Latin American and Border Studies

Majoring & Minoring

Note on course numbering: LABS 100-800 course numbers are arranged according to discipline and, other than those in the Spanish department, do not reflect levels of difficulty or prerequisites. Please refer to the home department’s course numbering policy for cross-listed courses. LABS 900-level courses include capstone, tutorials, honors, academic internships, and independent studies.

Major in Latin American and Border Studies - 9 Courses (Majors Consist of A Minimum 30 Credits)

ONE INTRODUCTORY COURSE, CHOSEN FROM:

  • HIS 16-404 Latin American History in Film & Literature
  • ARH 71-034 Introduction to Art History: Latin American

TWO ADVANCED SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSES (HUMANITIES) CHOSEN FROM:

  • SPA 15-214 Written and Oral Expression
  • SPA 15-334 Conversation Through Hispanic Cinema
  • SPA 15-344 Introduction to Literary Studies
  • SPA 15-354 Cultures of Latin America
  • SPA 15-504 Selected Topics in Hispano-American Literature
  • SPA 15-524 Readings in Contemporary Hispano-American Literature
  • SPA 15-534 Cultural Memory in Latin America
  • SPA 15-544 Hispano-American Literature Abroad
  • SPA 15-554 Contemporary Hispano-American Theater
  • SPA 15-614 Topics in Hispanic Film
  • SPA 15-624 Topics in Hispanic Literature
  • SPA 15-634 Topics in Hispanic Culture
  • SPA 15-654 Citizenship and Conflict in Colombian Cinema
  • SPA 15-664 Nature and Culture
  • SPA 15-674 Leisure and Play in Latin America
  • SPA 15-734 Spanish in the United States

FIVE ADDITIONAL LAS COURSES, AT LEAST ONE FROM EACH OF THE THREE DIFFERENT DIVISIONS, CHOSEN FROM:

Philosophy

  • PHI 18-124 Latino/a Identities
  • PHI 18-134 Philosophy, Race and Revolution
  • PHI 18-204 Philosophy and Literature (Note: only when taught by LABS faculty)
  • PHI 18-284 Philosophies of the Americas

History

  • HIS 16-234 History of Colonial Latin America
  • HIS 16-244 History of Modern Latin America
  • HIS 16-294 Texas History
  • HIS 16-414 The Mexican Revolution 

Social Sciences

  • ANT 35-244 Race, Class and Gender in the Caribbean
  • EDU 40-264 Second Language Acquisition
  • EDU 40-274 Multicultural Children’s Literature
  • ENV 49-214 Texas Our(?) Texas
  • FST 04-254 Latinx Spiritualities
  • FST 04-364 Chicana Feminisms
  • PSC 32-184 Politics of Latin America and the Caribbean
  • SOC 34-304 Sex and Violence in Pop Culture

Fine Arts

  • ARH 71-314 Art of Mesoamerica
  • ARH 71-324 Art of the Andes
  • ARH 71-364 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 LABS Program.

At least one LABS course must be writing attentive (WA), and it is preferred that students fulfill the Social Justice (SJ) designation in LABS courses.

LABS majors must complete a capstone experience, which may be linked to existing departmental capstone courses. The LABS capstone project must include a paper and oral presentation concentrating on a topic pertaining to Latin America and/or the United States borderlands and could be in English or Spanish. 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 LABS must approve all capstone projects before student registration.

LABS majors are required to take a Spanish language proficiency exit exam and/or an oral interview prior to graduation. Students can access the assessment exam through the Spanish Department website. 

LABS 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.

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

 

Minor in Latin American and Border Studies - 5 Courses (Minimum 18 Credits)

ONE INTRODUCTORY COURSE, CHOSEN FROM:

  • HIS 16-404 Latin American History in Film & Literature
  • ARH 71-034 Introduction to Art History: Latin American

FOUR ADDITIONAL LABS COURSES, AT LEAST ONE COURSE FROM TWO OF THE THREE AREAS, SELECTED FROM THOSE AVAILABLE FOR THE MAJOR.

LABS minors are required to take a Spanish language proficiency exit exam and/or an oral interview prior to graduation. Students can access the assessment exam through the Spanish Department website.

LABS minors are highly 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 (LABS)

  • 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.
  • 06-901, 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.
  • 06-964 Capstone