Latin American and Caribbean Studies (Concentration)
Program Guidelines and Goals
The concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies is designed to promote a multidisciplinary approach to social, historical, political and linguistic issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is founded on the basic pillars of a Liberal Arts education such as understanding the person as a whole, promoting critical thinking and expanding cultural horizons. Its mission is to provide students a strong historical, social and cultural foundation for the understanding of specific components of differing Latin American and Caribbean cultures. Through this approach, we strive to foster critical awareness of the heterogeneity that characterizes the region as well as a critical understanding of the complexities of its relationship with the United States. The curriculum of the Latin American and Caribbean studies concentration expresses our commitment to developing the person as a whole by allowing students to explore, analyze, discuss, read and write about a variety of themes directly related to Latin America, from different theoretical frameworks. This in turn encourages students to reflect upon their own cultural background.
Director: Monica Ayala-Martínez (Spanish and Portuguese)
Christine Armstrong (French), Monica Ayala-Martínez (Spanish and Portuguese), Isabelle Choquet (French), Dosinda García-Alvite (Spanish), Melissa Huerta (Spanish), Francisco López-Martín (Spanish), Frank Proctor (History), Charles St-Georges (Spanish), Luis Villanueva (Economics), Micaela Vivero (Art Studio)
Students in the concentration are required to take (or demonstrate that they have taken the equivalent of) the following courses:
- Two modern language courses (or the equivalent), beyond the general education requirements in a language spoken in the Latin American and Caribbean area (Portuguese, Dutch, French, Spanish, or an indigenous language). The two courses may be the two first semesters in one of these languages, if the student has already fulfilled the GE requirement in a language that is not spoken in the area - 8 credits;
- LACS 201 - Introduction to Latin American Caribbean Study (taught in English), or SPAN 230 - Introduction to Hispanic Cultures (taught in Spanish). It will count as an I GE course as well - 4 credits;
- Senior Research, one semester of senior research. The research project can be submitted in English and where possible this could be done in conjunction with the student’s major - 4 credits.
Latin American and Caribbean Studies students will also take three elective courses from different departments. These courses are cross-listed by different programs.
|HIST 140||Studies in Latin American History|
|HIST 141||Colonial Latin America|
|HIST 142||Modern Latin America|
|HIST 240||Advanced Studies in Latin American History|
|HIST 243||Sex and Sexuality in Latin America|
|HIST 244||Race and Ethnicity in Latin America|
|HIST 265/365||Comparative Slavery in the Americas|
|HIST 266||Women, Sex, and Power in the Modern World|
|HIST 340||Research Seminar in Latin American History|
|Fine Arts/Language and Culture|
|ARTS 141||Introduction to Sculpture|
|SPAN 220||Introduction to Hispanic Literature|
|SPAN 325||Survey of Latin American Literature|
|SPAN 425||Seminar in Latin American Literature|
|Society and Culture|
|ANSO 339||Culture, Identity and Politics in Caribbean Society|
|SPAN 230||Introduction to Hispanic Cultures|
|SPAN 330||Cultures of Spain|
|SPAN 435||Seminar in Latin American Culture|
Additional Points of Interest
The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one of the above requirements. Students are encouraged to consult with the Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies in making their choices. Students are also encouraged to pursue study abroad programs in Latin America and the Caribbean.
LACS 100 - Special Topics in Latin American & Caribbean Studies (4 Credit Hours)
LACS 124 - Racial Politics in Latin America (4 Credit Hours)
This course will examine the role of race and politics in Latin America by examining concepts such as mesticagem or racial mixture and how that shapes relationships of power and development in these societies. We will also examine the role of whiteness and blackness and how such concepts are used to ensure hierarchies of privilege and disadvantage. What role does a racialized hierarchy play throughout Latin America when considering who are the haves and have nots and which roles are racialized groups such as indigenous and Afro-descendants in Latin America allowed to play in national development? We will first learn about theories of race, politics, and history in select countries. Second, we will apply the theories we have learned to focus on Latin American countries such as Colombia, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, and Argentina.
LACS 199 - Introductory Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (1-4 Credit Hours)
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit.
LACS 200 - Special Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (4 Credit Hours)
Studies in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
LACS 201 - Introduction to Latin American Caribbean Study (4 Credit Hours)
A comprehensive introduction to the nature of the problem of the Latin American society. A general study of the geography, the historical background, the social, economic, and political contemporary developments as well as the influence of religion and ideology on the Latin American and Caribbean countries.
LACS 211 - Colonial Latin America (4 Credit Hours)
A survey course on Latin America from Conquest through Independence. Topics include exploration of: 1) how Spain and Portugal conquered and colonized the Americas, 2) how they managed to maintain control over those colonies, 3) how the colonized (Indians, Africans, and mixed races) responded to the imposition of colonial rule, 4) the role of women and gender in colonial settings, and 5) the implications of colonialism for the study of modern Latin America.
Crosslisting: HIST 141.
LACS 212 - The Atlantic World (4 Credit Hours)
Drawing together the histories of Europe, Africa, and the Americas, this course explores the origins, development, and meanings of the new Atlantic World created after 1492. Topics may include imperial expansion and colonization, European-Amerindian relations, European-African relations, slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the growth of mercantile capitalism and the establishment of an Atlantic economy, the maturation of Euro-American colonial societies and their struggles for national independence, and the abolition of slavery.
LACS 220 - Introduction to Hispanic Literature (4 Credit Hours)
Reading and discussion of literary works from the Spanish-speaking world. Emphasis will be on utilizing language skills in the study and analysis of literature from Latin America, Spain and the United States. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite(s): SPAN 215.
LACS 230 - Introduction to Hispanic Culture (4 Credit Hours)
An introduction to the study of Hispanic cultures, both Peninsular and Latin American; this course presents the basic context of the customs, beliefs and values of the Hispanic peoples and seeks to provide a basis for more advanced study. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite(s): SPAN 215 or consent.
LACS 300 - Special Topics in Latin American & Caribbean Studies (4 Credit Hours)
LACS 325 - Survey of Latin American Literature (4 Credit Hours)
Survey of literary genres, periods and movements in Latin American from 1492 to the present. The main focus will be to give a sense of literary history and cultural context; readings will include representative selections from each period and movement. Conducted in Spanish.
Prerequisite(s): LACS 220 or consent.
LACS 451 - Senior Research (4 Credit Hours)
LACS 452 - Senior Research (4 Credit Hours)