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Latin American Studies

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Major and Minor

Program Committee

Julio Noriega, Modern Languages and Literatures, chair
Jessie Dixon-Montgomery, Modern Languages and Literatures
Claudia Fernández, Modern Languages and Literatures
Timothy Foster, Modern Languages and Literatures
Gregory Gilbert, Art and Art History
Fernando Gómez, Modern Languages and Literatures
Konrad Hamilton, History
William Hope, Anthropology/Sociology
Frederick Hord, Africana Studies
Karen Kampwirth, Political Science
Jerome Miner, Modern Languages and Literatures
Antonio Prado, Modern Languages and Literatures
Robin Ragan, Modern Languages and Literatures
Magali Roy-Féquière Gender and Women's Studies

The major and minor in Latin American Studies are designed to help students better understand, and act in, an increasingly interconnected world. Through courses and a final integrating project, students gain an appreciation of the culture, history, politics, economics and literature of the region. Students explore the range of dilemmas that face all of Latin America, as well as the diversity of Latin American countries, whose linguistic, ethnic, cultural and political differences are sometimes as great as their similarities.

The major and minor are appropriate for students in a variety of majors. Scientists with interests in environmental issues can benefit from an understanding of social issues that shape the debate over degradation of the region's rainforests. Social science majors can expand their understanding of political and cultural factors that shape economic development in countries whose economies are increasingly integrated with that of the United States. Educational Studies students can gain knowledge which will assist in their teaching U.S. students from diverse backgrounds, increasing numbers of whom are immigrants from Latin America or of Latin American descent.

Latin American Studies majors are required to, and minors are strongly encouraged to participate in a study-abroad program, such as the ACM program in Costa Rica or Knox's Argentina program. The student's understanding of the region and facility in Spanish is deepened immeasurably by living and studying with Latin Americans. Credits earned in off-campus programs may be applied to the major or minor with the program chair's approval.

The departmental curriculum contributes to the College's Key Competency Requirements as follows:

  • Writing Key Competency - LAST 221, 227, 231, 326, 334.
  • Speaking Key Competency - LAST 230B, 230C, 230D, 230E.
  • Information Literacy & Informed Use of Technology - Specialized information literacy is introduced into 100-level courses. Use of technology is developed in the 200 and 300 level courses, especially for W courses.

Departmental Learning Goals

We are committed to these goals because we believe that cross-cultural knowledge will make our graduates better human beings.

Our goals are that students reach a greater understanding of language, literature, and social sciences. These are our expectations:

Students with a Latin American Studies major will:

  1. Demonstrate Spanish language competency at the advanced college level.
  2. Be able to analyze current and historical events in Latin America.
  3. Be able to analyze Latin American cultural products and expressive practices such as literature, art, music, and cinema.
  4. Demonstrate cultural flexibility and resourcefulness within a different cultural context than their own.
  5. Articulate the values, beliefs, and customs that underlie everyday life in at least one specific location in Latin America.

Requirements for the Major and Minor

Latin American Studies Course Descriptions

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