Latin American and Latino/a Studies Concentration/Interdisciplinary Studies Major

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The Program

The Latin American and Latino/a Studies Concentration within the Interdisciplinary Studies major allows students to approach the study of Latin America and Latinos/as in the United States from an interdisciplinary ­perspective. It is an appropriate concentration for those intending to pursue Latin American and Latino/a Studies or Spanish at the graduate level, for those anticipating living or working in Latin America, or for those wishing to acquire expertise in Latin America for a career in government or ­business.

Training in Latin American and Latino/a studies is an excellent preparation for careers in education, business and government. Graduates find employment with businesses such as export/import companies, international banks, tour and travel companies, and the international media. Government agencies, such as the State Department, seek individuals trained in Latin American and Latino/a studies. Employment opportunities exist for translators and researchers, and in other areas.

Requirements for the Concentration

Students in the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Concentration complete SPAN 301 or its equivalent, and a minimum of 36 units. The concentration requires 6 units in foundations courses, 6 units in advanced study courses, a 6-unit capstone experience, and 18 units of electives. Students must complete a minimum of 6 units in at least three of the following disciplines: anthropology, art history, economics history, geography, music, applied music, political science, sociology or Spanish.

All course work must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher.

Foundations (6 Units)
LAST 100LATIN AMERICA: ISSUES AND APPROACHES3
HIST 122LATIN AMERICA: NATIONAL PERIOD3
Advanced Study (6 Units)
Select two of the following:6
TRADITION & REVOLUTION IN LATIN AMERICA
GEOGRAPHY OF LATIN AMERICA
THE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF LATIN AMERICAN
CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION OF LATIN AMERICA
HISPANIC POPULAR CULTURES
Capstone Experience (6 Units)
Latin American and Latino/a Studies students should plan early how they intend to fulfill their capstone requirement. Participation in the study abroad program in Latin America is strongly recommended:6
Option One (recommended)
Study Abroad Experience in Latin America (see guidelines)
Option Two
Select two of the following:
MODEL ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES
DIRECTED READINGS IN LATIN AMERICAN AND LATINO/A STUDIES
DIRECTED READINGS IN LATIN AMERICAN AND LATINO/A STUDIES
INTERNSHIP IN LATIN AMERICAN AND LATINO/A STUDIES
HONORS THESIS (in Latin American and Latino/a Studies Themes) 1
Electives (18 Units)
Select six of the following approved courses in Latin American and Latino/a Studies:18
Anthropology
DRUGS IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
TRADITION & REVOLUTION IN LATIN AMERICA
TOPICS IN ANTHROPOLOGY 2
SPECIAL TOPICS IN ANTHROPOLOGY 2
INTERNSHIP IN ANTHROPOLOGY I 2
INTERNSHIP IN ANTHROPOLOGY II 2
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH 2
READINGS IN ANTHROPOLOGY (HONORS) 2
HONORS THESIS IN ANTHROPOLOGY 2
Art History
LATIN AMERICAN ART: 1800 TO PRESENT
Economics
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Geography
GEOGRAPHY OF LATIN AMERICA
SEMINAR: SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY 2
SEMINAR: SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY 2
SEMINAR: SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY 2
SEMINAR: SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY 2
SEMINAR: SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY 2
SEMINAR: SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY 2
SEMINAR: SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY 2
SEMINAR: SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY 2
SEMINAR: SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY 2
SEMINAR: SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY 2
TRAVEL AND STUDY 2
DIRECTED READNG IN GEOGRAPHY 2
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GEOGRAPHY 2
History
LATIN AMERICA: COLONIAL PERIOD
THE ANDEAN REPUBLICS
HISTORY OF MEXICO: NATIONAL PERIOD
DEMOCRATIZATION IN LATIN AMERICA
HISTORICAL THEMES 2
INTERNSHIP 2
DIRECTED READING 2
HONORS DIRECTED READINGS 2
HONORS THESIS IN HISTORY 2
International Studies
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES ABROAD 2
INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH 2
Latin American and Latino/a Studies
MODEL ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES
SPECIAL TOPICS IN LATIN AMERICAN AND LATINO/A STUDIES
DIRECTED READINGS IN LATIN AMERICAN AND LATINO/A STUDIES
DIRECTED READINGS IN LATIN AMERICAN AND LATINO/A STUDIES
INTERNSHIP IN LATIN AMERICAN AND LATINO/A STUDIES
Music Applied
WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLE 2
WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLE
Music
SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSIC 2
Political Science
THE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF LATIN AMERICAN
LATIN AMERICAN POLICY OFTHE UNITED STATES
SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE 2
SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE 2
SPEC TOPICS POSC 2
SPEC TOPICS POSC 2
SPEC TOPICS POSC 2
SPEC TOPICS POSC 2
SPEC TOPICS POSC 2
SPEC TOPICS POSC 2
SPEC TOPICS POSC 2
SPEC TOPICS POSC 2
INDEPENDENT STUDY 2
SEMINAR: CONTEMPORARY U.S. FOREIGN POLICY 2
INTERNSHIP I 2
DIRECTED READINGS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE 2
HONORS THESIS IN POSC 2
Sociology
SOCIOLOGY OF IMMIGRATION
Spanish
COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION II
CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION OF LATIN AMERICA
SURVEY OF SPANISH-AMERICAN LITERATURE
SPANISH FOR BUSINESS
HISPANIC POPULAR CULTURES
SPECIAL TOPICS IN SPANISH 2
DIRECTED READINGS IN SPANISH LITERATURE 2
DIRECTED READINGS IN SPANISH 2
TRAVEL STUDY ABROAD 2
INTERNSHIP IN SPANISH 2
Total Units36
1

Open to departmental honors program students only.

2

When concerned with Latin America.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Please contact your major department for more information. 

1) Students possess the ability to integrate knowledge and modes of thinking across two or more disciplines.
2) Students communicate effectively in the presentation of interdisciplinary materials through various modes of transmission.
3) Students conduct, analyze and apply research from two or more disciplines or through interdisciplinary research.

Courses

LAST 100 LATIN AMERICA: ISSUES AND APPROACHES (3)

Multi-disciplinary approaches to leading issues in recent Latin America. Access, evaluate, and use information. Core: Global Perspectives.

LAST 385 MODEL ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES (3)

Structure and function of OAS, the inter-American system and U.S. Latin American policy. Students represent member states of the OAS in a mock General Assembly in Washington, D.C. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisite: sophomore standing and written consent in instructor.

LAST 484 SPECIAL TOPICS IN LATIN AMERICAN AND LATINO/A STUDIES (3)

Study through lectures and discussions of interdisciplinary topics selected by the instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units provided different topics are covered. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing or consent of instructor.

LAST 491 DIRECTED READINGS IN LATIN AMERICAN AND LATINO/A STUDIES (3)

Independent reading in Latin American studies on a topic selected by the student in consultation with the instructor(s). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisites: advanced undergraduate standing, junior/senior standing, and consent of instructor.

LAST 492 DIRECTED READINGS IN LATIN AMERICAN AND LATINO/A STUDIES (3)

Independent reading in Latin American studies on a topic selected by the student in consultation with the instructor(s). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisites: advanced undergraduate standing and consent of instructor.

LAST 497 INTERNSHIP IN LATIN AMERICAN AND LATINO/A STUDIES (3-6)

Training and experience with public and private organizations. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. S/U grading. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and consent of instructor.