Latino/Latin American Studies

Interdisciplinary Program Director: Eleonora Bertranou

The Latino/Latin American Studies minor is an interdisciplinary curriculum that explores the histories and cultures of the peoples of South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. The minor is also designed to give students an opportunity to develop an understanding of the diverse groups that comprise the U.S. Latino population. The program offers a variety of courses, some focusing on particular national groups or specific academic disciplines, and others organized around comparative topics or issues. The purpose is to encourage in-depth study as well as to provide guidance for a general inquiry into the problem of cultural difference and its social and political implications, within both the Americas and the Caribbean. Students will take a common introductory course and will complete their program with a common capstone.

Major (None)

Minor (25 credits)

The Latino/Latin American Studies minor requires Spanish-language proficiency and twenty-five (25) credits of Latino/Latin American Studies courses: seventeen credits, required; and eight credits, elective. Classes will be conducted in English and Spanish, depending on the department that offers them. Students will complete a one-credit senior capstone project.

Required Courses: HIST 120, POLS 347, SPAN 336 and 337, and LLAS 399 (1 credit).

Special Requirements: Demonstrated proficiency in Spanish by completing SPAN 311 and 312 or by approval of the Spanish faculty.

Electives: Plus two of the following courses: HIST 321, 322, 323, 324; SPAN 340, 342, 345; THEO 328; and the following courses focused on an appropriate topic (The approval of the Latino/Latin American Studies Program Director is necessary for these courses to count toward the minor.): HIST 200, 300, 389, 397; ENGL 355, 365, 381, 382; PHIL 368; SPAN 355, 356, 397; THEO 397; SA 398.

Courses (LLAS)

270 Readings in Latino/Latin American Studies. (0-1)
Readings and discussions in specific areas of Latino/Latin American Studies. Topics tied to on-campus lectures, performances, or exhibits presented by invited speakers or artists. Approval of the Latino/Latin American Studies Program Chair and/or the faculty moderator of the reading circle required.  This course can be repeated for credit with the permission of the Program Director.  S-U grading only.

399 Senior Project. (1)
An independent, interdisciplinary project completed during the senior year. Students complete the project under the supervision of appropriate faculty members. The Director of Latino/Latin American Studies must approve the project.