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The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program

The Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program provides an integrated interdisciplinary approach to the historical, political, social, and cultural inter-relationships of the nations and peoples of our hemisphere. Students who fulfill the area studies requirements will receive a letter and certificate recognizing completion of the program.

The nations of Latin America and the Caribbean are our closest neighbors and our future as a nation is closely tied to the region. Increasing interdependence throughout the hemisphere will bring new opportunities in the future for people with knowledge of the social, political, economic, and cultural dimensions of the region, as well as for those with language skills in French and Spanish. Students interested in economics and business, history and politics, environmental science, sociology, French, Spanish and other disciplines can benefit from this study of the historical and contemporary problems and achievements of the region and the long-standing ties that link the United States with the other nations of the Americas.

Program Requirements

Completion of the program requires 20 semester hours of course work. The three courses described below (320, 321, and 420) are required. Students also must complete one course taught in French, Portuguese or Spanish at the 300- or 400-level that pertains to Latin America or the Caribbean. An additional two courses pertaining to the region and selected in consultation with the program coordinator will complete the requirements. These two courses may be chosen from among specified courses in Biology, Economics, English, Finance, Government, History, Religion, Sociology or courses pertaining to the region taken at other institutions or on study abroad programs. (6 or 8 hours).

Course Descriptions

 

LACS 320. Seminar on the Americas I
An interdisciplinary seminar focusing on the historical, political, social, and cultural interrelationships of the nations in our hemisphere. It concentrates on the historical and cultural foundations of Latin America and the Caribbean and explores the topics of race and identity, rural and urban life, authoritarianism and democracy, and national development. The course is conducted in English. Successful completion of this course
satisfies the Cultures and Peoples requirement for graduation.


LACS 321. Seminar on the Americas II
An interdisciplinary seminar focusing on the historical, political, social, and cultural interrelationships of the nations in our hemisphere. It concentrates on Latin American women, revolution, problems of sovereignty, and the Latin American and Caribbean presence in the United States. The course is conducted in English and may be taken independently of 320. Successful completion of this course satisfies the Cultures and Peoples requirement for graduation.

LACS 420. Senior Capstone
The Senior Capstone is designed to help students focus and integrate their knowledge of Latin America and the Caribbean. Each student will complete an independent research project focusing on a specific topic of the region from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will meet regularly with the program coordinator as they conduct their research, and prior to their final public presentation of their project. Prerequisites:
LACS 320 and 321.