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Latin American and Latino/Latina Studies

The program in Latin American and Latino/Latina Studies (LALS) builds from a core of Spanish language, Latin American history and politics, as well as courses that focus on different aspects of Latin American and Latino culture.

Curriculum

Course Requirements

Introductory Courses (6 credits) may be taken in any sequence:
  • LALS 1001 Introduction to Latin American Studies
  • LALS 1002 Introduction to Latino Studies
One advanced Spanish or Portuguese course above the Arts and Sciences Core Requirement (3 credits)
Students who begin the minor at a beginner level of Spanish or Portuguese language may apply to the Department of Languages, literatures and Cultures for exemption from the advanced language requirement, although the number of required credits will remain the same.

PORT 2103-2104 Portuguese/Luso-Brazil I-II
SPAN 3001-3002 Advanced Spanish I-II
SPAN 3012 Applied Spanish Conversation
SPAN 3101-3102 Advanced Spanish for Native Speakers I-II
SPAN 3302 Spanish-American Civilization
SPAN 3402 Introduction to Hispanic Literary Studies
SPAN 3021 Business Spanish: Correspondence
SPAN 4461 Spanish-American Narrative I
SPAN 4462 Spanish-American Narrative II
SPAN 4463 Spanish-American Theatre
SPAN 4465 Spanish-American Essay
SPAN 4466 Spanish-American Poetry
SPAN 4471 Spanish Literature of the Caribbean

Select two of the following (6 credits):
LALS 1401/HIST 1401 History of Latin America I
LALS 1402/HIST 1402 History of Latin America II
LALS 2517/SOCI 2517 Latinos and Latinas in the United States
LALS 2614/POLS 2614 Latin American Politics
LALS 3319/SPAN 3319 Traditions and Cultures - Issues in Latin American Popular Culture
LALS 3324/SPAN 3324 Classics of Latin American Literature in Translation
LALS 3401/SPAN 3491/ENGL 3404 U.S. Latina/Latino Literature

Elective course (3 credits): 
ANTH 2243 Peoples & Cultures of Latin America
ANTH 2412 Anthropology of Religion
ANTH 3218 Immigration to the United States
CAST 3997 Latin American Catholicism
DIPL 3850 Church, State and Politics in Latin America
DIPL 4803 Politics and Society in Latin America and the Caribbean
HIST 2490 Topics in Latin American History
LALS 3420 Religion and Society in Early Latin America
LALS 3430 Women and Gender in Latin America
LALS 4101 History of Brazil
LALS 3450 Race and Nation in Latin America
POLS 3214 Urban Politics
SOCI 2513/WMST 2513 Social Inequality
SOCI 2515 Majority-Minority Relations
SOCI 2713 Politics and Society
SOCI 2910 Research Methods in the Social Sciences
SPAN 2711 Spanish and Latin American Cinema
SOCI 3816 West African Derived Religions in Latin America
LALS 3100-3110 Special Topics in LALS
LALS 4100-4110 Special Topics in LALS
Or any other LALS course offered.

Total: 18 credits

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