Latin American Studies (LAS)

LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

Latin America is a complex and diverse region that resulted from the encounter of indigenous societies, European colonizers, and African peoples. Latin America today is one of the most dynamic regions in the world in terms of economic growth, political interaction with the U.S., and the preservation of natural and cultural resources. The minor in Latin American Studies provides students an opportunity to study this field from a variety of disciplinary angles. By employing the tools of various disciplines, including art and art history, history, Spanish, geography and others, students can begin the process of understanding these fascinating peoples and nations. The increasing interdependence of the Americas demands that students gain as much exposure as possible to the issues and forces related to the constantly changing relationships between the United States and Latin America.

FACULTY

Phil Crossley, Heather Orr, Heather Thiessen-Reily, Lynn Sikkink

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAM

Latin American Studies Minor:
The Latin American Studies minor consists of 21 credits: 15 credits of core courses (including 6 Spanish language credits beyond SPAN 101 and 102) and 6 credits of electives:

ART 421  Art of Mesoamerica and the Andean Region of South America

3 cr

GEOG 351  Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean

3 cr

HIST 260  History of Latin America

3 cr

SPAN 254*  Intermediate Spanish I

3 cr

SPAN 255*  Intermediate Spanish II

3 cr

LAS 400  Latin American Studies Senior Portfolio

0 cr

Two of the following**:

 

ANTH 320  Cultural Ecology

3 cr

ECON 303  International Economics and Globalization

3 cr

HIST 360  Mexico  

3 cr

HIST 364  Women in Latin American History

3 cr

HIST 365  Latin American Revolutions

3 cr

POLS 255  Introduction to Comparative Politics

3 cr

SPAN 341 Latin American Civilization and Culture

3 cr

*Requests for substitute languages spoken in Latin America (e.g., Portuguese) may be submitted to the designated coordinator of the Latin American Studies minor for substitution consideration.

**Students may petition to have other courses that have at least 40% Latin American content count toward the minor. The student is required to submit written evidence of the Latin American content of such courses, including the instructor’s signature, to the Coordinator for approval.