Latin American and Border Studies

Majoring & Minoring

The LAS Program requires that students achieve a high degree of fluency in Spanish. Minors must show language proficiency up to Spanish IV, and majors must take two additional courses above Spanish IV (see the Spanish Department for guidelines and requirements concerning advanced placement).


Note on course numbering: LAS 300-800 course numbers are arranged according to discipline and do not reflect levels of difficulty or prerequisites. Please refer to the home department’s course numbering policy for cross-listed courses. LAS 900-level course include capstone, tutorials, honors, internships, and independent studies.

Major in Latin American and Border Studies - 10 Courses (Majors Consist Of A Minimum 30 Credits)

ONE INTRODUCTORY COURSE, CHOSEN FROM:

  • LAS 06-504 Philosophies of the Americas
  • LAS 06-804 Introduction to Art History: Latin American

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 06-384 Contemporary Hispano-American Theater
  • LAS 06-394 Citizenship and Conflict in Colombian Cinema
  • 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 DIFFERENT DIVISIONS, 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 06-534 Philosophy and Anti-Colonial Revolt
  • 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
  • LAS 06-694 Texas History

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 Art History: Latin American
  • 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 Studes - 5 Courses (Minimum 18 Credits)

ONE INTRODUCTORY COURSE, CHOSEN FROM:

  • LAS 06-504 Philosophies of the Americas
  • LAS 06-804 Introduction to Art History: Latin American

 

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)

  • 06-314    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)
  • 06-384    CONTEMPORARY HISPANO-AMERICAN THEATER. See Spanish 15-554. (H) (WA)
  • 06-394    CITIZENSHIP AND CONFLICT IN COLOMBIAN CINEMA. See Spanish 15-654. (H) (WA) (IP) (SJ)
  • 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.
  • 06-534    PHILOSOPHY AND ANTI-COLONIAL REVOLT. See Philosophy 18-134. (H)
  • 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)
  • 06-694    TEXAS HISTORY. See History 16-754. (H)
  • 06-714    LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS. See Political Science 32-484, Sociology 34-614, and Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-614. (ScS) (SJ)
  • 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, 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 ART HISTORY: LATIN AMERICAN. See Art History 71-334 AND Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-394. (FAL) (IP) (SJ) (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)
  • 06-001, 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.