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Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies requires a minimum of 120 units, which includes courses for the major, General Education, all University requirements, and free electives.

 

Minor in Latin American Studies is designed to complement other majors for which a focus on Latin American can be beneficial. The minor requires proficiency in either Spanish or Portuguese, as defined below for the major; 3 units of cultural history, 12 units of approved electives from at least three departments listed below.

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Foundation Courses

All majors should develop a language proficiency level equivalent to Spanish 204 and Portuguese 102. Students with no language background should take:

 

bullet FLSP 101    Fundamental Spanish-A   
Description: Development of listening and reading comprehension, speaking, writing, and cultural awareness to communicate on a basic level. Included is an introduction to customs, culture, and civilization of Spanish-speaking countries. Conducted primarily in Spanish.
Units: (5)
 
bullet FLSP 102    Fundamental Spanish-B  
Description: Prerequisite: Spanish 101 or equivalent. Continued development
of listening and reading comprehension, speaking, writing, and cultural awareness to communicate on a basic level. Included is an introduction to customs, culture, and civilization of Spanish-speaking countries. Conducted primarily in Spanish.
Units: (5)
 
bullet FLSP 203    Intermediate Spanish-A  
Description: Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or equivalent. Development of listening and reading comprehension, speaking and writing Spanish based on cultural
and literary materials. Emphasis on oral expression and developing correct pronunciation. Concurrent enrollment in Spanish 213 is recommended. Conducted in Spanish.
Units: (3)
 
bullet FLSP 204    Intermediate Spanish-B  
Description: Prerequisite: Spanish 201 or 203 or equivalent. Continued development of listening and reading comprehension, practice in speaking and writing Spanish based on cultural and literary materials. Emphasis on vocabulary building and developing grammatical accuracy. Concurrent enrollment in Spanish 214 is recommended. Conducted in Spanish.
Units: (3)
 
bullet FLPR 101    Fundamental Portuguese-A -- Portuguese
Description: Prerequisite: prior successful study of another Romance language. Development of listening and reading comprehension, speaking, writing, and cultural awareness to communicate on a basic level. Included is
an introduction to customs, culture, and civilizationof Portuguese-speaking countries. Conducted in Portuguese.
Units: (4)
 
bullet FLPR 102    Fundamental Portuguese-B -- Portuguese
Description: Prerequisite: Portuguese 101 or equivalent. Continued development of listening and reading comprehension, speaking, writing, and cultural awareness to communicate on a basic level. Further study of customs, culture, and civilization of Portuguese-speaking countries. Conducted in Portuguese.
Units: (4)
 

 

*Note: A student with a knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese may be able to meet part or all of the foundation course requirements after evaluation by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.*


Required Fields of Study

Upper-division Writing Requirement (3 units)

bullet ENGL 301    Advanced College Writing -- English
Description: Prerequisite: English 101. An advanced course in writing expository prose. Emphasizes precision in rhetoric and development of
 individual style by concentration on matters of diction, audience, emphasis
and persuasion. Required of English majors seeking a secondary credential. Instructional fee.
Units: (3)
 
Language (3 units)
 
bullet FLSP 301    Advanced Grammar and Composition -- Spanish
Description: Prerequisites: Spanish 204 and 214 or equivalent. Emphasis on grammar analysis and written expression. Conducted in Spanish.
Units: (3)  

OR

bullet FLPR 317  Advanced Conversation and Composition -- Portuguese
Description: Prerequisite: Portuguese 102 or equivalent or consent of instructor. Emphasis on free oral and written expression. Conducted in Portuguese.
Units: (3)
 
History and Culture (9 units)
 
bullet FLSP 316    Introduction to Spanish-American Civilization
Description: Prerequisite: Spanish 301, which may be taken concurrently or equivalent. Readings and discussion in Spanish-American literature, arts and institutions. Strengthening of facility in the language. Conducted in Spanish.
Units: (3)

OR

bullet FLPR 325    Contemporary Brazilian Civilization -- Portuguese
Description: Prerequisite: Portuguese 310 or 317 or equivalent. Readings and discussion to develop understanding of the social and intellectual problems, trends, and contributions to Brazil since independence. Present-day Brazil. Conducted in Portuguese.
Units: (3)
 
bullet LTAM 300    Topics in Latin America -- Latin American Studies
Description: Prerequisite: completion of General Education Category III.C.1. An interdisciplinary examination and discussion of the history, geography, peoples, and major issues of Latin America from pre-Colonial times to the present.
Units: (3)

bulletUpper-Division Latin American history - 3 units : ( History 350, 451, 452    453, 454, 455 OR others chosen in consultation with the coordinator)
 

bullet HIST 350    History of Latin American Civilization -- History
Description: Prerequisite: completion of General Education category II.A and III.C.1. The social, economic, political and cultural evolution of Latin America from the European conquest to the present.
Units: (3)
 
bullet HIST 451    Colonial Period of Latin America -- History
Description: Prerequisite: History 110A or equivalent. Latin America from its pre-Columbian origins to the era of the Wars of Independence. Emphasis on the ethnic, social, and cultural factors which characterized the colonial period.
Units: (3)
 
bullet HIST 452    20th-Century Brazil -- History
Description: Prerequisite: History 110B. Social, economic, cultural, and political history of Brazil, with particular emphasis on the period since World War II.
Units: (3)
 
bullet HIST 453    History of Mexico -- History
Description: Prerequisite: completion of any course which meets the requirements for General Education category II.A. or II.B. History of Mexico from pre-Columbian times to end of the active stage of the Mexican Revolution in 1933. Special focus on the creation of a Mexican historical identity.
Units: (3)
 
bullet HIST 454   19th Century Latin America: Era of Nation Building
Description: Prerequisite: History 110B or equivalent. Latin America during the 19th century (1810-1910) with emphasis on cultural and socio-political factors which were important in the creation of Latin American nations. Special focus on development of the Rio de la Plata, the Andean nations, and Mexico.
Units: (3)
 
bullet HIST 455    Latin America Since 1945 -- History
Description: Prerequisites: completion of History 110A-B or consent of instructor. Focuses on political, economic, cultural and social patterns in key Latin American nations from 1945 to the present. Not available for graduate degree credit.
Units: (3)
 
Social Sciences (6 units) selected from two departments
 
bullet ANTH 325    Peoples of South America -- Anthropology
Description: Prerequisite: Anthro 102 or consent of instructor. Central and South America. Representative cultural areas before and after contacts with Western countries.
Units: (3)
 
bullet ANTH 423    The Ancient Maya -- Anthropology
Description: Prerequisite: Anthro 102, 103 or consent of instructor. The archaeology and ethnohistory of the Maya area of Southern Mesoamerica. The problems of initial settlement of the area and the ďriseĒ and dynamics of ancient Maya civilization.
Units: (3)
 
bullet ANTH 424  The Aztecs and Their Predecessors -- Anthropology
Description: Prerequisite: Anthro 102, 103 or consent of instructor. Archaeological survey of principal Mesoamerica pre-Columbian cultures north and west of the Maya area. The Aztecs and their predecessors, religion, art, architecture, intellectual achievements and the Olmec heritage.
Units: (3)

bullet ECON 333    Economic Development: Analysis Case Studies
Description: Prerequisite: Economics 100 or 201. The processes of economic growth with references to developing areas. Capital formation, resource allocation, relation to the world economy, economic planning and institutional factors, with case studies.
Units: (3)
 
bullet ECON 334    Economics of Latin America and the Caribbean
Description: Prerequisite: Economics 100 or 201. Corequisite: Business Admin 301. Examines regional economic problems within an international context: dependence, industrialization and the international corporation; agriculture; regional cooperation; inflation; trade and debt problems. Major economic thinkers will be discussed.
Units: (3)

bullet GEOG 333    Latin America -- Geography
Description: Prerequisite: completion of General Education category III.C.1. Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. Explores the regionís physical and cultural landscapes. Emphasis on nature-society problems.
Units: (3)

bullet Upper-division Latin American Political Science courses when    offered
Elective Fields of Study

Twelve units selected from three or more of the following groupings chosen in consultation with the program coordinator:

Culture

bullet ANTH 325    Peoples of South America -- Anthropology
bullet ANTH 423    The Ancient Maya - Anthropology
bullet ANTH 424    The Aztecs and Their Predecessors -- Anthropology

                      (See above for descriptions)             

bullet CHIC 302  Ancient Mexican Culture -- Chicana/o  Studies
Description: An historical and cultural survey of the principal pre-Columbian cultures of Mexico and their significance for Mexican society.
Units: (3)

bullet CHIC 353   Mexico Since 1906 -- Chicana and Chicano Studies
Description: Prerequisite: completion of General Education category III.C.1. The Mexican Revolution of 1910 stressing the political, economic and social aspects as well as its contributions in the fields of art, literature and social reforms.
Units: (3)
 
bullet FLPR 317   Advanced Conversation and Composition
Description: Prerequisite: Portuguese 102 or equivalent or consent of instructor. Emphasis on free oral and written expression. Conducted in Portuguese.
Units:
(3)
 
bullet FLSP 301    Advanced Grammar and Composition -- Spanish
Description: Prerequisites: Spanish 204 and 214 or equivalent. Emphasis on grammar analysis and written expression. Conducted in Spanish.
Units: (3)  

OR
 
bullet FLPR 320  Introduction to Luso-Brazilian Culture and Civilizat.
Description: Prerequisites: Portuguese 310 or 317 or equivalent, good reading knowledge of Portuguese or consent of instructor. The main currents of Portuguese culture and civilization and Brazilís intellectual and artistic development from discovery to independence. Conducted in Portuguese.
Units: (3)

bullet FLPR 325    Contemporary Brazilian Civilization -- Portuguese
Description: Prerequisite: Portuguese 310 or 317 or equivalent. Readings and discussion to develop understanding of the social and intellectual problems, trends, and contributions to Brazil since independence. Present-day Brazil. Conducted in Portuguese.
Units: (3)

OR

bullet FLSP 316    Introduction to Spanish-American Civilization
Description: Prerequisite: Spanish 301, which may be taken concurrently or equivalent. Readings and discussion in Spanish-American literature, arts and institutions. Strengthening of facility in the language. Conducted in Spanish.
Units: (3)
 
bullet FLSP 416    Contemporary Spanish-American Culture
Description: Prerequisite: Spanish 316 or consent of instructor. The social, economic, artistic, and political aspects of contemporary life in Spanish America. Conducted in Spanish. Not applicable for graduate degree credit.
Units: (3)
 

Fine Arts and Literature

bullet ART 460    Pre-Columbian Art -- Art
Description: Prerequisites: Art 201A,B or consent of instructor. An introduction to the art and architecture of Meso and South America from the early formative stage to the Spanish Conquest. Emphasis on aesthetic achievement with varying contexts of pre-Columbian culture. (3 hours lecture)
Units: (3)
 
bullet ART 462    Latin American Art from 1800 to the 1950s -- Art
Description: Prerequisite: Art 311 or 312. History of painting, sculpture and the graphic arts in Latin America. Emphasis on the changing relationship to European Modernism and major principles of Latin American cultural and political identity as expressed in art. (3 hours lecture) Not available for graduate degree credit.
Units: (3)
 
bullet ART 480T    Selected Topics in Art History -- Art
Description: Prerequisites: Art 201A or B and consent of instructor. Detailed study of the work of individual artists, patronage in particular places, specific pictorial, sculptural and architectural programs or art history periods. Topics will be listed in the class schedule. Repeatable if topic is different. (3 hours lecture)
Units: (3)
 
bullet CHIC 304    Music of Mexico -- Chicana and Chicano Studies
Description: (Same as Music 304) Survey of the art, folk, and traditional music of Mexico from pre-Cortesian aboriginal music to 20th-century style, including neo-Hispanic, folk (corrido, etc.), mestizo, mariachi, nationalistic, jazz, and modern art music. Interrelationship between traditional (folk) and serious (art) music; effects of Mexicoís history on its music.
Units: (3)
 
bullet CHIC 336    Main Trends in Spanish-American Literature
Description: The main currents of Spanish-American literature emphasizing contemporary works. The relation between the artistic expression and the ideological values of the period.
Units: (3)
 
bullet FLSP 440    Spanish-American Literature to Modernismo
Description: Prerequisites: Spanish 316 and Spanish 375 or consent of instructor. Spanish-American literature to modernismo. Conducted in Spanish.
Units: (3)
 
bullet FLSP 441    Spanish-American Literature Since Modernismo
Description: Prerequisites: Spanish 316 and 375 or consent of instructor. Spanish-American literature from modernismo to the present. Conducted in Spanish.
Units: (3)
 
bullet FLSP 466    Spanish Phonology and Dialectology
Description: Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or equivalent. Descriptive study of the phonology of Spanish, with specific focus on the sound system, suprasegmentals and connected speech. Description and analysis of the dialectal varieties of Spanish. Conducted in Spanish.
Units: (3)
 
bullet FLSP 485T  Senior Seminar: Topics in Spanish-American Lit.
Description: Prerequisites: Spanish 375 or consent of instructor and senior standing in Spanish. Selected topics of the literature of Spanish-America. Subject matter will change. May be repeated for credit. Conducted in Spanish.
Units: (3)

History and Politics

bullet HIST 350    History of Latin American Civilization -- History
bullet HIST 451    Colonial Period of Latin America -- History
bullet HIST 452    20th-Century Brazil -- History
bullet HIST 453    History of Mexico -- History
bullet HIST 454    19th Century Latin America: Nation Building
bullet HIST 455    Latin America Since 1945 -- History

                     (See above for descriptions)

bullet Upper-division Latin American Political Science courses when offered.*

Geography and Economics

bullet ECON 333    Economic Development: Analysis & Case Studies
Description: Prerequisite: Economics 100 or 201. The processes of economic growth with references to developing areas. Capital formation, resource allocation, relation to the world economy, economic planning and institutional factors, with case studies.
Units: (3)
 
bullet ECON 334    Economics of Latin America and the Caribbean
Description: Prerequisite: Economics 100 or 201. Corequisite: Business Admin 301. Examines regional economic problems within an international context: dependence, industrialization and the international corporation; agriculture; regional cooperation; inflation; trade and debt problems. Major economic thinkers will be discussed.
Units: (3)
 
bullet GEOG 333    Latin America -- Geography
Description: Prerequisite: completion of General Education category III.C.1. Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. Explores the regionís physical and cultural landscapes. Emphasis on nature-society problems.
Units: (3)

Latin American Studies

bullet LTAM 399    Directed Study  
Description: Prerequisite: approval of program coordinator. Supervised individual or small group study as an elective. May be repeated for credit with different content.
Units: (1-3)
 


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