Latin American and Caribbean Studies (concentration only)
Director: Frank Proctor (History)
Monica Ayala-Martínez (Spanish and Portuguese), Dosinda García-Alvite (Spanish), Francisco López-Martín (Spanish), Kent Maynard (Sociology/Anthropology), Frank Proctor (History), Michele Stephens (History), Micaela Vivero (Art Studio)
Department Guideline 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 rooted in 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 different Latin American and Caribbean cultures. Through this approach, we want to foster a 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. Our program accomplishes this 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 on their own cultural background.
Core Requirements Students in the concentration are required to take (or demonstrate that they have taken the equivalent of) the following courses: 1. 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 2. LACS 101 Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies (taught in English), or SPAN 230, Introduction to Latin American Cultures (taught in Spanish). It will count as an I GE course as well. 4 credits 3. Senior Research. One semester of senior research. The project can be submitted in English. Where possible this could be done in conjunction with the student's major. 4 credits
Electives Latin American and Caribbean Studies students will also take three elective courses from different departments. These courses are offered as cross-listed by different programs. History: HIST 181, 182, 223, 280, 380, 383, 384, 391, 395 Fine Arts/ Language and Culture: ARTS 141, SPAN 220, 325, 425 Society and culture: SA 339, 319, SPAN 230, 330, 435
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.