Latin American Studies Major, BA

(NYC)

Latin American Studies (LAS) is an interdisciplinary program of course offerings from eight liberal arts and social science departments. Its purpose is the development of versatile bilingual professionals and area specialists who are equipped to meet the challenges of globalization, including a complex economy for which specialization in a single, technical field is insufficient. To complete this 36-credit major, students select courses from various subject areas: Language Proficiency, History, Literature, Culture, Economy, and Society.

Note: Students wishing to double major may share a maximum of credits in a second Dyson BA major as follows: Modern Languages & Cultures (21); Language, Culture & World Trade (21); History (15); Economics (6).

University Core – (44-55)

Latin American Studies Major – (36)

Required Major Courses: (6 credits)

LAS 101The Other "America": Introduction to Latin American Studies

6 credits

Major Electives: (30 credits)

Language Proficiency (6 credits)

Prerequisite: SPA 101 and SPA 102 or equivalent.

Two 3-credit courses:

SPA 263Spanish for Native Speakers

3 credits

SPA 280Intensive Review of Spanish

3 credits

SPA 283Intermediate Spanish Conversation

3 credits

SPA 284Intermediate Spanish Composition

3 credits

History (6 credits)

Two 3-credit courses or one 6-credit course:

HIS 133Latin America: The Colonial Era

3 credits

HIS 134Modern Latin America

3 credits

HIS 231Latin America: Century of Social Change and Revolution

3 credits

HIS 234South American Colossus: The History of Modern Brazil

3 credits

HIS 243Service and Study in Latin America

3 credits

LAS 201Latin America: The Caribbean and the World

6 credits

LAS 210Luz, Camara, Accion! : Film as Mirror of Social Change in Latin American History and Culture

6 credits

LAS 230"So Far from God; So Close to Uncle Sam:" Modern Mexico in History and Literature

6 credits

LAS 250History and Environmental Policy: The Case of the South American Rain Forest

3 credits

Literature (6 credits)

Two 3-credit courses or one 6-credit course:

LAS 150Modern Latin American Divas: Female Political, Social and Cultural Leadership in the Republican Era

6 credits

LAS 220Caribbean Transnational Cultures: The History, Literature and Film of the Spanish Caribbean

6 credits

LIT 211JAmerican Voices

3 credits

POR 154ATopic: Contemporary Brazilian Literature and Culture

3 credits

SPA 154RTopic: Borders of Latino/a Identity: An Introduction to Latino/a Literature and Culture of the US

3 credits

SPA 154SPerspectives on America: The Experience of Latina Writers

3 credits

SPA 319Masterpieces of Spanish-American Literature I

3 credits

SPA 320Masterpieces of Spanish American Literature II: Dictatorships

3 credits

SPA 321Literature and Culture of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean

3 credits

SPA 323Modern Latin American Prose

3 credits

SPA 344The Short Story and Essay in Spanish America

3 credits

SPA 346Hispanic Literature and Culture in the United States

3 credits

SPA 480CSeminar: Love and Repression in Modern Latin American and Caribbean Lit & Film

3 credits

SPA 480DMagical Realism in Latin American Literature and Cinema

3 credits

SPA 480FTopic: Latin American Literature and Film of the 21st Century: The Andean World

3 credits

Culture (3 credits)

One 3-credit course:

ANT 296HTraditional and Modern Cultures of Latin America

3 credits

ANT 296KTopic: Latino Families in Cross Cultural Perspectives

3 credits

ART 214Art History: Modern Art

3 credits

SPA 154NHispanic Cultural Experience in New York City

3 credits

SPA 154QNegotiating Borders: Latino Film of the United States

3 credits

SPA 154VLatin American Cinema

3 credits

SPA 311Introduction to Latin American Culture

3 credits

SPA 345Latin American Theatre

3 credits

SPA 347The Culture of Mexico

3 credits

Society, the Economy, and Civic Engagement (6 credits)

Two 3-credit courses or one 6-credit course:

ANT 296KTopic: Latino Families in Cross Cultural Perspectives

3 credits

ECO 359Political Economy of Developing Nations

3 credits

HIS 243Service and Study in Latin America

3 credits

LAS 201Latin America: The Caribbean and the World

6 credits

LAS 250History and Environmental Policy: The Case of the South American Rain Forest

3 credits

LAS 296ALatin Immigration to the USA: Perspectives on the United States’ Largest Ethnic Minority

3 credits

PSY 296GTopics: Under the Radar- Seldom-Talked-About Addictions

3 credits

One Additional Elective (3)

Any 3-credit course not already taken from above groups.

Open Electives – (37-48)

May include one or two highly recommended Political Science courses: POL 101 and/or 102.

Total Credit Hours: 128

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