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Latin American Area Studies Minor

Foreign Languages & Literatures
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits in this minor: 18 to 34
This program prepares students to thrive as globally competent citizens through in-depth encounters with Latin American cultures. Students develop Spanish language communication skills. Topics studied pertain to Latin American literature, history, politics, and arts. The emphasis of this program is students' ability to analyze and articulate their understanding of the role that race, class, gender, sustainability, and human rights play in Spanish-speaking North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Latin American Area Studies begins to prepare graduates to be cross-culturally competent, global citizens who can apply their skills, knowledge, cultural awareness, and social commitment to a wide variety of local, regional, national or international career choices (including law, government, non-governmental organizations) and graduate or professional programs. A study abroad experience is encouraged, but not required.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Required Language Core (0 - 16 cr)
Students with previous language study may be exempt from some core requirements and should consult the department about placement.
SPAN 1101 - Beginning Spanish I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
SPAN 1102 - Beginning Spanish II [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
SPAN 1201 - Intermediate Spanish I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
SPAN 1202 - Intermediate Spanish II [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
Required Core (12 cr)
SPAN 2301 - Advanced Spanish [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
SPAN 2550 - Globalization and Sustainability in Latin America [SUSTAIN] (4.0 cr)
SPAN 3042 - Hispanic American Civilization and Culture [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
Electives (6 cr)
Other UMD courses that pertain to Latin America may be approved by an LAAS adviser.
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 3618 - Ancient Middle America (3.0 cr)
ANTH 3632 - Latin American Cultures (3.0 cr)
FORS 3200 - ANTH 3200 Exploring Sustainability in Costa Rica (4.0 cr)
FORS 3205 - GEOG 3205 Mapping in Belize (3.0 cr) (summer)
FST 4266 - INTB 4495 Economic and Business Development in Peru (3.0 cr)
GEOG 3712 - Geography of Latin America (3.0 cr)
POL 3575 - Latin American Politics and Development (4.0 cr)
POL 3580 - Central American Politics (4.0 cr)
SPAN 2540 - Latino Literatures and Cultures [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
SPAN 401x
WS 3001 - Gender Relations in the Global South [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
WS 3002 - Latin American Women: Culture and Politics (3.0 cr)
 
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SPAN 1101 - Beginning Spanish I (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Conversation and communicative course for students with little or no previous study of Spanish. Emphasis on oral and aural skills; some grammar. Taught primarily in Spanish, with some English. prereq: Little or no prior formal study of this language, or instructor consent
SPAN 1102 - Beginning Spanish II (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Conversation and communicative course for students with limited previous study of Spanish. Emphasis on oral and aural skills; some grammar. Taught primarily in Spanish, with some English. prereq: 1-2 yrs high school Span or 1101 or instructor consent
SPAN 1201 - Intermediate Spanish I (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Consolidation and enrichment of previously acquired abilities in speaking and understanding Spanish, set within introduction to written Spanish and survey of contemporary culture of Spanish-speaking societies. Emphasis on oral, aural, and reading skills; vocabulary building; some writing. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 3-4 yrs high school Span or 1102 or instructor consent
SPAN 1202 - Intermediate Spanish II (LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Consolidation and enrichment of previously acquired abilities in speaking and understanding Spanish, set within introduction to written Spanish and survey of contemporary culture of Spanish-speaking societies. Emphasis on oral, aural, and reading skills; vocabulary building; some writing. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 4 yrs high school Span or 1201 or instructor consent
SPAN 2301 - Advanced Spanish (LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development of Spanish literacy within a culturally authentic contemporary context. Emphasis on practical writing and formal oral and aural communication skills; vocabulary building; enhancement of reading skills; review of key grammar. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 5 yrs high school Span or 1202 or instructor consent
SPAN 2550 - Globalization and Sustainability in Latin America (SUSTAIN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring & Summer Odd Year
The study of the origins and recent trends in globalization in Latin America. Special focus on practices that promote environmental, economic, political, social and cultural sustainability. The course may focus on Central America, the Caribbean, and Andes, the Southern Cone, the Amazon or any other geocultural region in Latin America. The course is open to all majors and will be taught in English.
SPAN 3042 - Hispanic American Civilization and Culture (HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of important aspects of Hispanic American civilization and culture, pre- and post-Encounter. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent; offered alternate years
ANTH 3618 - Ancient Middle America
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: minimum 30 credits
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Survey of major pre-Hispanic cultures of Mesoamerica, including the Olmecs, Maya, Toltecs, Mixtecs, and Aztecs. Using comparative ethnographic and archaeological materials, the course explores the arrival of hunter-gatherer-foragers, the beginnings of agriculture, and formation of early villages, native mathematical and calendar and writing systems, the florescence of regional art styles, and the religious sociopolitical, and economic development of Classical and Postclassical civilizations through the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors. prereq: minimum 30 credits
ANTH 3632 - Latin American Cultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Survey of social, political, economic, and religious organization of contemporary national and native cultures of Mexico, Central America, and South America. prereq: 1604, minimum 30 credits
FORS 3200 - ANTH 3200 Exploring Sustainability in Costa Rica
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02111
Typically offered: Periodic Spring & Summer
Taught on site in Costa Rica. Introduces students to fieldwork based experiences in sustainability and community engaged scholarship. Course generally involves travel, extensive outside of the classroom work, and a service learning component with post project reflection. prereq: Admission to an approved study abroad program requires consent from the International Education Office.
FST 4266 - INTB 4495 Economic and Business Development in Peru
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring & Summer
Study abroad prereq: Admitted to an approved Study Abroad Program, required consent from the International Education Office. No graduate credit
GEOG 3712 - Geography of Latin America
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Considers the social, physical and political landscapes of Latin America and the Caribbean before, during and after the European invasion and colonial times. Examines contemporary dynamics in the region from a political ecology perspective. prereq: Minimum 30 credits or instructor consent
POL 3575 - Latin American Politics and Development
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
A comparative examination of politics and development in the Latin American region. Topics of this course include transition to democracy, democratic consolidation, rule of law, human rights, the military and politics, women and politics, executive-legislative relations, civil society, and economic development. prereq: Minimum 45 credits
POL 3580 - Central American Politics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1050, minimum 45 credits or instruction permission
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Explores the history, politics, culture, and modern problems in Central America. Includes examination of the differences and similarities in colonial history among Central American countries, the role of U.S. influence on Central American politics and the economy, and legacies of civil wars. Then, it focuses on modern problems of violence against women, gangs, violent crime, and governance, and how international and local organizations and individuals can (or cannot) contribute to alleviating these problems. prereq: 1050, minimum 45 credits or instruction permission
SPAN 2540 - Latino Literatures and Cultures (LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Literatures and cultures of Latinos in the United States, with attention to their particular issues. Some readings in Spanish for the occasional Spanish major/minor student. Taught in English (unless entire class composed of students of Spanish).
WS 3001 - Gender Relations in the Global South (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Using comparative historical, political, socioeconomic and feminist perspectives this course critically examines how factors such as colonialism, imperialism, and globalization continue to impact, construct, and reconstruct gender relations in post-colonial cultures with adverse consequences for women in Third World countries. It also examines how conditions in Third World countries are shaped by global economic systems, which lead to massive migrations of Third World women into the United States. It critically evaluate the concepts of universal subordination, particularly, a consciousness which categories women in the Global South as "overall victims," the other, or exotic.
WS 3002 - Latin American Women: Culture and Politics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Examination of contemporary economic and socio-political issues affecting Latin American women. prereq: 1000 or 2101 or instructor consent