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Latin American & Border Studies

Majoring & Minoring

Major in Latin American AND BORDER Studies: 10 courses (minimum 30 credits)

 

 

One introductory course, Chosen from:

LAS 06-504 Philosophies of the Americas

LAS 06-804 Introduction to Latin American Art

 

Two advanced Spanish language courses chosen from:

LAS 06-314 Conversation Through Hispanic Cinema

LAS 06-324 Introduction to Literary Studies

LAS 06-334 Cultures of Latin America

LAS 06-344 Selected Topics in Hispano-American Literature

LAS 06-354 Readings in Pre-20th-Century Hispano-American Literature

LAS 06-364 Readings in Contemporary Hispano-American Literature

LAS 06-374 Cultural Memory in Latin America

LAS 06-404 Hispano-American Literature Abroad

LAS 06-414 Topics in Hispanic Film

LAS 06-424 Topics in Hispanic Literature

LAS 06-434 Topics in Hispanic Culture

 

Six additional LAS courses, at least one from each of the three Areas, chosen from:

HUMANITIES

LAS 06-504 Philosophies of the Americas

LAS 06-514 Latino/a Identities

LAS 06-524 Philosophy and Literature (Note: only when taught by LAS faculty)

LAS 06-554 Borderlands and Religion

LAS 06-654 Latin American History in Film and Literature

LAS 06-664 The Mexican Revolution

LAS 06-674 Colonial Latin America

LAS 06-684 Modern Latin America

 

SOCIAL SCIENCES

LAS 06-714 Latin American Politics

LAS 06-724 Advanced Seminar in Latin American Politics

LAS 06-754 Race, Class and Gender in the Caribbean

LAS 06-764 Latina/o and Latin American Spiritualities

LAS 06-774 Latina/os and Education in the U.S.

 

FINE ARTS

LAS 06-804 Introduction to Latin American Art

LAS 06-814 Art of Mesoamerica

LAS 06-824 Art of the Andes

LAS 06-834 Colonial Latin American Art

LAS 06-844 Native Books, Images and Objects

 

Other courses whose main content focuses on Latin America and/or borderlands may count toward the major, subject to approval by the Chair of the LAS Program.

At least one LAS course must be writing attentive (WA), and it is preferred that students fulfill the Social Justice (SJ) and Intercultural Perspectives (IP) designations in LAS courses.

LAS majors must complete a capstone experience, which may be linked to existing departmental capstone courses. The LAS capstone project must include a paper and oral presentation concentrating on a topic pertaining to Latin America and/or the United States borderlands and must be in English. For the case in which a capstone course is unavailable in the particular department of interest, an independent study will count as a capstone. The Chair of LAS must approve all capstone projects before student registration.

LAS majors are required to take an exit exam and/or an oral interview to measure their proficiency in Spanish, as measured in the STAMP (Standard-Based Measurement of Proficiency Exam) at a mid-intermediate rating (level 4).

LAS majors are strongly encouraged to participate in a civic engagement project and take a long semester study abroad experience in a Spanish or Portuguese speaking country in Latin America.

LAS majors may pursue a paired major with Spanish in which any two courses may be counted toward both majors. Students who pair LAS and Spanish must take two capstone courses, one in the Spanish department and the other as outlined above for the LAS major.

 

Minor in Latin American and border Studies: 5 courses (minimum 18 credits)

 

One introductory course, chosen from:

LAS 06-504 Philosophies of the Americas

LAS 06-804 Introduction to Latin American Art

 

Four additional LAS courses, at least one course from two of the three areas, selected from those available for the major.

 

LAS minors must demonstrate proficiency in Spanish, as measured in the STAMP (Standard-Based Measurement of Proficiency Exam), at a low-intermediate rating (level 3).

LAS minors are encouraged to participate in a civic engagement project and study abroad experience in a Spanish or Portuguese speaking country in Latin America.

 

Latin American and Border Studies (LAS)

06-001, 002, 003, 004     SELECTED TOPICS. May be repeated with change in topic.

06-301, 302, 303, 304    SELECTED TOPICS. May be repeated with change in topic.

06-314    CONVERSATION THROUGH HISPANIC CINEMA. See Spanish 15-334. (H) (IP) (WA)

06-324    INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY STUDIES. See Spanish 15-344. (H) (WA)

06-334    CULTURES OF LATIN AMERICA. See Spanish 15-354. (H) (IP) (SJ)

06-344    SELECTED TOPICS IN HISPANO-AMERICAN LITERATURE. See Spanish 15-504. (H)

06-354    READINGS IN PRE-20TH-CENTURY HISPANO-AMERICAN LITERATURE. See Spanish 15-514. (H)

06-364    READINGS IN CONTEMPORARY HISPANO-AMERICAN LITERATURE. See Spanish 15-524. (H) (WA)

06-374    CULTURAL MEMORY IN LATIN AMERICA. See Spanish 15-534. (H) (SJ) (WA)

06-404    HISPANO-AMERICAN LITERATURE ABROAD. See Spanish 15-544. (H)

06-414    TOPICS IN HISPANIC FILM. See Spanish 15-614. (H) (IP) (WA)

06-424    TOPICS IN HISPANIC LITERATURE. See Spanish 15-624. (H) (WA)

06-434    TOPICS IN HISPANIC CULTURE. See Spanish 15-634. (H) (IP) (WA)

06-504    PHILOSOPHIES OF THE AMERICAS. See Philosophy 18-284 and Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-274. (H)

06-514    LATINO/A IDENTITIES. See Philosophy 18-124, Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-124, and Feminist Studies 04-134

06-524    PHILOSOPHY AND LITERATURE. See Philosophy 18-204. Note: only when offered by LAS faculty.

06-554    BORDERLANDS AND RELIGION. See Feminist Studies 04-514. (H)

06-654    LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY IN FILM AND LITERATURE. See History 16-654. (H)

06-664    THE MEXICAN REVOLUTION. See History 16-664. (H)

06-674    COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA. See History 16-364. (H) (IP)

06-684    MODERN LATIN AMERICA. See History 16-374 (H) (IP)

06-714    LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS. See Political Science 32-614, Sociology 34-614, and Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-614. (ScS) (SJ)

06-724    ADVANCED SEMINAR IN LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS. See Political Science 32-764, Anthropology 35-324, and Sociology 34-764. (ScS)

06-754    RACE, CLASS AND GENDER IN THE CARIBBEAN. See Anthropology 35-244, Feminist Studies 04-324, and Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-344. (ScS) (SJ)

06-764    LATINA/O AND LATIN AMERICAN SPIRITUALITIES. See Anthropology 35-254, Religion 19-544, Feminist Studies 04-334, and Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-354. (ScS) (SJ)

06-774    LATINA/OS & EDUCATION IN THE U.S. See Sociology 34-334 and Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-324. (ScS)

06-804    INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICAN ART. See Art History 71-334. (FAL) (WA)

06-814    ART OF MESOAMERICA. See Art History 71-314. (FAL) (IP) (WA)

06-824    ART OF THE ANDES. See Art History 71-324. (FAL) (IP) (WA)

06-834    COLONIAL LATIN AMERICAN ART. See Art History 73-344. (FAL) (WA)

06-844    NATIVE BOOKS, IMAGES AND OBJECTS. See Art History 71-364 and Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-574. (FAL) (SJ) (WA)

06-901, 902, 903, 904    TUTORIAL.

06-941, 942, 943, 944     ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP. Must be taken Pass/D/F.

06-951, 952, 953, 954    INDEPENDENT STUDY. May be repeated with change in content.

06-984    HONORS. By invitation only.