The major in Latin American & Latina/o studies builds on a basic understanding of the history of Latin America and a developing proficiency in Spanish. (A reading knowledge of Portuguese is also recommended.) Following this, a program of studies is developed that includes courses related to Spanish America and/or Brazil from the disciplines of anthropology, art, dance, economics, government, history, literature, sociology and theatre.
- HST 260 Colonial Latin America, 1492-1821
- HST 261 National Latin America, 1821 to the Present
- Two courses in Spanish American literature—usually SPN 260 and SPN 261. Advanced language students may replace one of these with a topics course, such as SPN 372 or SPN 373.
- Six semester courses (at the intermediate or advanced level) dealing with Latin America and Brazil; at least two of the six must be in the social sciences (anthropology, economics, history, government, sociology); at least one 4-credit course must be in the arts (art history, dance, theatre, film); at least two of the six must be at the 300-level.
A reading knowledge of Portuguese and/or one course related to Brazil is recommended.
Five-Year Option with Georgetown University
Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in LAS have the option of completing an M.A. in Latin American studies at Georgetown University in only one extra year and a summer. Those interested must consult with an LAS adviser during their sophomore year or early in their junior year.
Students primarily interested in Latin American literature may wish to consult the major programs available in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
The Minor in Latin American Studies
Six courses dealing with Latin America to be selected from anthropology, art, economics, government, history and literature. They must include HST 260, HST 261, and SPN 260 or SPN 261, and at least one course at the 300 level.
The Minor in Latino/a Studies
- Six courses that must include the following: HST 260 or HST 261, SPN 260 or SPN 261.
- One class on Latin America to be chosen from anthropology, art, economics, government, history or literature.
- Three classes in Latino/a studies to be chosen from CLT 268, GOV 216, GOV 307, SOC 214, SOC 314 or any other course in LAS, SPN, etc. At least one of the six courses must be at the 300-llevel.
Students may count one course in Latino/a studies from another Five College institution toward the minor; students may also substitute a Spanish-language class at the 200 level for SLL 260/SLL 261.