Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies
This minor helps students immerse themselves in diverse and rich cultures. The students will also have an advantage for future careers by having a higher fluency in the Spanish language and in having achieved a heightened sense of global and cultural awareness.
- Minor in Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies
Hernán Fontanet, Ph.D.
Fine Arts 367
Program Website: Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies
Associated Department: Department of Languages, Literature and Cultures
Requirements for the Minor
|Spanish Language 1|
& SPA 201
and Spanish IV
|SPA 311||Latin American Latino Culture||3|
|Area-specific Courses 2|
|Four or five courses from at least three disciplines and no more than two courses from any one discipline.||12-15|
|Colonial Latin America|
|Modern Latin America|
|Global Encounters: Special Education Abroad: A Comparative Experience|
|Hispanic Lit & Film Eng Trans|
|Politics of Latin America|
|Spanish for Business|
|Intro to Latin-Amer/Latino Lit|
|Hispanic Theater and Film|
|Hispanic Short Story: Transatlantic Conn|
|From Colonies to Nationsfrom Colonies to|
|Latin American/Latino Film and Fiction|
Students who place out of SPA 200 must take SPA 201 and one additional Spanish course at the 300 or 400 level. Students who place out of SPA 200 and SPA 201 must complete one Spanish course at the 300 or 400 level.
Spanish majors and minors may only take one area-specific course from their major or minor program.
Student Abroad or domestic experience within a Spanish linguistic context or business environment – study, service-learning or internships – may meet some of the requirements upon consultation with the student’s advisor. Students must take at least one course in the Latin-American and Caribbean Area Studies Minor upon completion of Study Abroad or a domestic experience as described above.
Independent Research and Study courses and Baccalaureate Honors courses may be substituted in consultation with the Area Studies Program director.
Courses and Descriptions
GSS 310 Special Topics 3 Credits
Studies in specialized areas of feminist scholarship. Topics change according to instructor and are listed in the course roster.
Prerequisite: one previous course in gender and sexuality studies or permission of instructor.
HIS 282 Colonial Latin America 3 Credits
Examines the pre-Columbian and colonial periods of Latin-American history. Discusses the Indian, African, and European peoples and pays particular attention to the colonial Spanish and Portuguese societies from their establishment up to the revolutions that brought about political independence.
HIS 283 Modern Latin America 3 Credits
Considers the post-independence history of Latin America, emphasizing the rise of export economies and external economic domination, modernization, and pan- Americanism. Examines the changes undergone by Latin-American nations in the 20th century through an analysis of Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Cuba, and Central America.
HIS 284 Caribbean History 3 Credits
Analyzes the history of the West Indian islands and the lands bordering the Caribbean Sea from pre-Columbian times to the present.
IND 210 Global Encounters: Special Education Abroad: A Comparative Experience 3 Credits
This course provides students with an exposure to foreign cultures consisting of both travel and study components. Destinations may include countries in Europe, Latin America, or Asia. While traveling, students will be required to attend lecture/discussion sessions, site tours, and other planned activities. This experience will be preceded and/or followed by additional academic work to be conducted on campus. Study topics may include aspects of the historical, social, economic, political, and aesthetic cultural components appropriate to the location(s) visited. The travel component of the course will be scheduled to avoid conflict with normal semester offerings. A travel fee is required. No foreign language skills are required unless otherwise indicated.
IND 316 Nature's Business 3 Credits
This interdisciplinary, team-taught, experiential learning course brings together various science, liberal arts, and business perspectives in examining the relationships among biological, social, environmental, economic, geological, and political issues. Topics to be discussed and researched by students can include, but are not limited to, ecotourism, sustainable development, biodiversity, local and regional environmental and historical geology, cultural norms, and the legal and political systems of the country being visited. The study tour component of the course provides students with a first-hand opportunity to observe and record field data from settings outside of the United States and in their discipline of interest. Typically, there are approximately 12 hours of pre-trip lectures, seminars, and/or faculty/student presentations during the fall semester, an international study tour, 9-14 days in length, during January (exact dates and length depend on the international location), and approximately three hours of post-trip meetings, seminars, and student presentations during the spring semester. Students enroll in the course during the spring semester. Note: This course is cross-listed as CBA 316; Students may not get credit for both CBA 316 and IND 316. For Business students who take the course as CBA 316, the course will count as a business course. If taken as IND 316, the Business student will receive credit as a liberal arts and science course.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of Instructor.
LAC 420 From Colonies to Nations 3 Credits
This course consists of a panoramic survey of Colonial and Post-Colonial Latin American literature in light of the unique social, cultural and political history from the pre-Columbian to the Independence period (1825). The approach brings together vivid accounts of places and events, speeches, profiles, oral histories, excerpts from a wide range of literature, policy papers, and other readings. The analysis and discussion of selected literary works and representative films will show how Latin American and Caribbean artistic and creative endeavors express the social, cultural and political context of the Americas. Videos and films will provide the sights and sounds of this vast and vital region. Note: This course is cross-listed as LAC 420. Students may not get credit for both SPA 420 and LAC 420.
LIT 340 Hispanic Literature & Film in English Translations 3 Credits
This course explores literary and cinematic masterpieces in English translation. Attention is focused on their relationship to the intellectual, artistic, and historical background of Spain, Latin America, and/or United States Latino cultures. No knowledge of Spanish is required. Open to Spanish majors, but no credit given toward the specific requirements of the major.
MUS 308 World Music 3 Credits
The student is introduced to selected world cultures by listening to and analyzing specific music that is indigenous to each culture. The position and importance of the music within each society will be the main focus of the investigation. Comparing this music to the music of our American culture will provide a basis for judging and interacting with unfamiliar world cultures.
POL 272 Politics of Latin America 3 Credits
The course will begin by discussing Latin American nations from the point of view of their common ancestry in European colonization, including the ways in which European cultural and economic patterns were introduced into indigenously populated areas, how these persisted after independence from European imperialist regimes and the U.S., and how these legacies have their continued effects into the present. The course continues with inquiry into the domestic politics and governmental systems of a number of Latin American nations. The course also takes up present day relations between Latin American political systems, the United States, and various organizations of the global economy such as International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization.
SOC 341 Developing Societies 3 Credits
Examines theories explaining patterns of development; indicators and measures of social well-being; and problems such as population, hunger and environmental crises in developing countries. Focuses especially on patterns of development in Latin America or China.
Prerequisite(s): SOC 101.
SPA 200 Spanish III 3 Credits
An intensive review of Spanish grammar with emphasis on aural-oral (listening and speaking skills) and composition writing. Literary and cultural readings will be used to develop these skills. A special section may be offered to address the needs of native speakers. Students may be required to work with audio and/or video materials and online sources. This course counts towards the fulfillment of the Essential Competencies element of the CLAS general education curriculum.
Prerequisite(s): SPA 101 or placement test.
SPA 201 Spanish IV 3 Credits
A continuation of Spanish grammar review with emphasis on aural-oral and written skills to prepare students for further study. The discussion of distinctive cultural aspects of the Hispanic world is an integral part of this course. This course counts towards the fulfillment of the Essential Competencies element of the CLAS general education curriculum.
Prerequisites: SPA 200 or placement test.
SPA 301 Spanish for Business 3 Credits
A solid foundation in business vocabulary and cultural concepts; situational practice in geographic and cultural contexts necessary to be successful in today’s Spanish-speaking world. Practice in writing business letters and other documents. Oral and written assignments to help students improve their critical thinking and become better communicators.
SPA 311 Latin American Latino Culture 3 Credits
A panoramic survey of Latin American cultural achievements in light of the unique social and political history from the pre-Columbian period to the present. The cross- cultural perspective includes a study of Latino culture in the United States. Classes are in English. No knowledge of Spanish is required.
SPA 325 Introduction to Latin-American/Latino Literature 3 Credits
A study of the development of Latin-American and Latino literature from its origins to the present through the reading, analysis and discussion of representative works by major authors. This course increases the understanding of how social, historical, and political events, together with native as well as foreign literary movements, create a unique literature, conveying the Hispanic-American reality. Required for majors.
SPA 412 Hispanic Theater and Film 3 Credits
This course explores through theater and cinema the compelling issues that have shaped Hispanic cultures and consciousness throughout the centuries. Sample topics include war and remembrance; myth and history; freedom and authority; immigration; globalization; and race, class, and gender. The course may focus on specific authors or historical periods. Representative playwrights include Lope de Vega, Zayas, Zorrilla, Avellaneda, Lorca, Buero Vallejo, Sastre, Solorzano, Carballido, Lopez Mozo, and Pedrero. Directors include Buñuel, Saura, Gutiérrez Alea, Almodovar, Rocha, Salles, Erice, Zambrano, and Bollaín.
SPA 413 The Hispanic Short Story: Transatlantic Connections 3 Credits
This course will introduce students to the most representative writers of the short story in Spain and Latin America from Romanticism to the present. Students will be prepared to perform close readings of the literary genre under study, to analyze the form and content of the texts read, paying due attention to all internal and external aspects that impact the narrative process and the evolution of the short story. This course counts towards the fulfillment of the Disciplinary Perspectives element of the CLAS general education curriculum.
SPA 420 From Colonies to Nations 3 Credits
This course consists of a panoramic survey of Colonial Latin American literature in light of the unique social, cultural and political history from the pre-Columbian to the Independence period (1825).
SPA 426 Latin American/Latino Film and Fiction 3 Credits
A study of the main trends in contemporary Hispanic fiction written in Latin America and the United States. Analysis and discussion of selected novels and short stories, and their cinematic representation on film. Required for majors. This course counts towards the fulfillment of the Disciplinary Perspectives element of the CLAS general education curriculum.
SPA 496 Special Studies 3 Credits
A seminar open to a variety of topics treating a particular author, period, genre, or theme.
Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.