Latin American Studies Minor

Westfield State UniversityDepartment of World Language Studies Faculty

Latin AmericaN and Caribbean Studies Minor

Consisting of 18 credits, this minor is designed to incorporate perspectives from a wide range of disciplines such as literature, history, women’s studies, geography, politics and sociology.  Accordingly, students will take two courses from each of three categories as follows: literature, language and the fine arts; history and culture; and the social sciences.  The category in which LAMS 301, Seminar in Latin American Studies, is counted will depend on its topic in a given semester.  Additional courses may also be used to fulfill the requirement in a category with approval of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies advisor.

 

Proficiency of the Spanish, French or Portuguese language should be an important goal for those intending to work or to pursue advanced study in an area related to Latin America.  For the purpose of this minor students are required, prior to the beginning of the senior year, to attain intermediate-level competency in Spanish, French or Portuguese as judged by successful completion of the fourth semester language study or equivalent experience.   

For Advising Please see Professor Brian Conz (bconz@wsc.ma.edu) or Professor Gabriel Aquino (gaquino@wsc.ma.edu) more information about the minor can be found in http://www.wsc.ma.edu/sociology/LAS/. 

 

Current Courses approved for the minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies by categories as follows:

 

Literature, Language and the Fine Arts (6 credits)

EGST 0301: Seminar: Post-Colonial Studies

LLIT 0201: Women Writers of the Americas (When topic is appropriate)

LLIT 0310: Seminar in Hispanic Studies (When topic is appropriate)

LFRE 0205: Speaking and Writing-Intermediate Level

LFRE 0305: Speaking and Writing-Advanced Level

LSPA 0204: Latin American Cultural Studies

LSPA 0215: Speaking and Writing Spanish: Intermediate Level

LSPA 0307: Introduction to Latin American Literature

LSPA 0308: Latin American Literature II

LSPA 0309: Contemporary Latin American Literature

LSPA 0315: Speaking and Writing Spanish: Advanced Level

LSPA 0340: Special Topics in Spanish (When topic is appropriate)

LSPA 0210: Topics in Hispanic Studies (When topic is appropriate)

LSPA 0220: Spanish Language Press (When topic is appropriate)

LSPA 0340: Special Topics in Spanish (When topic is appropriate)

 

History and Culture (6 credits)

HIST 0276: Latin America to 1800

HIST 0277: Latin America since 1800

HIST 0290: Problems in World History - Drugs in Latin America

HIST 0373: Modern Latin America

HIST 0375: U.S.-Latin American Relations since 1898

HIST xxx: Women in Latin American History

HIST xxx: Latin American Revolutions

LCUL 0201: Women in the Hispanic World (When topic is appropriate)

LCUL 0210: Envisioning the Americas

LSPA 0204: Latin American Cultural Studies

LSPA 0210: Topics in Hispanic Studies (When topic is appropriate)

LSPA 0220: Spanish Language Press (When topic is appropriate)

LSPA 0325: Popular Culture in the Spanish Speaking World

LSPA 0340: Special Topics in Spanish (When topic is appropriate)

 

Social Sciences (6 Credits)

CRJU 0343: Crime and Culture (Special Topics)

GARP 02xx: Political Ecology

GARP 03xx: Regional Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean

GARP 02xx: Cities of the Global South

MGMT 0338: International Business

SOCI 0331: Special Topics in Sociology (When topic is appropriate)

SOCI 0332: Special Topics in Sociology (When topic is appropriate)

SOCI 0333: Special Topics in Sociology (When topic is appropriate)

SOCI 0334: Special Topics in Sociology (When topic is appropriate)

POLS 0323: Selected Topics in Political Science (When topic is appropriate)

 

Note: Classes in bold must still pass through Curriculum Committee

 

Courses

 

LAMS 0301 Seminar in Latin American Studies (3)

Readings about and discussions of issues, figures, movements, or perspectives on Latin America, to accompany independent research by the student.  Topics which integrate various forms of study about Spanish, Portuguese, and French-speaking peoples of the hemisphere will be emphasized.  Prerequisite: introductory work in Latin American-related courses or equivalent or approval of the instructor.

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