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Introduction | Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies
Minor in Latin American Studies
Latin American Studies Courses
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PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Sandra M. Pérez-Linggi

PROGRAM OFFICE
Humanities 420A

WEBSITE
http://hss.fullerton.edu/latinamerican

PROGRAMS OFFERED
Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies
Minor in Latin American Studies

PARTICIPATING FACULTY
Ruth Capelle (Art), Isaac Cardenas (Chicana/o Studies), James Dietz (Economics), Dagoberto Fuentes (Chicana/o Studies), Ana Garza (Education), Ron Harmon (Modern Languages), Juan Carlos Gallego (Modern Languages), Joanne Gass (English), Nancy Porras Hein (Chicana/o Studies), Irene Lange (Marketing), Heather McCrea (History), Robert Voeks (Geography), Bruce Wright (Political Science), Phillipe Zacair (History)

ADVISER
Sandra M. Pérez-Linggi

INTRODUCTION
Latin America is our closest neighbor and is a developing region with vast potential. Countries range in size from the Dominican Republic to resource-rich Brazil, which is larger than the continental United States.

By pursuing a broad yet in-depth course of study, Latin American Studies students are well equipped to enter many fields and occupations as teachers in the United States or Latin America, as business people sensitive to Latin American history and culture, or as journalists, lawyers, and doctors where contact with Latin America or Latin Americans in the United States is important.

The Latin American Studies major is designed to provide an in-depth, interdisciplinary understanding of Latin America. Majors develop language proficiency in both Spanish and Portuguese and have a broad range of courses from which to choose in anthropology, art, Chicana/o studies, economics, history, geography, political science, and modern languages and literatures. The major is well-suited for: (1) students who wish to pursue careers which require residence in or knowledge of Latin America (e.g., business, journalism, government); (2) those who plan to teach Spanish and/or social sciences in the secondary schools; and (3) students who wish to pursue graduate work in Latin American studies or other disciplines where a Latin American specialization would be helpful (e.g., political science, economics, history).

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BACHELOR OF ARTS IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES
The Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies requires a minimum of 120 units, which includes courses for the major, General Education, all university requirements, and free electives.

Prior to graduation, each student must demonstrate a critical and in-depth understanding of Latin America from an interdisciplinary perspective reflected in the courses that make up the major. The student must complete either a capstone experience through one of the 400-level elective courses offered or the capstone course (once approved and offered). Students completing the capstone experience will identify and complete a project under the supervision and guidance of the instructor of the 400-level course (e.g., research paper, Power Point presentation, poster, community service project) which must have a writing component. Once the capstone project is completed, the student should submit a copy of the written portion of the project to the Program Coordinator. When offered, students may enroll in the variable topic Latin American Studies Capstone Course as an option in fulfilling the requirement.

Foundation Courses
All majors should develop a language proficiency level equivalent to Spanish 204 and Portuguese 102.
Students with no language background should take:
Spanish 101 Fundamental Spanish - A (5)
Spanish 102 Fundamental Spanish - B (5)
Spanish 203 Intermediate Spanish - A (3)
Spanish 204 Intermediate Spanish - B (3)
Portuguese 101 Fundamental Portuguese - A (4) (usually offered in the Fall)
Portuguese 102 Fundamental Portuguese - B (4) (usually offered in the Spring)

A student with knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese may be able to meet part or all of the foundation course requirements after evaluation by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

Required Fields of Study
Upper-Division Writing Requirement (3 units)
English 301 Advanced Composition (3)

Language (3 units)
Spanish 301 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3)
  OR Portuguese 317 Advanced Conversation and Composition (3)

History and Culture (9 units)
Spanish 316 Introduction to Spanish American Civilization (3)
  OR Portuguese 325 Contemporary Brazilian Civilization (3)
Latin Amer Studies 300 Topics in Latin America (3)
Three units in upper-division Latin American History (3)

Social Science (6 units) selected from two departments
Anthropology 325 Peoples of South America (3)
Anthropology 423 The Ancient Maya (3)
Anthropology 424 The Aztecs and Their Predecessors (3)
Economics 333 Economic Development: Analyses and Case Studies (3)
Economics 334 Economics of Latin America and the Caribbean (3)
Geography 333 Latin America (3)

Upper-division Latin American Political Science courses when offered

Elective Fields of Study
Twelve units selected from three or more of the following groupings chosen in consultation with the program coordinator:

Culture
Anthropology 325 Peoples of South America (3)
Anthropology 423 The Ancient Maya (3)
Anthropology 424 The Aztecs and Their Predecessors (3)
Chicana/o 302 Ancient Mexican Culture (3)
Chicana/o 303 Cultural Differences in Mexico and the Southwest (3)
Chicana/o 353 Mexico Since 1906 (3)
Comparative Religion/Chicana/o 367 Latino Spirtuality and Religion (3)
Geography 452 Ecotourism (3)*
Latin Amer Studies/Chicana/o 350 Mexican Life and Culture (3)
  (offered only as part of CSUF La Paz program.)
Portuguese 317 Advanced Conversation and Composition (3)
  OR Spanish 301 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3)
Portuguese 320 Introduction to Luso-Brazilian Culture and Civilization (3)
Portuguese 325 Contemporary Brazilian Civilization (3)
  OR Spanish 316 Introduction to Spanish-American Civilization (3)
Spanish 416 Contemporary Spanish-American Culture (3)

Fine Arts and Literature
Art 460 Pre-Columbian Art (3)
Art 462 Latin American Art from 1800 to the 1950s (3)
Art 480T Selected Topics in Art History (3)*
Chicana/o 304 Music of Mexico (3) (Same as Music 304)
Chicana/o 330 Evolution of Mexican Literature (3)
Chicana/o 333 Mexican Literature Since 1940 (3)
Chicana/o 336 Main Trends in Spanish-American Literature (3)
Spanish 440 Spanish-American Literature to Modernismo (3)
Spanish 441 Spanish-American Literature Since Modernismo (3)
Spanish 466 Spanish Phonology and Dialectology (3)
Spanish 485T Senior Seminar: Topics in Spanish-American Literature (3)

History and Politics
History 350 History of Latin American Civilization (3)
History 449 Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Latin America (3)
History 451 Colonial Period of Latin America (3)
History 452 20th-Century Brazil (3)
History 453A History of Mexico Pre-Columbian (pre-1521) through 1821 (3)
History 453B History of Mexico from Independence to Modern Day (3)
History 454 19th Century Latin America: Era of Nation Building (3)
History 455 Latin America Since 1945 (3)

Upper-division Latin American Political Science courses when offered.*

Geography and Economics
Economics 333 Economic Development: Analyses and Case Studies (3)
Economics 334 Economics of Latin America and the Caribbean (3)
Geography 333 Latin America (3)

Latin American Studies
Latin American Studies 399 Directed Studies (1-3)

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MINOR IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES
The minor in Latin American studies is designed to complement other majors for which a focus on Latin America can be beneficial (e.g., history, international business, communications, Spanish, economics and political science). Prospective secondary teachers may find this minor particularly attractive. The minor requires proficiency in either Spanish or Portuguese, as defined above for the major; 3 units of cultural history (Latin Amer Studies 300, History 350 or Spanish 316 or Portuguese 325); and 9 units of approved electives from at least two departments listed below; or from the Latin American Studies “Elective Fields of Study” list.

Anthropology 423 The Ancient Maya (3)
Anthropology 424 The Aztecs and Their Predecessors (3)
Anthropology 325 Peoples of South America (3)
Art 460 Pre-Columbian Art (3)
Art 462 Latin American Art from 1800 to the 1950s (3)
Art 480T Selected Topics in Art History (3)*
Chicana/o 302 Ancient Mexican Culture (3)
Chicana/o 303 Cultural Differences in Mexico and the Southwest (3)
Chicana/o 304 Music of Mexico (3) (Same as Music 304)
Chicana/o 330 The Evolution of Mexican Literature (3)
Chicana/o 333 Mexican Literature Since 1940 (3)
Chicana/o 336 Main Trends in Spanish-American Literature (3)
Chicana/o 340 Mexican Intellectual Thought (3)
Chicana/o 353 Mexico Since 1906 (3)
Economics 333 Economic Development: Analysis and Case Studies (3)
Economics 334 Economics of Latin America and the Caribbean (3)
Geography 333 Latin America (3)
History 451 Colonial Period of Latin America (3)
History 452 20th-Century Brazil (3)
History 453A History of Mexico Pre-Columbian (pre-1521) through 1821 (3)
History 453B History of Mexico from Independence to Modern Day (3)
History 454 19th Century Latin America: Era of Nation Building (3)
History 455 Latin America Since 1945 (3)
Upper-division Latin American Political Science courses when offered*
Portuguese 310 Portuguese in the Business World (3)
Portuguese 317 Advanced Conversation and Composition (3)
Portuguese 320 Introduction to Luso-Brazilian Culture and Civilization (3)
Portuguese 325 Contemporary Brazilian Civilization (3)
Spanish 301 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3)
Spanish 310 Spanish in the Business World (3)
Spanish 316 Introduction to Spanish-American Civilization (3)
Spanish 416 Contemporary Spanish-American Culture (3)
Spanish 440 Spanish-American Literature to Modernismo
Spanish 441 Spanish-American Literature Since Modernismo (3)
Spanish 466 Spanish Phonology and Dialectology (3)
Spanish 485T Senior Seminar: Topics in Spanish-American Literature (3)

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*Latin American focus only.

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LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES COURSES
Course are designated as LTAM in the class schedule.
LTAM 300    Topics in Latin America

Description: Prerequisite: completion of General Education Category III.C.1. An interdisciplinary examination and discussion of the history, geography, peoples, and major issues of Latin America from pre-Colonial times to the present.
Units: (3)

LTAM 350    Mexican Life and Culture

Description: Prerequisite: Completion of General Education category III.C.1. Introduction to Mexican culture and civilization. Students study contemporary Mexican society by focusing on social, political, environmental, cultural and historical issues. Course requires travel to La Paz, Baja California, Mexico and will only be offered in summer or intersession. Letter grade or credit/no credit. (Same as Chicana/o 350)
Units: (3)

LTAM 399    Directed Study

Description: Prerequisite: approval of program coordinator. Supervised individual or small group study as an elective. May be repeated for credit with different content.
Units: (1-3)

 

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