Concentration in Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies

The concentration in Latin American Studies is designed to help students develop an interdisciplinary understanding of culture, history, politics and contemporary issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. The concentration is designed to present a broad regional approach to Latin America and to provide the student with a general knowledge and sympathetic understanding of the people and problems of this important area of the world. Latin American Studies is a flexible concentration that allows students to explore a wide range of subjects of particular interest. This flexibility allows the possibility of combining Latin American Studies with other Honors College concentrations such as History, Political Science, Anthropology, Spanish Language, International Studies, or Environmental Studies.

The Latin American Studies concentration presents numerous opportunities after graduation. The interdisciplinary nature of the program prepares the student for further study in any number of academic fields at the graduate level. Students who take upper division courses in Spanish to fulfil the elective requirements of the concentration should be well prepared to enter graduate programs in Language and Literature. Students who complete their language requirements and focus their electives in Political Science, History, Anthropology, or Latin American Studies should be prepared to enter graduate programs in those disciplines. The Latin American Studies concentration also provides valuable preparation for careers in diplomatic service, international organizations, education, banking, foreign missions, business, and consulting.

Available Options: Concentration in Latin American Studies (students who complete the requirements of the Honors College Latin American Studies concentration will also receive a Caribbean and Latin American Studies Certificate Program from FAU); Minor in Spanish.

 

Advisory Board:

Dr. Carmen Cañete Quesada
Dr. Tim Steigenga
Dr. Rachel Corr
Dr. Miguel Vazquez

CONCENTRATION IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

Course # Course Name Credits
SPN 1120 Honors Beginning Spanish Language and Culture I 4
SPN 1121 Honors Beginning Spanish Language and Culture II 4
SPN 2220 Honors Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture I 4
SPN 2221 Honors Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture II 4
  Honors Introductory courses in Latin American Studies 1-3
  Honors courses in Latin American Politics 3
  Honors courses in Culture and Society of Latin America 3
  Electives in Latin American Studies 12
IDS 4970 Honors Thesis 6
  Total Credits 41-43

Study Abroad: Students who wish to concentrate in Latin American Studies must spend at least one summer or semester studying abroad in Latin America. Study abroad courses may be used to fulfill the language, core or elective requirements of the Latin American Studies concentration (if approved by the advisory board). Language: Students may satisfy the language requirements by demonstrating proficiency equivalent to SPN 2221 by taking the CLEP exams, by completing a more advanced course, or by some other means acceptable to the Advisory Board.

 

INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

Concentrators must take one of the courses listed below.

Course #   Course Name Credits
IDS 3932   Honors History, Politics, Civilization 
and Culture in Latin America or any team taught course with an appropriate Latin American content
1-3
SPT 2530   Honors Hispanic Culture and Civilization 3
LAS 2000   Intro to Latin American Studies 3

 

POLITICS OF LATIN AMERICA 
Concentrators must take one of the courses listed below.

Course #   Course Name Credits
CPO 4305   Honors Religion and Politics in Latin America 3
CPO 4303   Honors Latin American Politics 3
INR 3248   Honors Exporting Democracy: 
U.S. Policy Toward Latin America
3


CULTURE AND SOCIETY OF LATIN AMERICA 

Concentrators must take one of the courses listed below.

Course #   Course Name Credits
ANT 3332   Honors Peoples of Latin America 3
ANT 4331   Honors Anthropology of the Andes 3
ANT 3404   Honors How Cultures Remember 3

 

LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES ELECTIVES

Students must complete four elective courses with substantial content in Latin America or the Caribbean. These courses must be drawn from at least two different disciplines. The following courses may be used to fulfill the elective requirement. Courses used for other concentration requirements cannott be used as electives. Students are reminded they need 45 upper-level (3000 or 4000-level) credits to graduate.(at least 2 of the 4 electives has to be taken at the Honors College)

Course #   Course Name Credits
SPN 3400   Honors Advanced 
Spanish Language and Culture 1
4
SPT 4550   Honors the 1959 Cuban Revolution: Race Gender and Sexuality 3
SPW 3030   Honors Introduction to Hispanic Literature 3
SPW 3136   Honors Latin American Literature: Pre-Colombian and Colonial 3
SPW 3134   Honors Latin American Literature: 
Modernism to Post-Boom
3
SPW 4930   Honors Special Topics 
in Spanish or Latin American Literature
3
SPW 4492   Honors Nov sima Literatura del Caribe 3
CPO 4305   Honors Religion and Politics in Latin America 3
CPO 4303   Honors Latin American Politics 3
INR 3248   Honors Exporting Democracy: 
U.S. Policy Toward Latin America
3
ANT 3332   Honors Peoples of Latin America 3
ANT 4331   Honors Anthropology of the Andes 3
SPT 4550   Honors The 1959 Cuban Revolution 3
WOH 4272   Revolution and the Resistance in the Atlantic World 3
HIS 4435   Religion in the Atlantic World 3
HIS 4437   Magic and Superstition in the Atlantic World 3
HIS 4451   Slavery and Abolition in the Americas 3
LAH 3133   Latin American Independence 3
LAH 3721   Women in Latin American History 3
LAH 4131   Indians in Latin American History 3
LAH 4430   History of Mexico 3
ANT 3163   The Maya and Their Neighbors 3
GEA 4405   Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean  

Honors Thesis: Concentrators will write an honors thesis in Latin American studies during their senior year (6 credits).

A Caribbean and Latin American Studies Certificate Program is available through FAU.