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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 
Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Latin American Studies, BA

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Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies is a multi-disciplinary program designed to advance students’ understanding of Latin America.  It seeks to provide both broad, general knowledge of the Latin American region as a whole and an in-depth knowledge of specific countries, regions, and cultures.  Students in the program are encouraged to double-major and/or minor in the wide array of disciplines offered at the University of Scranton and to study abroad in Latin America for at least one semester.

Coursework in History and Political Science provides the foundation for understanding the historical, political, cultural, and economic development of Latin America.  These classes provide an introduction of various cultures and civilizations as well as familiarity with those factors that have shaped the experiences of individuals, groups, and countries.  Students learn about the social significance of concrete events in the past and the present.  These courses enable students to appreciate more fully the specific learning objectives in upper-division courses in these same subject matters as well as specialized topics in the supporting course area.

Examining the role of philosophy and religion within the context of Latin American Studies allows students to appreciate how persons in other cultures have contemplated the human condition and the need for self-transcendence.  Instruction in these courses should engender cultural sensitivity to the intellectual traditions, belief, and practices of others while enriching students in their quests to answer fundamental questions about themselves.

The natural history of Latin America has had a tremendous influence on the development of the cultures of the people who live there.  Biology, anthropology, and geography courses provide students with a robust knowledge of the geological, geographic, biological, and cultural diversity of Latin America, and demonstrate how these dimensions have influenced the ways that humans have adapted to and altered their environment.

Literary works represent cultural, social, and political issues such as the articulation and negotiation of class, racial, and sexual identities.  The study of literature enhances an appreciation of the complexity and diversity of the cultures and histories of the different regions of Latin America.  Analysis of literary texts facilitates the acquisition of language skills and promotes effective written and oral expression.

Supporting courses allow students to acquire a general knowledge of the region by taking classes in a wide range of disciplines or to gain a deeper understanding of Latin America by focusing on one or two particular areas of interest.

Five Content Areas

Area 1: History and Political Science (minimum 12 credits)

Area 2: Philosophy and Theology/Religious Studies (minimum 3 credits)

Area 3: Biology, Anthropology, and Geography (minimum 3 credits)

Area 4: Literature (minimum 3 credits)

Area 5: Supporting Coursework (9 credits)

Please note: Students who exceed the minimum credit requirements in areas 1-4 may reduce their requirements in area 5 accordingly.  Students who study abroad and take appropriate coursework with an emphasis on Latin America may petition to substitute classes and are encouraged to speak to the director of the program.


Cognate for Major in Latin American Studies

Portuguese and Spanish are the primary languages of Latin America.  Proficiency in one or both languages is essential to a fuller understanding of the cultures, histories, intellectual traditions, and peoples of these countries.  With the twin goals of cultural and linguistic fluency, the Department strongly encourages at least a semester of study abroad in an immersion program in one of these target languages.

9-12 credits.  Students must satisfy on of the following three cognate options:

Cognate option 1: SPAN 211 SPAN 212 , SPAN 311 , and SPAN 312  (12 credits)

Students who begin SPAN at the 311 level will be required to take 6 additional credits in areas 1-5 (core).  Students who begin SPAN at the 320 level will be required to take 12 additional credits in areas 1-5 (core) or as free electives.  Total credits for major: 30 core plus 12 cognate.

Cognate option 2: SPAN 311 , SPAN 312  , and PORT 110  (10.5 credits in this option)

Total credits for major 30 core plus 10.5 cognate.

Cognate option 3: PORT 110  and PORT 210  (9 credits)

Students who begin PORT at the 210 level will be required to take 3 additional credits in areas 1-5 (core) or as free electives.  Total credits for major: 30 core plus 9 cognate.

Please note: Placement in a language class is determined by testing in the University’s Language Learning Center.

Latin American Studies Curriculum

  Department and Number - Descriptive Course Title Fall Cr. Spr. Cr.

First Year

MAJOR HIST 125 - (CH,D) Colonial Latin America  - HIST 126 - (CH,D) Modern Latin America   3 3
FREE ELECT Free Electives   3
GE WRTG-SPCH WRTG 107 - Composition  COMM 100 - Public Speaking * 3 3
GE C/IL C/IL 102 - Computing and Information Literacy * 3  
COGNATE (SPAN or PORT) Cognate (SPAN or PORT) 3-4.5 3
GE PHIL-T/RS PHIL 120 - Introduction to Philosophy  T/RS 121 - (P) Theology I: Introduction to the Bible   3 3
GE FSEM First Year Seminars 1    
    15-16.5 15

Second Year

LAS ELECT LAS Electives 3  
COGNATE OR LAS ELECT Cognate (SPAN) or LAS Electives 3 3
HUMN ELECT HUMN Electives 3 3
GE PHIL-T/RS PHIL 210 - Ethics  T/RS 122 - (P) Theology II: Introduction to Christian Theology   3 3
MAJOR - QUAN ELECT PS 219 - (S,D) Survey of Latin American Politics   QUAN Electives 3 3
 MAJOR ENLT 251 - (CL,D,W) Borderlands Writing  or LIT 205 - (CL,D,W) Modern Latin-American Literature in Translation  or SPAN 320 - (CL) Introduction to Hispanic Literature     3
    15 15

Third Year

MAJOR PS 295 - (S,D) Contemporary Mexican Culture and Language  or PS 323 - (S,D) Central America  or PS 333 - United States-Latin American Relations     3
MAJOR T/RS 250 - (P,D) Latin American Liberation Theology and Beyond  or PHIL 242 - (P,D) Latin American Thought     3
LAS ELECT LAS Electives 3  
MAJOR BIOL 204 - (E,D) Environmental Issues in Latin America   3  
FREE ELECT Free Electives 12 12
    18 18

Fourth Year

NSCI ELECT NSCI Electives 3  
LAS ELECT LAS Electives   3
FREE ELECT Free Electives 12 12
    15 15

Total: 126-127.5 Credits

1 The selection of a First Year Seminar is likely to fulfill requirements both for the First Year Seminar and a General Education Requirement.  Thus, the First Year seminar will not add to the total credits for the semester.  Talk with your advisor if you have any questions.

*An approved 3-credit EP Foundation Course may be substituted for COMM 100  and C/IL 102 -C/IL 104 .  In this case, the total needed for graduation in this major may be reduced.  Consult with your advisor if you have questions.

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