Latin American Studies (LTAM)
Director: Associate Professor Al Montero
Committee Members: Becky J. Boling, Jorge Brioso, JosÃ© Cerna-BazÃ¡n, Adriana Estill, Adrienne FalcÃ³n, Andrew B. Fisher, Jerome Levi, Silvia L. LÃ³pez, 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. LÃ³pez
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 SÃ£o 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. LÃ³pez
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-BazÃ¡n, S. LÃ³pez
Other Courses Pertinent to Latin American Studies