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Latin American Area Studies B.A.

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  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 31 to 34
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Objectives--To provide a basic introduction to the cultures and societies of Latin America, to provide the means essential to gain an understanding of Latin America and its diverse peoples, and to place Latin America in a comparative perspective. To meet these objectives, three of our core courses engage students in learning about the histories, contemporary events, and research resources on Latin America. In addition, all of our electives courses introduce students to a diversity of significant topics on Latin America, ranging from language proficiency, literature courses on Latin American cultures, issues of social justice, human rights, development, politics, economics, revolutions, and more. Our Senior Capstone course immerses students in gaining a deeper understanding of selected topics on Latin America with a comparative perspective in mind. Together, our courses engender greater comprehension of Latin America, language comprehension and communication skills, important analytical skills, greater inter-cultural sensitivity and empathy, and ability to conduct research and compose well-written research papers. Student Learning Objectives: 1. Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World through in-depth study in a particular field (Latin American countries, histories, and cultures) and engagement in big questions related to Latin America (e.g., economic and political transformations) 2. Intellectual and Practical Skills through development of research and analytic skills (course essays, LAAS 3201 Bibliographic Tools and Journals in LAAS; senior capstone course) 3. An Understanding of the Roles of Individuals in Society through gaining intercultural knowledge and competence (all courses) 4. Capacity for Integrative Learning through requirement of 20 electives credits in three different disciplines Student Learning Outcomes: 1. Ability to think critically and communicate effectively, through informed understandings of Latin America, on issues of historical, social, economic, and political processes affecting the region. 2. Ability to locate relevant research resources and apply them in conducting research on Latin America. 3. Ability to competently compare and contrast the different countries and regions of Latin America from the perspectives of its diverse human populations and societies. 4. Skills in understanding Latin America utilizing an inter-disciplinary perspective.
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
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the general education requirements.
Program Requirements
Students are required to take 4 semester(s) of Spanish.
Students must enroll through the LAAS coordinator. Students are encouraged to use elective credits to acquaint themselves with as many academic fields of Latin American studies as possible. Students may have up to a two-course overlap with any other major. Additional overlap must be approved by the LAAS coordinator. No grades below C- are allowed. Courses may not be taken S-N, unless offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the major to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
After enrolling in the major and when in residence, 1 credit per semester in LAAS 3100; up to 4 credits can be applied to the 20-credit elective requirement for the major. With approval of the LAAS coordinator and another faculty member, a capstone experience in a different discipline that contains primarily Latin American content may be wholly or partially substituted for LAAS 4901, but requires completion of four total credits.
HIST 1601 - Latin American History: A Basic Introduction [IP] (4.0 cr)
LAAS 3100 - Contemporary Latin America (1.0 cr)
LAAS 3201 - Bibliographical Tools and Journals in Latin American Area Studies (2.0 cr)
LAAS 4901 - Senior Capstone in Latin American Area Studies (2.0-4.0 cr)
Elective Courses
These courses must come from at least three different academic disciplines, not including LAAS. At least 4 credits of electives must be 3xxx or 4xxx level courses. Courses and directed studies not listed below may be approved by the LAAS coordinator, provided the subject matter is appropriate for the major.
Take 20 or more credit(s) from the following:
1xxx and 2xxx level electives
Take at most 16 credit(s) from the following:
· HIST 1818 - Environmental History of Latin America [IC] (2.0 cr)
· HIST 2608 - History of Cuba: From Colony to Revolutionary State [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2609 - History of Brazil: From Sugar to Sugar Cars [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· LAAS 1993 - Directed Study (1.0-5.0 cr)
· LAAS 2993 - Directed Study (1.0-5.0 cr)
· SPAN 2121 - Associated Languages: Intensive Portuguese [IP] (4.0 cr)
· 3xxx and 4xxx level electives
Take 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 3502 - Latinos in the Midwest [SS] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3601 - Social Justice and Human Rights in Latin America [IP] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3602 - Women in Latin America [IP] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3603 - Latin American Archaeology (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3604 - Gender and Sexuality in Latin America [IP] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3601 - Great Books in Latin American History [IP] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3612 - Social Revolution in 20th-Century Latin America [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3613 - U.S.-Latin American Relations in Historical Perspective [IP] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3614 - Race and Ethnicity in Latin America [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· LAAS 3993 - Directed Study (1.0-5.0 cr)
· LAAS 4993 - Directed Study (1.0-5.0 cr)
· POL 3475 - International Human Rights (4.0 cr)
· POL 3504 - Latin American Politics (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3404 - Culture and Human Development [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3601 - Social Justice and Human Rights in Latin America [IP] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3602 - Women in Latin America [IP] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3011 - Conversation, Composition, and Culture [IP] (2.0 cr)
· SPAN 3012 - Spanish Grammar in Practice [IP] (2.0 cr)
· SPAN 3111 - Readings in Spanish I [HUM] (2.0 cr)
· SPAN 3112 - Readings in Spanish II [HUM] (2.0 cr)
· SPAN 3211 - Literature and Culture of Latin America [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3212 - Literature and Culture of Spain [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3651 - Seminar: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha" [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3654 - Seminar: Sex, Love, and Marriage in Golden Age Spanish Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3681 - Seminar: Romanticism and Revolution in 19th-Century Spain [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3682 - Seminar: Realism and Reform in 19th-Century Spain [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3683 - Seminar: Modernity and Identity in Spain, 1900-1930 [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3684 - Seminar: Hispanic Film [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3685 - Seminar: Slavery and Abolition in Cuban Literature and Culture [IP] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3686 - Seminar: Writing History in Spanish American Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3687 - Seminar: Afro-Hispanic Literature and Culture [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4001 - Research Symposium [HUM] (4.0 cr)
 
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HIST 1601 - Latin American History: A Basic Introduction (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Methods, themes, and problems in the study of Latin American history.
LAAS 3100 - Contemporary Latin America
Credits: 1.0 [max 8.0]
Prerequisites: LAAS major
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Opportunity for LAAS majors to read about and discuss in historical and cultural contexts the more important contemporary developments in Latin America. [Note: to be repeated each sem a student is in residence; only 4 cr may apply to LAAS major] prereq: LAAS major
LAAS 3201 - Bibliographical Tools and Journals in Latin American Area Studies
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: LAAS major
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
For the student new to the major. Introduction to the standard bibliographical tools and journals in Latin American area studies. prereq: LAAS major
LAAS 4901 - Senior Capstone in Latin American Area Studies
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 3201, sr LAAS major, #
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
A capstone experience for LAAS majors. Individual reading and development of an original research paper in consultation with the LAAS coordinator. With approval of the LAAS coordinator and another faculty member, a capstone experience in a different discipline that contains primarily Latin American content may be wholly or partially substituted for LAAS 4901, but requires completion of four total credits. prereq: 3201, sr LAAS major, instr consent
HIST 1818 - Environmental History of Latin America (IC)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: new college student in their first semester of enrollment at UMM
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Examination of human interaction with the natural environment in Latin America and how these interactions have shaped the region's social, cultural, political, and economic history. Considers historical and contemporary environmental challenges and people's responses to them. Possible topics include: the Columbian Exchange, the Amazon, economic development, ecotourism, indigenous rights, and urbanization.
HIST 2608 - History of Cuba: From Colony to Revolutionary State (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
A survey of the history of Cuba from Spanish colonization to the present, with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics include colonization, slavery, imperialism, nationalism, and the Cuban Revolution.
HIST 2609 - History of Brazil: From Sugar to Sugar Cars (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Examination of Brazilian history from Portuguese colonization in the early 1500s to its current status as a growing world economic power. Topics include Portuguese colonial rule, independence and the creation of the Brazilian Empire in the nineteenth century, the end of the Brazilian monarchy and the emergence of the oligarchic republic, the rise of the populist state in the mid-twentieth century, military dictatorship during the Cold War, and the return to democracy and Brazil's rise to world-power status. Additional topics include the Amazon and environmental history, indigenous history, Afro-Brazilian history, the U.S.-Brazilian relationship from a historical perspective, Brazilian economic development, how Brazilians are coping with the socioeconomic changes in their society, and how they perceive their role in the world.
LAAS 1993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.
LAAS 2993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.
SPAN 2121 - Associated Languages: Intensive Portuguese (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Intensive, accelerated study of the basic skills of Brazilian Portuguese (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) with emphasis on oral competency. prereq: 2002 or Fren 2002 or instr consent
ANTH 3502 - Latinos in the Midwest (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Explore the history and experiences of Latinos in the Midwest United States. Starting from a historical perspective, the course examines issues including (im)migration, undocumented status, language, religion, race/ethnicity, media, and economy. A comparative framework emphasizes the unique context of migration into (rather than out of) rural communities as well as those far from a national border. Given the context of the local Morris community, the focus is particularly on rural Latino experiences.
ANTH 3601 - Social Justice and Human Rights in Latin America (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01270 - Anth 3601/Soc 3601
Typically offered: Every Fall
Same as Soc 3601. Examination of social, economic, and political transformations in Latin America with an emphasis on social justice and human rights. Critical approaches to understand U.S.-Latin American relations, labor struggles, rebellions to define alternative development, indigenous resistance to encroachment on resources and ways of life, civil war and genocide, and efforts to create a more environmentally and socially sustainable development. prereq: 1111 or Soc 1101 or instr consent
ANTH 3602 - Women in Latin America (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01271 - Anth 3602/Soc 3602
Typically offered: Every Spring
Same as Soc 3602. Study of the social, economic, and political positions of women in Latin American countries. Topics include class and ethnic differences, women in the labor force, and women's participation in political movements through the lens of feminist theory. prereq: 1111 or Soc 1101 or instr consent
ANTH 3603 - Latin American Archaeology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1111 or 2103
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Latin America from the earliest human colonization to European contact. Includes societies from northern Mexico through Tierra del Fuego, as well as the Caribbean. Covers early hunting gathering societies, origins of agriculture, the rise of powerful states and empires, and their influence on later Colonial-period societies. prereq: 1111 or 2103
ANTH 3604 - Gender and Sexuality in Latin America (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
A survey of gender and sexuality in contemporary Latin America. Course readings attend to the ways gender and sexuality intersect with factors such as race, ethnicity, social class, and religion. Topics include women's activism, public health, LGBTQ activism, tourism, and globalized labor.
HIST 3601 - Great Books in Latin American History (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
A look at Latin American history through great books.
HIST 3612 - Social Revolution in 20th-Century Latin America (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Examination of social revolution in 20th-century Latin America. Particular attention paid to social revolution in Mexico, Bolivia, Cuba, and Nicaragua. Populism, democratic attempts at social revolution, and counterrevolution in other parts of Latin America also considered. Key issues include imperialism, capitalism, communism, nationalism, and the Cold War.
HIST 3613 - U.S.-Latin American Relations in Historical Perspective (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examination of the history of U.S.-Latin American relations from U.S independence to the present. Focuses on the political, economic, social, and cultural relationships between the two.
HIST 3614 - Race and Ethnicity in Latin America (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Explore issues of race and ethnicity in Latin America from a historical perspective. Covering the colonial and national periods, examine how ideas of race and ethnicity have intersected with political, economic, and socio-cultural developments in the region. Consider the ways in which race, class, and gender have intersected in Latin America.
LAAS 3993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.
LAAS 4993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.
POL 3475 - International Human Rights
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1401 or #
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Explores the historical and philosophical development of concepts of human rights and the contemporary international political and legal frameworks to address rights. Analyzes contemporary concerns about political, economic, and social rights, as well as specific human rights topics like human trafficking and war crimes. Compares American, European, Asian, and Developing World conceptions and critiques of human rights. prereq: 1401 or instr consent
POL 3504 - Latin American Politics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1401 or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
A comparative examination of central issues in and components of Latin American political life, with a particular focus on economic development, political development of democratic regimes, political violence and human rights, and the region's role in the world. Countries analyzed may include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, and Cuba. prereq: 1401 or instr consent
PSY 3404 - Culture and Human Development (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Examination of the role of culture in human development through current research and examples from around the world. Learn about similarities and cultural differences in human development, and the regularities that explain these variations. Topics include the concept of culture in developmental psychology, diversity in child rearing practices, enculturation, gender roles, schooling, development in multicultural contexts, and the influence of technology and cultural change on development. Students learn to think culturally about their own development and see how it applies to their future careers. prereq: 1051
SOC 3601 - Social Justice and Human Rights in Latin America (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01270 - Anth 3601/Soc 3601
Typically offered: Every Fall
Same as Anth 3601. Examination of social, economic, and political transformations in Latin America with an emphasis on social justice and human rights. Critical approaches to understand U.S.-Latin American relations, labor struggles, rebellions to define alternative development, indigenous resistance to encroachment on resources and ways of life, civil war and genocide, and efforts to create a more environmental and socially sustainable development. prereq: 1101 or Anth 1111 or instr consent
SOC 3602 - Women in Latin America (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01271 - Anth 3602/Soc 3602
Typically offered: Every Spring
Same as Anth 3602. Study of the social, economic, and political positions of women in Latin American countries. Topics include class and ethnic differences, women in the labor force, and women's participation in political movements through the lens of feminist theory. prereq: 1101 or Anth 1111 or instr consent
SPAN 3011 - Conversation, Composition, and Culture (IP)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Practice in effective oral and written communication in Spanish for advanced students, with an emphasis on the diversity of contemporary Hispanic cultures and a review of basic grammatical concepts. prereq: 2002 or instr consent
SPAN 3012 - Spanish Grammar in Practice (IP)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
A review of advanced Spanish grammar, with emphasis on areas of concern and challenge for the non-native speaker, and on strengthening academic writing skills in Spanish. prereq: 3011 or instr consent
SPAN 3111 - Readings in Spanish I (HUM)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to representative works of contemporary Hispanic literature from diverse genres and cultural contexts, with emphasis on strategies for comprehension and interpretation. prereq: 3011 or instr consent
SPAN 3112 - Readings in Spanish II (HUM)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Further examination of representative works of Hispanic literature from diverse genres, time periods, and cultural contexts, with emphasis on literary concepts and terminology, analysis, research and writing practices, and interpretation. prereq: 3012, 3111 or instr consent
SPAN 3211 - Literature and Culture of Latin America (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 3012, 3112, or #
Typically offered: Every Fall
Study of important exemplary works of Latin American literary and cultural production through major historical periods. Texts are examined in light of multiple contexts, such as artistic, political, historical, and philosophical. prereq: 3012, 3112, or instr consent
SPAN 3212 - Literature and Culture of Spain (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 3012, 3112, or #
Typically offered: Every Spring
Study of important exemplary works of Spanish (peninsular) literary and cultural production through major historical periods. Texts are examined in light of multiple contexts, such as artistic, political, historical, and philosophical. prereq: 3012, 3112, or instr consent
SPAN 3651 - Seminar: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha" (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's novel "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha" in light of its socio-historical context. prereq: 3012, 3112 or instr consent
SPAN 3654 - Seminar: Sex, Love, and Marriage in Golden Age Spanish Literature (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
The theme of sex, love, and marriage in Golden Age Spanish Literature through prose, poetry, and theatre of the Golden Age (XVI-XVII centuries) Spain. Consideration of the gender relations and gender politics reflected in the works and the socio-historical context in which these works were produced. prereq: 3012, 3112 or instr consent
SPAN 3681 - Seminar: Romanticism and Revolution in 19th-Century Spain (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of representative texts (prose and poetry) from the first half of the 19th century in Spain, with emphasis on the expression of the Romantic vision within the particular political context of the period, marked by tensions between liberal reform and traditional conservatism. prereq: 3012, 3112 or instr consent
SPAN 3682 - Seminar: Realism and Reform in 19th-Century Spain (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of representative texts (novels, stories, and essays) from the second half of the 19th century in Spain, with emphasis on the rise of realism as an exploration of the socio-political reality of the era and the need for reform. The focus is on general trends in Western cultures (e.g., industrialization, positivism, secularization). prereq: 3012, 3112 or instr consent
SPAN 3683 - Seminar: Modernity and Identity in Spain, 1900-1930 (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of representative texts (prose and poetry) from the early decades of the 20th century in Spain with particular emphasis on their responses to changes brought by modernity: advancing technology, modern psychology, political experimentation, spiritual exploration, and artistic innovation. prereq: 3012, 3112, or instr consent
SPAN 3684 - Seminar: Hispanic Film (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 3012, 3112 or #
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
View, study, and discuss relevant Hispanic films from Spain, Latin America, and the U.S.A. Consider films' cinematic techniques and their specific socio-cultural and socio-political contexts. prereq: 3012, 3112 or instr consent
SPAN 3685 - Seminar: Slavery and Abolition in Cuban Literature and Culture (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
A study of the major texts surrounding Cuban slavery from the 1812 Aponte slave rebellion to independence from Spain in 1898. How did 19th-century writers depict Cuban slave society? What was the relationship between literature, abolition, and independence? prereq: 3012, 3112, or instr consent
SPAN 3686 - Seminar: Writing History in Spanish American Literature (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
A study of 20th- and 21st-century Latin American historical novels and the colonial and 19th-century texts on which they are based. How and why is the past mobilized to meet the needs of the present? How do historical events continue to haunt the present day? prereq: 3011, 3012, or instr consent
SPAN 3687 - Seminar: Afro-Hispanic Literature and Culture (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
An overview of the literature and culture of peoples of African descent in Spanish America from the colonial period to present day. How have Afro-Hispanics been marginalized from national projects in Spanish America? To what extent and under what circumstances has the group been included? How have Afro-Hispanic writers responded to larger culture? prereq: 3011, 3012, or instr consent
SPAN 4001 - Research Symposium (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
A capstone experience for majors, consisting of an introduction to research methods and critical approaches to literature, as well as development of an independent research project and presentation. Spanish majors are required to complete a minimum of 16 of the 20 required credits at the 32xx and 36xx levels prior to registering for Span 4001. It is recommended to have all 20 of these credits completed prior to taking Span 4001. prereq: instr consent