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)
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 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:
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.
Total credits for major 30 core plus 10.5 cognate.
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.