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Requirements and Courses

The Latin American, Latinx and the Caribbean Studies Requirements:

Students can choose between 2 Concentrations Tracks, LALC or LALC/Social Justice

Both tracks require the completion of the language requirement (see details below) + 6 additional courses as follows:

LALC Track

  • One Gateway course (LALC 101 Intro to The Latin American, Latinx and the Caribbean Studies, HIST 126 Colonial Latin America, HIST 127 Modern Latin America, HIST 128 Latino History, ANTH 266 Culture & Politics in Latin America, POLS 251 Latin American Politics, POLS 200 US and Latin America, or a course with a broad focus on Latin America approved by the LALC Director).
  • Completion of five additional The Latin American, Latinx and the Caribbean Studies courses, with no more than two per discipline, at least one of which must be in History.*

LALC/SJ Track

  • One Gateway course (LALC 101 Intro to The Latin American, Latinx and the Caribbean Studies, HIST 126 Colonial Latin America, HIST 127 Modern Latin America, HIST 128 Latino History, ANTH 266 Culture & Politics in Latin America, POLS 251 Latin American Politics, POLS 200 US and Latin America, or a course with a broad focus on Latin America approved by the LALC Director).
  • Completion of five additional The Latin American, Latinx and the Caribbean Studies courses, with no more than two per discipline, at least one of which must be in History.*
  • Among the remaining 4 courses (since the 5th must be in History), students pursuing this track must complete one LALC course with a Social Justice focus; one Academic Internship in Worcester or Washington DC dealing with Latinx population or Latin American issues, (CBL and other experiential learning experiences may be considered as alternatives for the AI), and one CIS Senior Seminar on Social Justice. This latter course must be taken in the second semester of the student's Senior year.

*In the case of courses taken in the Spanish Department, THREE MAY be accepted if, and only if, one deals with art content, specifically SPAN 312, SPAN 420 and SPAN 399 (Creative Writing in Spanish)
Note: Up to three courses in Study Abroad programs in Latin America can be approved for Concentration credit.  Only two courses with The Latin American, Latinx and the Caribbean Studies topics can be applied to the Concentration for students studying abroad in Spain.

ON THE LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT:

This requirement can be fulfilled by SPAN 202 or FREN 202. The language requirement does not count towards the multidisciplinary courses mentioned above, but language courses above the 202 level can be counted as fulfilling regular concentration requirements. Students proficient in Latin American languages can demonstrate the completion of the language requirement by taken higher than 202 level language courses or, in the case of Latin American languages not taught in the College, by seeking a proficiency test from faculty competent in that language.

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Fall 18 The Latin American, Latinx and the Caribbean Studies Courses

S'18 The Latin American, Latinx and the Caribbean Studies Courses

The Latin American, Latinx and the Caribbean Studies Major

The Latin American, Latinx and the Caribbean Studies Major is one of the Student Designed Programs of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.  The Major requirements are intended to encourage both breath and depth of the study of Latin Americans and Latinx in a variety of disciplines.

Guidelines in Designing a LALC Major

Requirements of the major:

- Demonstrated language skills at 301 level (or a Latin American language native speaker skills). Students may include up to two language courses ABOVE the 301 level toward the major.*

- A minimum of 10 courses as follows:

  • One gateway course: History 126, History 127, History 128, Anthropology 266, Political Science 251, Spanish 304 or an approved course with a broad focus on Latin America.
  • Four different courses from four different disciplines or programs (including LALC) at the 200 level, one must be in HIST
  • Three advanced courses that focus on research and writing. These courses will vary by semester; some examples are: Anth 373: Culture and Human Rights, Educ 340: Multicultural Education, Hist 352: Rebels and Radical Thinkers, Hist 401: Popular Culture in Latin America, Hist 401: Afro-Latin American Religions, and Pols 326: Citizenship/Contemporary Latin America

LALC Courses that Fulfill Major Requirement (“Three advanced courses that focus on research and writing”)

ANTH 266 Culture and Politics of Latin America

EDUC 340 Multicultural Education

ECON 205 Economics of Development*

ECON 330 International Finance Econ 330*

SOCL 213 Race, Crime, and Justice

SOCL 299 Social movements and Social Change (course number will change when taught 2nd time)

ENGL 399 LatinX Literature (course number will change when taught 2nd time)

ENGL 399 Confrontations with Christianity (course number will change when taught 2nd time)

POLS 251: Latin American Politics

POLS 273 Race and Politics in the Americas

CISS 299 The United States and Latin America (will acquire a POLS designation when taught second time)

CISS 299 Latinx Politics (previously called Latino Political Identity; will acquire a POLS designation when taught second time)

CISS 399 Comparative Black Movements (will acquire a POLS designation when taught second time)

SPAN 305 Introduction to Textual Analysis

SPAN 407 Topics in Spanish and Spanish American Modern Poetry

SPAN 409 Topics in Colonial Spanish American Literature

SPAN 410 Topics: Literature of Exile, Immigration & Ethnicity

SPAN 420 Topics in Latin American Film

SPAN 450 Latinidades in Literature and Pop Culture

SPAN 366 Creative Writing in Spanish

RELS 290 Teologia Andina

RELS 299 Un tal Jesus (course number will change when taught 2nd time)

 

*These courses will be approved as fulfilling a LALC requirement only when students focus course assignments on LALC-related topics. Approval by the director, who will consult with instructor, is necessary.

Please note that course may fulfill more than one requirement, for instance, ANTH 266, POLS 251, CISS 299 (US and Latin America), for instance, may fulfill the Gateway requirement, may count as one of the 4 courses from 4 different departments at a 200 level, and the research and writing intensive requirement.

* In the case of courses taken in the Spanish Department, THREE MAY be accepted if, and only if, one deals with art content, specifically SPAN 312, SPAN 420 and SPAN 399 (Creative Writing in Spanish)