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Spanish Studies B.A.

World Languages & Cultures
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2020
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 47
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Spanish Studies consists of two different sub-plans: Language and Culture Studies or Latin America. The Language and Culture Studies sub-plan fosters the development of cross-cultural competency and broader world perspectives through the study of history, cultural production, and texts of inherently diverse Spanish-speaking communities and cultures. This major guides students to the acquisition of the Spanish language in order to carry out coursework in the study, analysis, and understanding of literary texts and cultural products from Latin America, Spain, and United States Latino communities. Students in this sub-plan gain proficiency in the Spanish language and essential skills, like critical analysis, empathy, and cultural awareness. Because this major requires a second field of study, this sub-plan prepares students for a wide variety of careers, graduate programs, and professional school programs. Graduates might go on to work in the STEM fields; for non-profit organizations, for the government, or in education; companies with international ties and who value bilingualism and inclusivity; among many other career possibilities. Students interested in intensifying their study of Latin America are advised to consider the Latin America sub-plan. Students will apply their linguistic and interdisciplinary skills to a wide variety of local, regional, national, or international career choices. This sub-plan requires a study abroad or internship requirement, a requirement that gives students credit for an immersion in a Spanish-speaking community abroad or in a United States Latino community. If they choose a study abroad experience, students will cultivate the ability to articulate a keen understanding of the role of race, class, gender, sustainability, and human rights as they pertain to Spanish-speaking North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. If they select an internship, students will put their Spanish language skills to use and acquire direct experience in a local, state, or private entity. Honors requirements: Departmental honors will be awarded to students according to the following process: Students who achieve a 3.30 GPA in upper division language courses at UMD will be invited by program faculty to submit a portfolio of excellent work completed in Spanish past the language sequence and/or in the departmentís SPAN 2540 and SPAN 2550 for consideration by faculty in the program. The faculty then will decide if honors will be awarded, based on that portfolio.
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.
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 semester credits must be earned through UMD, and 15 of the last 30 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. For certificate programs, at least 3 upper-division credits that satisfy requirements for the certificate must be taken through UMD. If the program does not require upper division credits students must take at least one course from the certificate program from UMD.
  8. 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.
  9. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1) A second field of study (either a minor, another major or dual degree). Note: Students pursuing both the Spanish Studies B.A. and the Teaching Spanish B.A.A. must satisfactorily complete 12 non-overlapping upper division credits of Spanish electives over and above the requirements for the B.A.A. to receive both degrees. 2) Two elective courses applicable to the major must be taken through UMD. 3) Study abroad is encouraged for all students and the department makes every effort to facilitate such experiences.
First Term 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 - Learning in Community (1.0-2.0 cr)
Core (20 cr)
The core program in language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) is common to all majors and minors. Native and heritage speakers, as well as students with previous language study, may be exempt from some core requirements and should consult the department about placement. Students must earn a C or better grade in the Advanced Spanish language course before beginning upper division content courses that emphasize literature and culture.
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 CAT, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
SPAN 1202 - Intermediate Spanish II [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
SPAN 2301 - Advanced Spanish [LE CAT, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
Recommended: WRIT 3100 - Advanced Writing: Language and Literature
WRIT 31xx - Adv Writing (3 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Language and Culture Studies
Upper Division Electives (23 cr)
Students take 6 courses across the following elective lists. To enroll in these courses students must have earned a C or better in SPAN 2301, be currently enrolled, or have instructor consent. With adviser consent, some upper-division Spanish courses may be transferred and/or earned abroad, but at least two courses must be taken through UMD. (SPAN 3197 and 3297 are excluded from this course list.)
Take 4 - 6 course(s) from the following:
· SPAN 3020 - Advanced Spanish for Business (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3042 - Civilization, Cultures and Communities in Latin America [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3044 - Civilization, Cultures and Communities of Spain [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3190 - Spanish Language and Culture for Business - Study Abroad [COMM & LAN, GLOBAL PER] (6.0 cr)
· SPAN 3290 - Spanish Language and Culture for Health and Science - Study Abroad [COMM & LAN, GLOBAL PER] (6.0 cr)
· SPAN 3894 - Language and Culture in Spain - Study Abroad [GLOBAL PER] (6.0 cr)
· SPAN 4011 - Latin American Prose [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4013 - Latin 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)
· SPAN 4022 - Medieval and Golden Age Literature and Culture of Spain [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4027 - Contemporary Literature and Culture of Spain [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4028 - Literature and Culture of Spain 18th to the 20th Century [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4030 - Cinema and Culture of Spain [FINE ARTS] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4090 - Aspects of the Hispanic World [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4095 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3xxx-4xxx
· Optional Experience
Take 0 - 6 credit(s) from the following:
· SPAN 4091 - Independent Study (1.0-4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3097 - Internship (1.0-3.0 cr)
· Optional SPAN Electives (taught in English)
Students who take both courses cannot apply a course from the 'Optional Electives (taught in English)' area.
Take 0 - 2 course(s) from the following:
· SPAN 2540 - Latino Literatures and Cultures [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 2550 - Globalization and Sustainability in Latin America [SUSTAIN] (4.0 cr)
· Optional Electives (taught in English)
One of the following courses may apply to the 'Upper Division Electives'. With prior approval from an advisor, selected courses may be taken in another department or program if related to the major.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· 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)
· CUE 3001 - Foundations of Cultural Entrepreneurship I (3.0 cr)
· CUE 3002 - Foundations of Cultural Entrepreneurship II (3.0 cr)
· CUE 3101 - Introduction to Design Thinking and Conceptual Competencies (3.0 cr)
· CUE 4002 - Managing Cultural Organizations (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3712 - Geography of Latin America (3.0 cr)
· LING 1811 - Introduction to Linguistics [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
· PHIL 2011 - Philosophy of Language [LE CAT3, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
· PHIL 3025 - Philosophy of Race and Racism [CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3575 - Latin American Politics and Development (3.0 cr)
· POL 3580 - Central American Politics (3.0 cr)
· WS 3001 - Gender Relations in the Global South [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
Oral Proficiency Exam
This oral exam determines proficiency in the language. Contact the department regarding the details for the exam.
* Oral Proficiency Exam
Latin America
Geo-Political Core (8 cr)
SPAN 2550 - Globalization and Sustainability in Latin America [SUSTAIN] (4.0 cr)
SPAN 3042 - Civilization, Cultures and Communities in Latin America [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
Study Abroad or Internship (3 cr)
A study abroad experience or internship (at least 3 cr) in Latin America or in a Latino community in the United States is required. Many UMD short-term study abroad program are typically offered during the summer. Students may select from the list below or consult with a Latin America advisor for other options.
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· HIST 3313 - Global Surf Culture - Study Abroad [GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· INTB 4231 - Peru's Food Revolution: The Links to Sustainability, Development and Branding [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3097 - Internship (1.0-3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3890 - Language and Culture in Peru - Study Abroad [GLOBAL PER] (6.0 cr)
Electives (12 cr)
Other UMD courses that pertain to Latin America may be approved by a Latin America advisor.
Take 4 or more course(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)
· PHIL 2011 - Philosophy of Language [LE CAT3, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
· PHIL 3025 - Philosophy of Race and Racism [CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3575 - Latin American Politics and Development (3.0 cr)
· POL 3580 - Central American Politics (3.0 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 4011 - Latin American Prose [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4013 - Latin 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)
Optional Experience
Take 0 - 4 credit(s) from the following:
· SPAN 4091 - Independent Study (1.0-4.0 cr)
 
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UST 1000 - Learning in Community
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 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 Fall & 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 Spanish or 1101 or instructor consent
SPAN 1201 - Intermediate Spanish I (LE CAT, 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 CAT, 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 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 3042 - Civilization, Cultures and 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
SPAN 3044 - Civilization, Cultures and Communities of Spain (HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Historical overview and survey of key themes of the Iberian Peninsula from pre-history 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
SPAN 3190 - Spanish Language and Culture for Business - Study Abroad (COMM & LAN, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 6.0 [max 6.0]
Course Equivalencies: SPAN 3190/FORS 3190
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Study abroad program for students not majoring or minoring in Spanish Studies. Designed for students interested in business with little to no previous Spanish language. Month-long summer study abroad program in Salamanca, Spain. Study of Spanish language, Spanish for business purposed, Spanish business culture (in English), Spanish history and culture at the University of Salamanca. Home stay with a Salamanca family. Other than the language component, taught in English. pre-req: minimum 30 credits; admission to an approved study abroad program requires consent from the International Programs and Services Office.
SPAN 3290 - Spanish Language and Culture for Health and Science - Study Abroad (COMM & LAN, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 6.0 [max 6.0]
Course Equivalencies: SPAN 3290/FORS 3290
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Study abroad program for students not majoring or minoring in Spanish Studies. Designed for students interested in health and science with little to no previous Spanish language. Month-long summer study abroad program in Salamanca, Spain. Study of Spanish language, Spanish for business purposed, Spanish business culture (in English), Spanish history and culture at the University of Salamanca. Home stay with a Salamanca family. Other than the language component, taught in English. pre-req: minimum 30 credits; admission to an approved study abroad program requires consent from the International Programs and Services Office.
SPAN 3894 - Language and Culture in Spain - Study Abroad (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 6.0 [max 6.0]
Course Equivalencies: FST 3894/SPAN 3894
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Month long summer study abroad program in Salamanca, Spain. Study of Spanish language, literature, art history and culture at the University of Salamanca. Home stay with a Salamanca family. Taught in Spanish. prereq: instructor consent & completion of SPAN 1202 or higher; admission to an approved study abroad program requires consent from the International Programs and Services Office
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 - Latin 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
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
SPAN 4022 - Medieval and Golden Age Literature and Culture of Spain (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Survey of Spanish literature from the Middle Ages through the Baroque. Relies on written tradition but will also delve into other types of cultural production (pictorial, sculptural, architectural, etc.). Also reviews current renditions (textual and filmic) of some of the texts. Strong focus on academic writing and research. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent, no grad credit
SPAN 4027 - Contemporary Literature and Culture of Spain (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The study of twentieth and twenty-first century literature and culture of Spain from the Second Republic until the present day. Strong focus on academic writing and research. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent; no grad credit
SPAN 4028 - Literature and Culture of Spain 18th to the 20th Century (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Literature and culture (art, film, music, architecture, popular culture) of the Spanish Enlightenment through the twentieth century. Texts will be studied within their historical, political and social contexts and will shed light on the author/composer/artist's ideology vis-a-vis dominant philosophical and political climates. Strong focus on academic writing and research. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent; no grad credit
SPAN 4030 - Cinema and Culture of Spain (FINE ARTS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Overview of cinema of Spain. Examines a variety of filmic genres. Spanish national identity will be the main axis of inquiry. Strong focus on academic writing and research. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent; no grad credit
SPAN 4090 - Aspects of the Hispanic World (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Sociopolitical, historical, literary, and cultural events of major importance in Latin America, Spain, or in Latino communities in the United States. Strong focus on academic writing and research. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent; no grad credit
SPAN 4095 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
Credits: 4.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Literature and/or culture of Spanish-speaking populations: Spaniards, Latin Americans, or Latinos in the United States. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better or instructor consent; no grad credit
SPAN 4091 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students devise programs of reading and research in consultation with instructor to expand upon a topic related to one studied in regular coursework. Strong focus on academic writing and research. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better, instructor consent; no grad credit
SPAN 3097 - Internship
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised international or domestic internship related to the program. pre-req: SPAN 2301 with a C or better, WRIT 31xx-Adv Writ and instructor consent
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 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.
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.
CUE 3001 - Foundations of Cultural Entrepreneurship I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This first of the two entrepreneurship courses creates an entrepreneurial experience with all of the pressures and demands of an early stage creative startup. The class is designed to give students the experience of how to "search" for business models in the culture and creative industries. Students will use design and discovery thinking, combined with ideation and customer discovery to develop a business model and also a feasibility plan for the delivery of a cultural product or service. The business model can be for a for-profit enterprise or a non-profit organization, but in either case the same feasibility criteria would apply, i.e. the solution should generate financial returns and create cultural value through the preservation and/or revitalization of culture. prereq: minimum 60 earned or in-progress credits or instructor consent
CUE 3002 - Foundations of Cultural Entrepreneurship II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This second entrepreneurship course creates an entrepreneurial experience for students with typical pressures and demands of an early stage startup. The course is about Living the Entrepreneurial Experience. It is about being in action while advancing the cultural enterprise idea from feasibility study to testing the minimum viable product. Key elements of the process involve ongoing research, conducting rapid test cycles, while engaging prospective customers, experts, stakeholders, suppliers, business partners, collaborators, and financiers. Students will develop plans to test assumptions, execute the plans and make decisions pertaining to products and services. The semester ends with a minimum viable product or service. Through action and reflection students will develop the competency to think and act entrepreneurially in order to advance the development of their cultural enterprises. prereq: minimum 60 earned or in-progress credits or instructor consent
CUE 3101 - Introduction to Design Thinking and Conceptual Competencies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course introduces students to each step of the design thinking process and design thinker's toolkit. Design thinking is an iterative problem solving process of discovery, ideation, and experimentation that employs design-based techniques to gain insight and yield innovative solutions for virtually any type of organizational or business challenge. Students will know the six conceptual competencies important for creatively solving complex real-world challenges. Students will develop skills as ethnographers, visual thinkers, strategists, and storytellers through a hybrid of seminar discussions and collaborative projects. Students will directly apply what they have learned to cases in order to untangle the complexities of markets, organizations, communities, policies and to create real impact. pre-req: minimum 30 credits or instructor consent
CUE 4002 - Managing Cultural Organizations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to play a leadership role in a cultural organization. Using case methodology students will know theories, methods, and practices for managing cultural organizations, gain the skills to participate strategically in the governance of such organizations and be able to design and assess the effectiveness of governance models, volunteer programs, organizational capacity, and inter-organizational relationships. Students will also know the legal requirements affecting cultural organizations and approaches to finance the programming and operations. prereq: minimum 60 credits or instructor consent, no grad 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
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.
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 (CDIVERSITY)
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: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
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: 30 earned or in-progress credits or instructor consent
POL 3580 - Central American Politics
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
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 and 30 earned or in-progress credits or instructor consent
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.
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 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: 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; admission to an approved study abroad program requires consent from the International Programs and Services Office
INTB 4231 - Peru's Food Revolution: The Links to Sustainability, Development and Branding (GLOBAL PER)
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 revolution in Peru. In particular, it creates a multidisciplinary study abroad experience by exploring the interconnections between food and economic development, sustainability, branding and international marketing and other aspects of economics and business. Meanwhile, students will explore first-hand how the growth in Peru's food revolution has important implications for the Peruvian economy, culture and national identity. pre-req: ECON 1022, 1023, GPA 2.5 or higher; no grad credit
SPAN 3097 - Internship
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised international or domestic internship related to the program. pre-req: SPAN 2301 with a C or better, WRIT 31xx-Adv Writ and instructor consent
SPAN 3890 - Language and Culture in Peru - Study Abroad (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 6.0 [max 6.0]
Course Equivalencies: SPAN 3890/FORS 3890
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
May term summer study abroad program in Lima, Peru. Study of Spanish language, literature, art history, and culture. Home stay with a family in Lima. Taught in Spanish. pre-req: completion of SPAN 1202 or higher and instructor consent; admission to an approved study abroad program requires consent from the Study Abroad Office
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.
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 (CDIVERSITY)
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: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
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: 30 earned or in-progress credits or instructor consent
POL 3580 - Central American Politics
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
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 and 30 earned or in-progress credits or instructor consent
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 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 - Latin 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
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.
SPAN 4091 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students devise programs of reading and research in consultation with instructor to expand upon a topic related to one studied in regular coursework. Strong focus on academic writing and research. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 2301 with C or better, instructor consent; no grad credit