College Catalog: 2011-2012
Salameno School of American and International Studies (SSAIS): Latino/a and Latin American Studies
Latino/a and Latin American Studies is an exciting interdisciplinary minor. Traditional disciplines (such as history, sociology, literature, and language) are organized into a program of study so that the student may develop familiarity with history, politics and social issues in Latin America as well as a knowledge of the complexity of Latino/a cultures and studies in the United States. Students who complete this minor should be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of U.S.-Latin American relations and sensitivity to the global, diverse nature of cultural issues in Latin America and those surrounding the Latino/a community in the U.S.
Latin America consists of many countries from the Rio Grande to the South Pole. Each of these countries possesses varied and dynamic cultures. For example, the best of the modern age can be found in the huge metropolitan centers of Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Mexico City. The best of the ancient civilizations still survive, for instance, in the Maya of Mexico and Central America and the Inca and Tupi-Guarani of South America. The United States is home to often several generations of people of Latino heritage whose ancestors either precede the founding of the nation or who migrated and settled there bringing with them their cultural richness and creating new cultural expressions in the new land.
The minor is offered by a faculty with varied backgrounds. Classes are offered on a regular basis in sociology, history, Spanish language and literature. In addition, there are courses offered in art, music, media and migration, to name a few.
A program of Latino/a and Latin American studies is highly recommended in combination with such majors as International Business, International Studies, Social Work, Communications, American Studies or Spanish. In fact, as Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in the U.S., spoken by approximately 45 million people, 15% of the total population (according to 2006 census figures), the college graduate will undoubtedly encounter people of Latino or Latin American origin in any area in which he/she works.
- Students are required to take 5 courses (20 credits) to complete this minor.
- At least 1/2 of the courses fulfilling a minor must be distinct from the student’s major. That is, three of the five courses required for a minor cannot be used towards fulfillment of major requirements. A school core does not need to be completed for a minor. Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.
- Subject & Course # – Title & Course Description
- Required Course (choose one):
- HIST 284 - LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION OR
- SPAN 307 - LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE AND SOCIETY (taught in Spanish) OR
- INTL 283 - CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICA
- (These courses cannot be double counted for electives)
- Language Requirement:
- Courses in Spanish that may fulfill language requirement include:
- Spanish Language Proficiency
One course at intermediate II or higher level or exemption through credit-bearing exam at the intermediate II level
- SPAN 202 - INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II
- SPAN 301 - THE ART OF CONVERSATION IN SPANISH
- SPAN 320 - SYNTAX AND SUBSTANCE: SPANISH GRAMMAR
- SPAN 401 - THE ART OF WRITING & FORMAL RESEARCH TECHNIQUES
- SELECT THREE courses approved for the Latin American Studies Minor (at least one at the 300-level)
- ANTH 314 - CROSSING BORDERS
- CNTP 220 - CINEMA, POPULAR ARTS AND SOCIAL CHANGE
- CNTP 348 - LATINO IMAGES AND HOLLYWOOD
- CNTP 363 - MEDIA AND CULTURE IN LATIN AMERICA
- HIST 282 - COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA
- HIST 284 - LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION
- HIST 390 - TOPICS:
- IBUS 335 - DOING BUSINESS IN LATIN AMERICA
- INTL 255 - THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF NORTH AMERICA
- INTL 283 - CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICA
- INTL 337 - HUMAN RIGHTS IN LATIN AMERICA
- INTL 339 - U.S.- LATIN AMERICAN RELATIONS (was HIST 386)
- LITR 275 - SURVEY OF LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE (was 268)
- LITR 276 - LITERATURE OF THE AMERICAS (was 255)
- LITR 338 - LATINO LITERATURE OF THE USA (was 341)
- LITR 376 - BRAZILIAN LITERATURE & CULTURE (was 330)
- MUSI 203 - MUSIC OF LATIN AMERICA
- SPAN 303 - THE ART OF READING IN SPANISH (taught in Spanish)
- SPAN 307 - LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE AND SOCIETY (taught in Spanish)
- SPAN 313 - HISPANIC CULTURE THROUGH ARTISTS (taught in Spanish)
- SPAN 315 - HISPANIC WOMEN'S VOICES AND IMAGES (taught in Spanish)
- SPAN 390 - TOPICS: (taught in Spanish)
- SPAN 404 - EARLY TRANSATLANTIC ENCOUNTERS (taught in Spanish)
- SPAN 410 - LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE SINCE 1900 (taught in Spanish)
- SPAN 415 - HISPANIC CARIBBEAN WRITERS AND POP CULTURE (taught in Spanish)