The musical diversity and complexity of Latin America is extraordinary, having developed over centuries as the product of cultural exchange.
History The Major in Latin American Studies The major in Latin American Studies allows undergraduate students to pursue an in-depth study of Latin America across diverse disciplines, theoretical approaches and historical periods. Through regular courses, seminars and additional activities such as film series, programs abroad, lectures, and the like, students will explore the processes that resulted in the integration of the so-called New World and Western civilizations, from the discovery of America to the present.
An essential aspect of this major is the focus on economic, social, and political dynamics corresponding to intercultural relations developed between indigenous cultures, Creole societies, European and North American nations. This aspect of the major stresses the study of social change, migration, social movements, multiculturalism, inequality, violence and social justice, and combines regional analysis with critical interdisciplinary approaches.
The program of study combines the analysis of urban environments, issues of education, gender, language, ethnicity, modernization and border studies.
The major has been designed to provide students with a historical background that will be instrumental both in itself, as an exciting field of specialization, and in combination with their pursuit of other fields of inquiry such as international relations, business, globalization, and the like.
Latin America is a region embedded in the complex networks of global economics, development, social engagement, and cultural innovation. The Latin American Studies major offers a sound, updated, and competitive approach to the study of the region both in its specificity and in its connections to the world, through the study of Latin America's processes of internationalization and its changing position in global scenarios.
This major has also been designed to further contribute to the university mission of improving engagement with race, ethnicity and diversity. At least 24 units must be at the level or higher and at least 9 units must be at the level.
Credits must be fulfilled as follows: Nation, Ethnicity and Social Conflict, offered yearly. LatAm C can also fulfill this requirement. Classes that fulfill this requirement must meet the approval of the director of undergraduate studies DUS.
This requirement may also be fulfilled with an approved course abroad or with a level elective approved by the DUS.
Existing examples of courses include but are not limited to: Critical Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges yearly. Courses include but are not limited to: These courses may come from offerings in the anthropology department or study abroad.
At least 3 of these units must be fulfilled at the level. Seminar courses are level classes designed as such, taught by core LASP faculty on theoretical issues related to the region.
Violence, Gender and Representation in Latin America.
The Spanish requirement may be fulfilled by: Successful completion of Spanish Level 4: Native or heritage speaker status, as determined by the director of undergraduate studies in LASP or in Spanish.
Successful completion of a program abroad, conducted in Spanish, with a minimum of 3 credit units in the target language.
The Portuguese requirement may be fulfilled by: Successful completion of Reading and Conversation II: Native or heritage speaker status, as determined by the director of undergraduate studies, in LASP or in Spanish.
Successful completion of a program abroad, conducted in Portuguese, with a minimum of 3 credit units in the target language. This requirement may be fulfilled by completion of a summer or semester program in the region approved by the Office of Overseas Programs. Students who attend study abroad programs may request credit for appropriate courses at the level, approved by the director of undergraduate studies.
A maximum of 9 credits for one semester or equivalent of study abroad, or 12 credits for more than one semester, is allowed. Students unable to attend a study abroad program may complete an additional 3 units of level elective credit instead.
For previous Latin American Studies major requirements, please visit our website. The Minor in Latin American Studies The minor in Latin American Studies allows undergraduate students pursuing other major programs to complement their existing curriculum with a study of Latin America across diverse disciplines, and the way in which the region engages with the Western World, to which it belongs, at large.
The minor in Latin American Studies is conceived as an option for students across a variety of disciplines in the social sciences, the humanities, the sciences, the pre-med program, business and engineering to add knowledge about Latin America to their professional portfolio.
The vast relations that the United States has with Latin America in all fields make the minor in Latin American Studies the source of valuable skills for our existing population. It also allows students in other major programs to access discussions on socioeconomic and ethnic diversity in one of the regions central to those debates in the world.
At least 15 units must be at the level or higher and at least 3 units must be at the level. The requirements for the minor mirror some requirements for the major as specified above.JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources.
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The major in Latin American Studies (LAS) can be studied on its own, providing knowledge about a region valuable for employers across different fields and industries.
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