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Curriculum for Latin American and Latino/Latina Studies

The awarding of a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American and Latino/Latina Studies requires a total of 39 credits, of which 24 credits are in required courses and 15 are in electives, including approved courses in Africana Studies, philosophy, anthropology, history, religion, politics and sociology as well as courses offered by the Center for Catholic Studies.


Introductory Courses (6 credits): *May be taken in any sequence

LALS 1001 Introduction to Latin American Studies
LALS 1002 Introduction to Latino/Latina Studies

Two advanced Spanish or Portuguese courses above the College of Arts and Sciences Core Requirement. Choose from the following (6 credits):

PORT 2103-2104 Portuguese/Luso-Brazil I-II
SPAN 3001-3002 Advanced Spanish I-II
SPAN 3011 Applied Spanish Conversation
SPAN 3101-3102 Advanced Spanish for Native Speakers I-II
SPAN 3302 Spanish-American Civilization
SPAN 3402 Introduction to Hispanic Literary Studies
SPAN 4111 Business Spanish: Correspondence
SPAN 4461 Spanish-American Narrative I
SPAN 4462 Spanish-American Narrative II
SPAN 4463 Spanish-American Theatre
SPAN 4465 Spanish-American Essay
SPAN 4466 Spanish-American Poetry
SPAN 4471 Spanish Literature of the Caribbean

Choose two courses from the following (6 credits):

LALS 1401/HIST 1401 History of Latin America I
LALS 1402/HIST 1402 History of Latin America II
LALS 2517/SOCI 2517 Latinos/as in the United States
LALS 2614/POLS 2614 Latin American Politics
LALS 3319/SPAN 3319 Traditions and Cultures - Issues in Latin American Popular Culture
LALS 3324/SPAN 3324 Classics of Latin American Literature in Translation
LALS 3401/SPAN 3491/ENGL 3404 U.S. Latino/Latina Literature

Capstone Experience - 2 course sequence (6 credits):

LALS 5011 Individualized Guided Research
LALS 5012 Internship
LALS 5013 Study Abroad
LALS 5020 Capstone Seminar (required for all students)

Elective Courses (15 credits): Students may complete 12 credits in either the Humanities Track or the Social Science Track. The final 3 credits are a “free elective” course that may be selected from either track or by selecting any other Latin American and Latino/Latina Studies course listed.

Humanities Track:

HIST 3374 The Immigrant in American Life
HIST 4490 Topics in Latin American History
PHIL 1155  Ethics and International Affairs
SPAN 3011 Conversational Spanish I
SPAN 3601 Spanish and Latin American Cinema
LALS 3100-3110 Special Topics in LALS
LALS 4100-4110 Special Topics in LALS

Social Science Track:

ANTH 2243 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America  
ANTH 2412 Anthropology of Religion
ANTH 3218 Immigration to the United States
CAST 3997 Latin American Catholicism
POLS 3214 Urban Politics
SOCI 2513 Social Inequity
SOCI 2515 Majority-Minority Relations
SOCI 2713 Politics and Society
SOCI 2910/POLS 2910 Research Methods in the Social Sciences
LALS 3100-3110 Special Topics in LALS Studies
LALS 4100-4110 Special Topics in LALS Studies
Or any other LALS course offered.

Total: 39 credits