Latin American Studies, B.A.
Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
The following goals and learning outcomes apply to students pursuing a B.A. in Latin American Studies:
- Write about Latin America’s geography, peoples, history, cultures, economies, societies, and institutions from an interdisciplinary perspective.
- Demonstrate appropriate use of sentence structure, content, organization, and purpose as is particularly relevant to argumentative writing in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
- Demonstrate the ability to access written and electronic information about Latin America in different disciplines and follow appropriate formats in documenting resources.
- Gain the skills necessary to formulate arguments and demonstrate their validity through research-based essay papers and oral presentations following methodologies in the humanities and social sciences.
- Acquire and demonstrate foundational knowledge in Anthropology, Art, Chicana/o Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Portuguese, or Spanish, as it pertains to Latin America and in accordance with the academic path followed in obtaining the B.A.
Identify ideologies presented in various texts
- Read resources from different historical moments, languages, and power structures in order to demonstrate an understanding of biases inherent in a text’s contents and how those ideologies have influenced Latin America’s economic and political dependence as well as its social institutions and cultural accomplishments.
- Develop and demonstrate in a variety of situations, and for diverse audiences, oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish or Portuguese.
- Demonstrate through writing assignments an understanding of the varying structures of English, Spanish and Portuguese in order to maximize understanding of authentic texts and access a multilingual and multicultural understanding appropriate to the interdisciplinary nature of the major.
Latin America in a Global Context
- Identify regional trends in Latin America which have marked its colonial past, economic dependency, political corruption, and social inequality in order to understand its modern needs.
- Understand and interpret Latin America’s cultural contributions as a diverse, multilingual, ethnically diverse world region with significant influences from Amerindian, European, African and Asian peoples.
Students under the 2005 catalog and beyond will be assessed through the Capstone Experience Requirement which mandates a writing component
(See the current catalog for more information)