Latin American Studies Program Courses

Five Content Areas

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

    HIST 125 - (CH,D) Colonial Latin America, HIST 126 - (CH,D) Modern Latin America, PS 219 - (S,D) Survey of Latin American Politics, and one of the following:
    PS 295 - (S,D) Contemporary Mexican Culture and Language or PS 323 - (S,D) Central America or PS 333 - United States-Latin American Relations

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

    PHIL 242 - (P,D) Latin American Thought

    or T/RS 250 - (P,D) Latin American Liberation Theology and Beyond

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

    BIOL 204 - (E,D) Environmental Issues in Latin America

Area 4: Literature (minimum 3 credits)

    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

Area 5: Supporting Coursework (9 credits)

    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) Race in Latin America

    HIST 490 - (W) Seminar in History

    LA/WS 395 - (S,D) Women and Development in Latin America

    SPAN 295 - (CF,D,S) Contemporary Mexican Culture and Language

    SPAN 314 - (D,W) Latin-American Culture and Civilization

    SPAN 315 - Medical Spanish

    SPAN 319 - Business Spanish

    SPAN 331 - (CL,D) Survey of Spanish-American Literature

    SPAN 335 - (D) Service and the Hispanic Community

    SPAN 413 - Topics in Hispanic Prose

    SPAN 422 - Spanish-American Drama

    SPAN 430 - (CL,D) Hispanic Women Writers

    SPAN 433 - Hispanic Lyric Poetry

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

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.