in Latin America
- HIST 215 - (CH,D,W) Church and Society in Latin America
- HIST 327 - (CH,D,W,EPW) Race in Latin America
- HIST 490 - (W,EPW) Seminar in History 3
- LA/WS 395 - (S,D) Women and Development in Latin America
- LIT 205 - (CL,D,W) Modern Latin-American Literature in Translation
- PHIL 242 - (P,D) Latin American Thought
- LAS 295 - (S,D) Mexican Culture and Language 4
- PS 323 - (S,D) Central America
- PS 333 - United States-Latin American Relations
- SPAN 315 - Medical Spanish
- SPAN 314 - (W,EPW,D) Latin-American Culture and Civilization
- SPAN 319 - Business Spanish
- SPAN 320 - (CL) Introduction to Hispanic Literature
- SPAN 331 - (CL,D) Survey of Spanish-American Literature
- SPAN 335 - (D) Service and the Hispanic Community
- SPAN 413 - Topics in Hispanic Prose 5
- SPAN 422 - Spanish-American Drama
- SPAN 430 - (CL,D) Hispanic Women Writers
- T/RS 250 - (P,D) Latin American Liberation Theology and Beyond
1 Students who study abroad or take other appropriate classes with an emphasis on Latin America may petition to substitute classes and are encouraged to speak to the director of the program.
2 Students who take both core history courses may reduce their supporting course load to 9 credits.
3 Restricted to senior History majors or students with a Latin-American Studies concentration or major.
4 A three-credit intersession travel course to Mexico. Credit load and tuition are applied to Spring Semester.
5 May be used as a supporting course when course content is specific to Latin America.