Degree Programs

Latin American Studies in 2012-14 Catalog

The Major

Latin American Studies brings together knowledge from the humanities, the social sciences, and environmental studies to build a foundation in the cultural, economic, political, historical, geographical, aesthetic and environmental contexts of Latin America. In addition to developing breadth in Latin American studies through coursework in multiple disciplines, the program also emphasizes depth in understanding through concentration in a focused problem, topic, area, discipline, or method. Students develop significant language skills, cross cultural understanding, an interdisciplinary approach, and the ability to incorporate Latin American perspectives in their analysis of fields including art, development, environmental conservation, history, literature, and politics. Both a major and minor are offered.

Major Requirements

The major in Latin American studies consists of eleven courses (44 credits).

1. Required Courses (2 courses, 8 credits)
There are two required courses for the major:

  • LAST 101 Introduction to Latin America
  • LAST 400 Capstone in Latin American Studies (offered fall semesters)

2. Methods Course (1 class, 4 credits)

Majors must take one methods course from the approved list, or others as approved by the LAST advisor. Methods courses without Latin American content may be used to fulfill the methods requirement, but do not count towards the credits needed to complete the major. Students are advised to use courses from their content areas for additional appropriate methods in order to build depth in their major. Note: these courses might have prerequisites, so students should plan accordingly. The following are some suggested courses, but are not a complete list of those that may count for this requirement. Consult the faculty or director if you have questions.

  • ECON 200 Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • ENGL 201 Analysis of Literature
  • EVST 110 Introduction to Spatial Analysis and GIS
  • EVST 235 Environmental Impact Assessment
  • GOVT 200 The Study of Politics
  • HIST 450 Historiography and Research Seminar
  • SOAN 300 Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • SOAN 301 Fieldwork and Ethnographic Methods
  • SOAN 304 Survey Research Methods
  • SPAN 410 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
  • WGST 320 Mediating Cultures: Latina Literature
  • WGST 330 Feminist Research Methods

3. Content areas- 8 courses, 32 credits

LAST majors must take eight courses distributed among three content areas: Environmental Studies, Humanities, and the Social Sciences. To demonstrate breadth, at least one course must be taken from each content area. No more than four of these courses may be drawn from semesters or May Terms abroad. To demonstrate depth, LAST majors develop, in consultation with the LAST advisor, thematic, regional, or disciplinary emphases of at least four courses, structured around their interests and experiences. Study abroad courses apply to specific content areas at the discretion of the LAST advisor


The Minor

The minor in Latin American Studies consists of six courses emphasizing breadth in Latin American Studies.

1. Required Courses

  • LAST 101 Introduction to Latin America
  • LAST 400 Capstone in Latin American Studies (offered fall semesters)

2. Content Area and Methods Courses

Minors must take an additional four LAST, cross-listed, or study-abroad courses approved by the LAST advisor. At least two of the three LAST content areas must be represented by at least one course.



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