Dec 11, 2019
Latin American Studies
Yvette Aparacio (Spanish)
In this concentration, students examine Latin American cultures and societies, with work in at least two disciplines: humanities and social sciences. Participation in a study program in Latin America is encouraged (see Off-Campus Study ). A student choosing the senior research project will be expected to integrate the various components of his or her program in the analysis of a topic of special interest.
Concentration requirements: 24 credits as follows:
1. Gateway course: 4 credits
2. Latin American core courses - 8 credits chosen from:
3. Elective courses - 8 credits chosen from:
a. Courses listed under number 2 above
b. Courses with Latin American content:
c. Off-campus study
Up to 8 approved credits taken in LAS-designated off-campus programs: Argentina (FLACSO-Buenos Aires), Chile (CIEE Santiago de Chile and Valparaiso; IES Santiago de Chile), Costa Rica (ACM-Studies in LA Culture and Society, and ACM Tropical Field Research; Duke University-Organization for Tropical Studies; ICADS), Ecuador (IES-Quito Minnesota Studies in International Development), or Mexico (Rutgers U-Mérida).
d. With the approval of the concentration, courses not included above that deal significantly with Latin America.
4. Research project - 4 credits
Students may choose one of the following two options for the fulfillment of this requirement:
a. Senior Research
Declaration of the intention to complete a senior research project will occur no later than the second semester of the junior year. The project should integrate previous coursework in the concentration and should rely significantly on sources in Spanish if the topic pertains to a Spanish-speaking country. A proposal stating the research questions and describing a methodology must be submitted to and approved by the concentration in the fall semester of the senior year. Fall semester enrollment is allowed if the proposal is approved in the second semester of the third year.
b. Senior Paper
Students may choose to complete a research paper while enrolled as a senior in an approved 300- or 400-level course from the following:
With the approval of the concentration and the course instructor, any other 300- or 400-level courses not included above that deal significantly with Latin America.
Declaration of the intention to choose this option should occur no later than the second semester of the junior year.
5. Other requirements:
- Language requirement: demonstrated proficiency in Spanish through the completion of at least one course at the 200 level or above OR the equivalent.
- No more than 12 credits in the same department may count toward the concentration.
- A course cannot fulfill more than one requirement within the concentration.
Latin American Studies Course Descriptions