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Latin American Studies (LTAM)

Director: Associate Professor Al Montero

Committee Members: Becky J. Boling, Jorge Brioso, José Cerna-Bazán, Adriana Estill, Adrienne Falcón, Andrew B. Fisher, Jerome Levi, Silvia L. López, Alfred P. Montero, Beverly Nagel, Diane Pearsall, Yansi Perez

The Latin American Studies Program provides a framework for studying the diverse societies of Latin America. With its cultural mosaic shaped by the meeting of Native American, European, African, and Asian peoples, and its profound geographic, social, and economic variations, Latin America presents rich opportunities for interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study. By drawing upon the perspectives and methodologies of several disciplines, students are challenged to pursue a deeper understanding of the cultures, institutions, and experiences of Latin Americans. The program provides a forum for examining the intersection of issues of politics, economic development, ethnicity, gender, religion, and cultural expression.

Requirements for a Major

Students complete a minimum of sixty-six credits in approved courses for the major. Majors must also demonstrate competence in Spanish by completing Spanish 205 or equivalent.

Required Courses: (The following core courses are required of all majors):

HIST 170 Modern Latin America, 1810-present

LTAM 200 Issues in Latin American Studies

LTAM 400 Integrative Exercise

In addition, majors are required to complete: Two 300-level Latin American literature courses, One 300-level History or Social Science course focused on Latin America, and 30 additional credits of electives from the list below.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the 300-level history or social science course prior to writing their integrative exercise, and to select a 300-level course in a discipline appropriate to the focus of their anticipated comps topic. Students who complete this requirement with a 300-level history course must take at least one approved social science course as an elective.

Up to 27 credits from work in approved off-campus programs may be counted as electives for the major. Students may count up to 12 credits in comparative and/or U.S. Latino courses as electives. These courses are indicated by an asterisk on the list below. No more than four courses (twenty-four credits) in any one discipline may apply to the major.

Latin American Studies Courses

LTAM 200. Issues in Latin American Studies This required course for Latin American Studies concentrators and majors explores issues pertinent to the study of Latin America, including an examination of what constitutes Latin American area studies and Latin America itself, the history of the field, the perception in and outside of academia, the way such perceptions shape public policy, the contributions of Latin America to the arts, culture, economics, and the changing nature of Latin American Studies in the face of globalization. Designed by the faculty in Latin American Studies, the course will include regular guest lectures from among these faculty. 6 cr., ND, SpringS. López

LTAM 370. Brazil Culture and Politics This course will focus in depth on political and historical patterns of Brazil's economic, social, and cultural development from colonial times to its current democracy. The Brazil case study offers a wealth of lessons concerning the contradictions and possibilities of economic, social, and cultural development in the world today. We will explore these lessons through literature, music, architecture, and the arts as they speak to the perils of the country's insertion into global capitalism and to its political history which reflects the difficulties of creating and deepening democracy and building centers of political authority in the context of growing social inequalities and industrialization. Prerequisites: Latin American Studies 200. 6 cr., ND, Not offered in 2009-2010.

LTAM 371. Brazil Research Seminar Brazil research on-site in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo during winter break. Writing and presentation of research projects during winter term. Prerequisite: Latin American Studies 370. 6 cr., ND, Not offered in 2009-2010.

LTAM 398. Latin American Forum This colloquium will explore specific issues or works in Latin American Studies through discussion of a common reading, public presentation, project, and/or performance that constitute the annual Latin American Forum. Students will be required to attend two meetings during the term to discuss the common reading or other material and must attend, without exception, ALL events of the Forum which take place during fourth week of spring term (on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning). A short integrative essay or report will be required at the end of the term. Intended as capstone for Latin American Studies concentrators. 2 cr., S/CR/NC, ND, SpringS. López

LTAM 400. Integrative Exercise Satisfactory completion of the major includes the writing of a thesis which attempts to integrate at least two of the various disciplines studied. A proposal must be submitted for approval early in the fall term of the senior year. The thesis in its final form is due no later than the end of the first week of spring term. An oral defense of the thesis is required. 6 cr., S/NC, ND, Fall,Winter,SpringJ. Cerna-Bazán, S. López


Other Courses Pertinent to Latin American Studies

ECON 240 Microeconomics of Development

HIST 169 Colonial Latin America 1492-1810

HIST 170 Modern Latin America 1810-Present

HIST 272 The Emergence of Modern Mexico (not offered in 2009-2010)

HIST 273 Go-Betweens and Rebels in the Andean World

HIST 276 The African Diaspora in Latin America

HIST 278 Religious Orthodoxy and Deviance in New Spain (not offered in 2009-2010)

MUSC 243 Music of the Caribbean (not offered in 2009-2010)

POSC 221 Latin American Politics (not offered in 2009-2010)

POSC 233 Corruption, Authoritarianism, and Democracy

POSC 322 Political Economy of Latin America*

RELG 227 Liberation Theologies (not offered in 2009-2010)

RELG 282 The World Turned Upside Down: Carnival in Cross-Cultural Perspective (not offered in 2009-2010)

RELG 284 The Virgin of Guadalupe (not offered in 2009-2010)

SOAN 234 Ecology, Economy, and Culture (not offered in 2009-2010)

SOAN 250 Ethnography of Latin America (not offered in 2009-2010)

SOAN 251 Guatemala Prog: Resource Mgmt, Community Develpmnt & Soc Change in Guatemala & Chiapas

SOAN 259 Comparative Issues in Native North America (not offered in 2009-2010)

SOAN 295 Guatemala Program: Field Methods and Individual Research Project

SOAN 302 Anthropology and Indigenous Rights

SPAN 207 Exploring Hispanic Culture (not offered in 2009-2010)

SPAN 238 Images of the Indian in Spanish American Literature (not offered in 2009-2010)

SPAN 242 Introduction to Latin American Literature

SPAN 255 Women Dramatists in Latin America: Staging Conflicts (not offered in 2009-2010)

SPAN 259 Mexico Program: Images of Mexico in Literature and Popular Culture

SPAN 260 Forces of Nature

SPAN 262 Myth and History in Central American Literature

SPAN 263 History of Human Rights

SPAN 326 Writers in Exile (not offered in 2009-2010)

SPAN 336 Genealogies of the Modern: Turn of the Century Latin America

SPAN 340 Latin American Prose: Dictatorships and Revolution in the Latin American Narrative (not offered in 2009-2010)

SPAN 344 Women Writers in Latin America: Challenging Gender and Genre (not offered in 2009-2010)

SPAN 350 Recent Trends in Latin American Narrative: Pop Culture and Testimony (not offered in 2009-2010)

SPAN 353 History and Subjectivity in Latin American Poetry

SPAN 356 The Cuban Revolution and the Revolution of Literature

SPAN 358 Topics in Hispanic Literature: The Spanish Civil War