Latin American Studies Minor

Latin American Studies

—Minor

The Latin American Studies Minor provide a comprehensive view of Latin America from the perspectives of political science, Spanish and Portuguese literatures, history, sociology, and other fields.

Students are required to take 20 hours, which include 12 hours in Spanish or Portuguese or a combination of the two areas. In addition, students are required to take eight hours selected from other LAS offerings. Latin American Studies minors are strongly encouraged to study abroad in Latin America as any courses taken during a study abroad experience can also be counted for the minor.

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Program Requirements

Latin American Studies Minor Requirements

To earn a minor in Latin American Studies you must complete a total of twenty hours.

Twelve hours in Spanish or Portuguese or a combination of the two areas.

For a complete list of Spanish or Portuguese courses, see the Academic Catalog  

Eight hours chosen from the following courses or a study abroad option in Latin America:

LAS 2005 Latin American Culture
LAS 2006 Latin America on Film I
LAS 2007 Latin America on Film II
SPA/LAS 3308 Topics in Hispanic Culture and Civilization
SPA/LAS 3335 Latin American Film and Fiction
HIS/LAS 3355 History of Florida
HIS/LAS 3365 History of Modern Latin America
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Course Descriptions

Latin America Studies

LAS 2005 LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE
Four hours. An introduction to various aspects of life in Latin American countries from early times to the present. Focusing on the social and political development of Latin America, the course will reveal the unity and diversity that characterize contemporary Latin American culture. Typical topics for study include: the precolumbian civilizations and their cultural legacy; the conquistadores and the colonial period; the independence movements; the search for and the definition of an American identity; the twentieth-century dictatorships; and the move toward democracy.

LAS 2006 LATIN AMERICA ON FILM I
Four hours. This course introduces the student to some facets of the Latin American world through a detailed study of films and readings from diverse countries of the region such as Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Cuba and Guatemala. In tandem, it addresses topics such as religion in Argentina, dictatorship in Chile and Cuba and immigration from Guatemala.

LAS 2007 LATIN AMERICA ON FILM II
Four hours. This course introduces the student to some facets of Latin America through a detailed study of films and readings from diverse countries such as Mexico, Colombia, The Dominican Republic, Venezuela and El Salvador. In tandem, it addresses topics such as violence and the family in Mexican society, drugs and violence in Colombia, violence in Venezuela and the civil war in El Salvador. Latin America on Film I is not a prerequisite for this course.

SPA/LAS 3308 TOPICS IN HISPANIC CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION
Four hours. Same as SPA 3308. Prerequisite: SPA 2203 proficiency or permission of the instructor. This course will serve to Introduce and expand the student’s understanding of Hispanic countries through a detailed study of an interdisciplinary topic that will incorporate history, culture, art, literature, current events, and various geographic regions. Students of SPA 3308 will read and write in Spanish, students of LAS 3308 will read and write in English. All class discussions will be held in English. May be taken more than once with a different topic.
Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw)

SPA/LAS 3335 LATIN AMERICAN FILM AND FICTION
Four hours. Same as SPA 3335. Prerequisite: SPA 2203 proficiency or permission of the instructor for students taking this as SPA 3335. This course examines major works of fiction in writing and film by Hispanic writers such as Azuela, Borges, Allende, Sábato, Cortázar, and García Márquez among others. It focuses on the historical, social and political context of their works. Students of LAS 3335 will read and write in English, students of SPA 3335 will read and write in Spanish. All class discussions will be held in English.

HIS/LAS 3355 HISTORY OF FLORIDA
Four hours. Same as HIS 3355. Prerequisites: One year of college-level coursework and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course surveys the history of Florida from the Spanish Period to the present. The course examines the major events and personalities in Florida history from chronological and political perspectives. Attention is given to economic, social, and environmental issues that have shaped Florida’s history. Florida’s unique landscape, geography and natural features are also a subject of inquiry in the course.
Gen Ed: SW (Glb, An), Ql, EC-C

HIS/LAS 3365 HISTORY OF MODERN LATIN AMERICA
Four hours. Same as HIS 3365. Prerequisites: One year of college coursework and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course surveys the major events and personalities in Latin American History from the colonial era to the present. Attention is given to economic, social, geographical, and environmental issues that have shaped the region’s history. The region’s unique landscape, geography and natural features are also a subject of inquiry in the course.
Gen Ed: SW (Glb, An), Ql, EC-C