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Latin American Studies B.A.

World Languages & Cultures
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 32 to 51
  • This program requires summer terms.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Latin American Studies is the newer of the two Spanish programs offered at UMD. Students who major or minor in this program take courses in Spanish language through the advanced level before taking an interdisciplinary set of courses to intensify their study of Latin America. Our students apply their linguistic and interdisciplinary skills to a wide variety of local, regional, national, or international career choices. Latin American Studies majors do this by participating in either a study abroad experience or internship. Students gain experience through fieldwork with a Spanish-speaking community abroad or in Minnesota.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current UMD students who change colleges to CLA are exempt from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1) A study abroad experience or internship in Latin America or in a Latino community in the United States is required. 2) A second field of study (either a minor or another major). 3) Students majoring in Latin American Studies cannot minor in Hispanic Studies, but may double major. 4) Students double majoring in Latin American Studies and Hispanic Studies must have a third field of study (another major or minor).
Required Language Core (0-16 cr)
Students with previous language study, including those who are native or heritage speakers, may be exempt from some core language requirements and should consult the Latin American Studies advisor within 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 - Civilization, Cultures and Culture Communities in Latin America [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
Required Experience (3-6 cr)
A study abroad experience or internship (at least 3 credits) in Latin America or in a Latino community in the United States is required. Many UMD short-term study abroad programs are typically offered during the summer. Students may select from the list below or consult with a Latin American Studies advisor for other options.
Short-term Study Abroad Programs at UMD
HIST 3313 - Global Surf Culture - Study Abroad [GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
or INTB 4231 - Peru's Food Movement: The Links to Health, Development and Branding (3.0 cr)
or one of the following:
BIOL 4839 - Coral Reef Field Studies [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
or GEOL 4839 - Coral Reef Geology [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
or Internship
SPAN 3097 - Internship (1.0-6.0 cr)
Required Electives (13 cr)
Other courses that pertain to Latin America may be approved by a Latin American Studies advisor.
Take 13 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AMIN 3430 - Global Indigenous Studies [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 3632 - Latin American Cultures (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3110 - Art of the Ancient Americas (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3130 - Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3140 - Women in Art/Visual Culture in Latin America (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3712 - Geography of Latin America (3.0 cr)
· LING 1811 - Introduction to Linguistics [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
· LING 3101 - Introduction to Phonology (3.0 cr)
· PHIL 2011 - Philosophy of Language [LE CAT3, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
· PHIL 3025 - Philosophy of Race and Racism (4.0 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 3020 - Advanced Spanish for Business (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3097 - Internship (1.0-6.0 cr)
· SPAN 4011 - Latin American Prose [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4013 - Hispanic American Poetry and Drama [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4017 - Latin American Cinema and Culture [FINE ARTS] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4018 - Latin America From Within [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4019 - Seminar: Latin America in the 21st Century [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· WS 3001 - Gender Relations in the Global South [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
Recommended: WRIT 3100 - Advanced Writing: Language and Literature
WRIT 31xx - Adv Writing (3 cr)
 
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UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02403 - EHS 1000/UST 1000
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD. Credit will not be granted if already received for EHS 1000.
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. Cultivation of the four modalities of language acquisition speaking, listening comprehension, writing and reading comprehension. Development of intercultural competency. Taught primarily in Spanish. 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 study of Spanish, Cultivation of the four modalities of language acquisition (speaking, listening comprehension, writing, and reading comprehension). Development of intercultural competency. Taught primarily in Spanish. 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 the Beginning Spanish sequence. Further cultivation of the four modalities of language acquisition (speaking, listening comprehension, writing, and reading comprehension). Emphasis on oral and written production. Further development of intercultural competency as it relates to the diverse cultures of Latino and Spanish-speaking communities around the globe. 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 Intermediate Spanish. Further cultivation of the four modalities of language acquisition (speaking, listening comprehension, writing, and reading comprehension). Emphasis on oral and written production. Further development of intercultural competency as it relates to the diverse cultures of Latino and Spanish-speaking communities around the globe. 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 context. Strong emphasis on academic writing and formal oral and aural communication skills; cultivation of literary and filmic analysis abilities; intensive 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 Latin America's natural resources, their cultural meaning and management across time and recent environmental movements in the region. Special focus on the indigenous 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 students and will be taught in English.
SPAN 3042 - Civilization, Cultures and Culture Communities in Latin America (HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Historical overview and survey of key themes of Latin America until the present day. Analysis of key cultural (literary, filmic, artistic, architectural, and musical) texts. Strong focus on academic writing and research. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent
HIST 3313 - Global Surf Culture - Study Abroad (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02495 - HIST 3313/FORS 3313
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Taught abroad. Surfing is one of the world's most popular cultural phenomena. Students will explore the intersections of surfing, war, and tourism, addressing how a pastime commonly associated with mindless pleasure has in fact been implicated in some of the major global developments of the last two-hundred years. These include empire-building and the "civilizing mission" in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Hawaii's, modernization and economic development in the so-called Third World, the growth of international tourism following the Second World War, political mass movements and the anti-apartheid struggle, American foreign relations and Cold War cultural diplomacy, and the surf industry and corporate globalization. As a class taught in another country, the course will also cover the history of U.S. foreign policy in that region. And it has an experiential component: to develop an appreciation for the subject and for why millions of people have planned their lives around the sport, students will learn to surf. The course will thus combine academic instruction with outdoor education. pre-req: instructor consent, ability to swim; also visit the UMD Study Abroad office
INTB 4231 - Peru's Food Movement: The Links to Health, Development and Branding
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
The course provides an opportunity for students to learn and study the unique conditions that characterize the food movement in Peru. In particular, it creates a multidisciplinary study abroad experience by exploring the interconnections between food and economic development, health care, branding and international marketing and other aspects of economics and business. Meanwhile, students will explore first-hand how the growth in Peru's food movement has important implications for the Peruvian economy, culture and national identity. pre-req: ECON 1022, 1023, GPA 2.5 or higher; no grad credit
BIOL 4839 - Coral Reef Field Studies (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01396 - Biol 5839/Geol 5839/FORS 5839
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Field study on San Salvador, Bahamas focusing on the biological and geological studies of the coral reef complex and associated habitats of the Caribbean. We will examine the ecology and taxonomy of associated biota as well as the physical, chemical and sedimentary processes in coral reef environments. prereq: BIOL 1011 and 1012 or GEOL 1110 or IBS Grad student
GEOL 4839 - Coral Reef Geology (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01396 - Biol 5839/Geol 5839/FORS 5839
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Field study on San Salvador, Bahamas focusing on the biological and geological studies of the coral reef complex and associated habitats of the Caribbean. We will examine the ecology and taxonomy of associated biota as well as the physical, chemical and sedimentary processes in coral reef environments. prereq: BIOL 1011 and 1012 or GEOL 1110 or IBS Grad student
SPAN 3097 - Internship
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised international or domestic internship related to Hispanic Studies or Latin American Studies major. The use of Spanish must be necessary to carry out the internship. pre-req: Internship coordinator consent, Hispanic Studies or Latin America Studies major, WRIT 31xx, SPAN 2301 with a C or better
AMIN 3430 - Global Indigenous Studies (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
This course fosters a consideration of the planet's indigenous peoples, emphasizing their various and varying cultural, territorial, political, social, legal, aesthetic, economic, and intellectual contributions and claims. Exploring indigenous peoples' relationships with one another, with settler governments, with non-governmental organizations, and with supranational institutions, students in the course will develop a broad understanding of the increasingly global trajectories of indigenous studies.
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
ARTH 3110 - Art of the Ancient Americas
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
A selective visual introduction to the Americas before the Spanish Conquest, focusing on the form, function, and symbolism of Ancient American art and architecture and its role in the construction and maintenance of political power, religious belief and practice, concepts of space, and bodily performance.
ARTH 3130 - Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course focuses on modern and contemporary visual culture of Mexico from approximately 1860 to the present. It examines the dominant art forms of late nineteenth and twentieth century Mexico: these include post-revolutionary muralism and social realism; movements, artists, and visual genre outside of the nationalist traditional; abstraction, surrealism, the international avant-garde, urban planning, photography, print culture, film, performance, and conceptual art.
ARTH 3140 - Women in Art/Visual Culture in Latin America
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
This course focuses on representations of women and by women in the art and visual culture of Mexico and other Latin American countries, examining the many ways in which the image of female body in Latin America has been used to construct and typify regional understandings of gender, class, racial, and national identities. Distinguishing between women as subject matter and women as producers of art, we will also look to female artists in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries to investigate how they might be engaging with and/or critiquing traditional iconographical representations.
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
LING 1811 - Introduction to Linguistics (LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Provides an introduction to a theoretical study of the nature of natural language, using examples primarily from present-day English. Students are expected to learn analytical skills to understand how human languages (and the human mind) work and how the sub-components (sounds, words, sentences and meaning) of natural languages are systematically organized.
LING 3101 - Introduction to Phonology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 1811 or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Phonology is a grammar of sound for a language. The phonological component of a language is the system of rules, representations and principles that govern the patterning of sounds. To understand the general patterns of sounds, students are expected to analyze data across the language families pre-theoretically. This pre-theoretical analysis will be scientifically explained within modern phonological theories. prereq: 1811 or instructor consent
PHIL 2011 - Philosophy of Language (LE CAT3, SOC SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to theories of meaning and truth and the structure of language. Relation of language to thought and the world; semantics and syntax; speech acts and performative utterances; descriptions and reference; and structuralism and the possibility of objective knowledge. prereq: Course in logic or literary analysis or human communication or CS or math or instructor consent
PHIL 3025 - Philosophy of Race and Racism
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This course will examine the origins, current causes, and consequences of racism but only after addressing these more fundamental questions: Is race a biological phenomenon? What is it if it is not biological? Is race nothing at all? Given the real facts about race, how should we approach questions about racism? It will examine various metaphysical positions that have been offered to explain race - realist, constructivist, relativist, and nihilist - and the moral/political ramifications of each of these types of theories. 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
The study of Latino communities in the United States, from the colonial period to the present. Topics covered include the Spanish legacy in the Southeast and Southwest, Caribbean communities on the East coast and demographic transition away from major metropolitan areas to the Midwest. Students will read travel narratives, fiction, poetry, and theater, and will have the opportunity to collect oral histories from Latinos in Minnesota. The course is open to all students and will be taught in English.
SPAN 3020 - Advanced Spanish for Business
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This class develops students' Spanish language abilities in order to function in business settings domestically and internationally. This course will enhance oral and written presentational skills within commercial and administrative contexts, and will cultivate students' geographic knowledge and cultural competence necessary to perform, interact and interrelate in professional situations and make informed choices in the vast and varied Spanish-speaking world. pre-req: SPAN 2301
SPAN 3097 - Internship
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised international or domestic internship related to Hispanic Studies or Latin American Studies major. The use of Spanish must be necessary to carry out the internship. pre-req: Internship coordinator consent, Hispanic Studies or Latin America Studies major, WRIT 31xx, SPAN 2301 with a C or better
SPAN 4011 - Latin American Prose (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Prose fiction with emphasis on twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Attention also to cultural background. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent; no grad credit
SPAN 4013 - Hispanic American Poetry and Drama (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Emphasis on twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Attention also to cultural background. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent; no grad credit
SPAN 4017 - Latin American Cinema and Culture (FINE ARTS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Exploration of the production of cinema paired with the analysis of and insight into Latin American cinema and culture. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent; no grad credit
SPAN 4018 - Latin America From Within (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Study of selected Latin American countries: historical, political, cultural, and other defining moments and literary expressions of those moments, with the goal of seeing the country from within. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent; no grad credit
SPAN 4019 - Seminar: Latin America in the 21st Century (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
A study of longer, newer, or less studied (yet important) literary works, as well as their relevant cultural background. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent; no grad credit
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.