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Requirements

Students must complete the following requirements for a minor in Latin American studies: seven courses, with at least four upper-division courses from at least three departments. No more than two courses can be from the department in which a student majors. Two of the required courses are foundational courses that provide students with a comprehensive understanding of Latin America as a world region. Each of the foundation courses covers a major historical period.

 

Foundational Course I

Serves as an introduction to Latin American culture and civilization from the Native American experiences, through the Spanish Conquest, to the independence of Latin American nations. Note: The director may add new courses that fulfill this requirement.

Students must select one of the following courses:

  • ANTH 185.  Peoples of Latin America
  • ANTH 186.  Mesoamerican Prehistory
  • HIST 166.  Latin America: Empires
  • SPAN 130.  Survey of Latin American Literature I

 

Foundational Course II

Serves as an introduction to Latin American culture and civilization by focusing on the formation in the 19th century of nation states and the forces shaping 20th and 21st century experiences. Note: The director may add new courses that fulfill this requirement.

Students must select one of the following courses:

  • HIST 95. Modern Latin America
  • POLI 137. Politics in South America
  • SPAN 131. Survey of Latin American Literature II
  • SPAN 137. Latin American Cultures and Civilizations

 

Language Requirement

Successful completion of SPAN 100 or 101, or equivalent Spanish or Portuguese language proficiency demonstrated by passing an examination given by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, or successful completion of one upper-division course in Latin American literature and culture taught in Spanish. Note: SPAN 100 and 101 do not count towards the seven required courses for the LAS minor.

 

Electives

Four electives (at least three of which must be upper-division) selected from three different departments. Only two electives can be from a student’s major. In lieu of one of the electives, juniors and seniors can design an independent study with the approval of the director of Latin American Studies and an affiliated faculty member. The courses that may be used to fulfill this requirement are:

Anthropology Courses
ANTH 184.  Religion and Culture in Latin America
ANTH 185.  Peoples of Latin America
ANTH 186.  Mesoamerican Prehistory

Art History Courses
ARTH 152.  Arts of Ancient Mexico: From Olmec to Aztec

English Course
ENGL 56.  Global Literatures
ENGL 156.  Global Literatures

Environmental Studies and Sciences Courses

ENVS 141.  Environmental Biology in the Tropics
ENVS 144.  Natural History of Baja
ENVS 146.  Agriculture, Environment, and Development: Latin America

History Courses
HIST 64.  Central America
HIST 95.  Introduction to the History of Modern Latin America
HIST 161.  Modern Mexico
HIST 162.  Argentina
HIST 163.  Cuba and the Caribbean
HIST 164S.  Seminar: The Catholic Church in Latin America
HIST 166.  Latin America: Empires
HIST 169.  Special Topics in Latin American History
HIST 196S.  Seminar in Latin American History

Modern Languages and Literatures Courses
SPAN 112.  Mexican Culture
SPAN 113.  The Revolution in Mexican Culture
SPAN 114.  Culture & Society of the U.S.-Mexico Border
SPAN 130.  Survey of Latin American Literature I
SPAN 131.  Survey of Latin American Literature II
SPAN 135.  Colloquium: Latin American Literature and Culture
SPAN 136.  Contemporary Latin American Short Story
SPAN 137.  Latin American Cultures and Civilizations
SPAN 139.  Haunted Literature: Ghosts & the Talking Dead in Latin American Narrative
SPAN 140.  Modern Latin American Literature I
SPAN 141.  Modern Latin American Literature II
SPAN 145.  Mid-20th-Century Latin American Literature 
SPAN 147. Cinema, Politics, and Society in Latin America
SPAN 148.  20th-Century Latin American Women Writers

Political Science Courses
POLI 136.  Politics in Central America and the Caribbean
POLI 137.  Politics in South America
POLI 147.  Politics of Mexico

Public Health Courses
PHSC 170.  Public Health in El Salvador

Religious Studies Courses
RSOC 33.  Maya Spirituality
RSOC 91.  Native Spiritual Traditions
RSOC 136.  Religion in Latin America
RSOC 139.  Mexican Popular Catholicism and Gender
TESP 60.  Hispanic Theology
TESP 65. U.S. Hispanic Theology
TESP 109.  Hispanic Spirituality: Guadalupe
TESP 165.  Romero and the Salvadoran Martyrs

Sociology Courses
SOCI 135.  Women and Social Change in Latin America
SOCI 150.  Immigrant Businesses in the United States
SOCI 180.  Immigrant Communities

 

Latinos/as Living Outside of Latin America Requirement

Students are required to complete one of the following courses.
Note: This requirement can also be fulfilled with a seminar/senior thesis course or an independent study course. The director may add new courses that fulfill this requirement.

ENGL 36.  Introduction to Latino/a Literature
ENGL 136.  Latino/a Literature and Cultural Studies
ENGL 137.  Native American Literature
ETHN 20.  Introduction to Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies
ETHN 112.  Native Peoples of the United States and Mexico
ETHN 120.  Mexican Immigration to the United States
ETHN 121.  Chicana/Chicano Families and Gender Roles
ETHN 122.  Chicana/Chicano Communities
ETTN 125.  Latinas/os in the United States
ETHN 126. Latina/o Immigrant Detention and Incorporation in the Age of Terrorism
RSOC 12.  Latinos and Lived Religion in the United States
RSOC 139. Mexican Popular Catholicism and Gender
SPAN 133.  Mexican American Literature
TESP 60.  Hispanic Popular Religion
TESP 65.  U.S. Hispanic Theology
TESP 109.  Hispanic Spirituality: Guadalupe
THTR 14.  Chicana/o and Native American Theatre

 

Students are strongly encouraged to focus on Latin American/Latino peoples and cultures for the experiential learning requirement in the new Core Curriculum. Students are encouraged to participate in a study abroad program in Latin America. Courses taken in these programs may be accepted as requirements for the minor. Students must meet with the director of the Latin American Studies program before enrolling in Latin American study abroad programs.