An interdisciplinary major or minor in Latin American Studies allows students to build a foundation in the aesthetic, cultural, economic, environmental, geographical, historical, linguistic, political and social aspects of Latin America by taking coursework across disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and environmental sciences. In addition to helping students develop breadth in Latin American Studies through coursework across multiple disciplines, the program emphasizes depth of understanding through study abroad and a concentration on 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, language, literature, and politics.
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.
The major in Latin American studies consists of twelve courses (48 credits).
1. Core Course(1 course, 4 credits)
LAST 101 Introduction to Latin America
2. Methods Course(1 course, 4 credits)
Majors must take one methods course from the approved list, or another course approved by the LAST advisor or director. Methods courses without Latin American content may be used to fulfill the methods requirement, but do not count toward the credits needed to complete the major. Students are advised to use courses from their content areas for additional appropriate methods to build depth in the major. Note: many of these courses have prerequisites, so students should plan accordingly. The following are some suggested courses, but not a complete list of those that may count for this requirement. Consult the LAST advisor or director if you have questions.
MATH 111 Elementary Statistics with Applications (4) OR POLI 202 Statistical Analysis and Mapping of Social Science Data (4)
ENGL 201 Critical Reading (4)
SPA 110 Introduction to Spatial Analysis and GIS (4)
EVST 235 Environmental Impact Assessment (4)
EVST 399 Research Methods and Design (with focus on Latin America) (4)
POLI 200 The Study of Politics (4)
SOAN 300 Research Methods and Design (4)
SOAN 301 Fieldwork and Ethnographic Methods (4)
SPAN 410 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (4)
WGS 330 Feminist Research Methods (4)
3. Content areas (8 courses, 32 credits)
LAST majors must take eight courses, distributed across three content areas: Environmental Studies, the Humanities, and the Social Sciences. To demonstrate breadth, at least one course must be taken from each content area. To demonstrate depth, LAST majors develop, in consultation with the LAST advisor, thematic, regional, or disciplinary emphases based on 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 or director.
4. Electives (2 courses, 8 credits)
In addition to the above requirements, LAST majors must take another two courses. These include courses such as LAST 400 (Capstone in Latin American Studies), directed independent studies, additional methods classes, and other electives falling into a content area.
The minor in Latin American Studies consists of six courses emphasizing breadth in Latin American Studies.
1. Core Course
LAST 101 Introduction to Latin America (4)
2. Content Area and Methods Courses (5 courses, 18-20 credits)
Minors must take an additional five LAST, cross-listed, or study-abroad courses approved by the LAST advisor or director. At least two of the three LAST content areas (Environmental Studies, the Humanities, and the Social Sciences) must be represented by at least one course. Study abroad courses apply to specific content area at the discretion of the LAST advisor or director.
Study Abroad Requirement:
A semester-long program of study abroad in Latin America or other Latin American immersion experience, such as significant interactions with Latin American immigrant communities in the USA, is required for all majors and minors, and can both count toward the program’s language requirement and concentration courses. Students should consult their Latin American Studies advisor, the LAST director, and the University’s Office for Study Abroad for program options. The minor in Latin American Studies consists of six courses emphasizing breadth in Latin American Studies.
Programs offered through our partners (CIEE, IES, IFSA-Butler, SFS, SIT) that can apply to the LAST major or minor are available in:
University of Redlands Faculty-led May Term Travel Courses: (the availability of May term courses changes each year: click the Study Abroad website for current information
SOAN 348 - "Economic justice and Migration in Mexico"
Instructor: Sara Schoonmaker
CDIS 260 - "Guatemala: Service-Learning in Language, Culture, and Education"
Instructor: Barbara Conboy
EVST 250 – “PanaMapping: Geodesign to Conserve the Rainforest”
Instructor(s): Steven Moore & Dan Klooster