Academic Catalog

2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Latin American Studies Concentration

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Degree Type Offered: Concentration

Consists of 12 credit hours distributed as follows:

 

SPAN-345 Latin American Culture and Civilization

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

The historical development of Spanish-speaking and Latin America including consideration of geography as well as political, social, economic, intellectual, and artistic factors. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN-202 or permission of instructor

SPAN-402 Latin American Literature

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Representative authors, works, and literary movements of Latin America, including social and historical background. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and SPAN 202 or permission of instructor FILA general education: literature

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SPAN-350 Special Topics in Culture

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Study of specific topics related to the Hispanic language, culture and civilization. Recent topics include, Hispanics in the U.S. Regional Studies, etc. May be taken more than once provided different topics are covered. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN-202 or permission of instructor

SPAN-305 Culture of Costa Rica

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

Travel course requiring immersion homestay and language courses in the capital city. Covers themes of Central American life and cultures. Includes excursions out of the city to gain a greater awareness of the whole society within the regional context. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: world cultures

SPAN-306 Culture of Mexico

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

Travel course designed as a total immersion cultural experience. Classes in language, conversation and culture taken at a Mexican university in Cuernavaca. Students live with families. Includes weekend excursions and visits to museums. Taught in Spanish.

Study Abroad in Latin America course

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Latin American Studies course (advisor approved)

Additional Spanish Literature or Culture course

PSCI-310 Latin American Politics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Comparative analysis of contemporary Latin American politics and governments. Considers political and economic themes, noting especially the challenges of democracy, development and inequality. Examines the region's relationship with the rest of the world, including the United States. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: world cultures

HIST-120 The Pacific World

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Examines the history of the Pacific Ocean world from around 1500 to the present. While surveying the histories of key societies in the Asia-Pacific region, the course also examines the intricate connections in this diverse world. Major themes include cultural encounters, trade, migration, empires, and conflicts. Corequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: history

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HIST-125 The Atlantic World, 1450-1800

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Examines the rise and fall of an Atlantic World system that tied Europe, Africa and the Americas into a web of cultural, political and economic interdependence. Major themes include different models of New World exploration, colonization by European colonial powers, missionary activities and religious migrations, the ramifications of New World slavery, encounters and conflicts between native and colonial peoples, and the development of nation states in the Western Hemisphere. Corequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: history

SOC-361 Development and Underdevelopment in the Modern World

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Dilemmas, tensions, and theoretical and policy issues related to the position of Third World countries in the modern world. Questions of urbanization, industrialization, modernization, westernization, and distribution of economic resources are discussed. Various theories of development and underdevelopment are critically examined. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and SOC-101 FILA general education: global dynamics