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Latin American Area Studies (LAAS)

This is an interdisciplinary major under the authority of the vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean. The program is administered by the coordinator of Latin American area studies, a member of the Division of the Social Sciences.

Objectives—The purpose of the Latin American area studies program is to acquaint students with a broad view of the culture and society of Latin America. The program offers study of other cultures, cross-cultural comparisons, and our own Spanish American subcultures. An interdisciplinary approach is used to understand and compare various methodologies.

Requirements for a Major include proficiency in Spanish equivalent to that required for the completion of Span 1120; 5 credits in Spanish-American literature; 10 credits in Latin American history; 2 credits in LAAS 1700 (Bibliographical Tools and Journals in Latin American Area Studies); 1-5 credits in LAAS 3700 (Senior Tutorial in Latin American Area Studies); 1 credit per quarter, after declaring major and when in residence, in LAAS 3000 (Contemporary Latin America), not more than 6 credits can apply to LAAS major and up to 6 can be applied to 25-credit elective requirement; and 25 additional credits selected from courses listed below. Students are encouraged to use elective credits to acquaint themselves with as many academic fields of Latin American studies as possible. Any directed study course for which an instructor is available is acceptable provided the subject matter is appropriate. These courses may be applied to the 25-credit elective requirement. Students may have up to a 2-course overlap with any other major. Additional overlap is possible, but must be approved by LAAS coordinator.

Students planning to major in Latin American area studies must register with the coordinator of Latin American area studies. Their advisers will normally be faculty with a specialty in Latin American studies.

Courses with grades of D are not acceptable to meet the major requirements.

Course Descriptions

Span 1100f. Beginning Spanish I. (5 cr)

Study of basic Spanish skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and aspects of culture, customs, and traditions of Latin America and Spain.

Span 1101w. Beginning Spanish II. (5 cr; prereq 1100 or placement or #)

Second course in the sequence beginning with 1100.

Span 1102s. Beginning Spanish III. (5 cr; prereq 1101 or placement or #)

Third course in the sequence beginning with 1100.

Span 1110f. Intermediate Spanish I: A Cultural Approach. (W, E3; 5 cr; prereq 1102 or placement or #)

Intensive review of grammar, expansion of vocabulary, cultural readings from contemporary Latin American and Peninsular short fiction and journalism, and activities such as reports, cross-cultural debates, situational (survival) dialogues, simulations, dramatic presentations, and compositions on cultural topics.

Span 1120w. Intermediate Spanish II: A Cultural Approach. (W, E3; 5 cr; prereq 1110 or #)

Second course in the sequence beginning with 1110.

Span 3101s. Introduction to Spanish Literature. (W, E6; 5 cr; prereq 1120 or #)

Introduction to literature of Spain and Latin America through examples from various genres. Emphasis on literary analysis and methods of interpretation.

Span 3120f. Advanced Spanish I. (W; 5 cr; prereq 3101 or #)

In-depth study of basic grammatical structures and pronunciation and diction patterns of the Spanish language with projects designed to develop a high degree of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Intensive practice in conversation and writing.

Span 3130w. Advanced Spanish II. (W; 5 cr; prereq 3120 or #)

Second course in the sequence beginning with 3120.

Span 3140s. Advanced Spanish III. (W; 5 cr; prereq 3130 or #)

Third course in the sequence beginning with 3120.

Span 3604w. Seminar in Latin American Literature. (W; 5 cr; repeatable with #; prereq 3140 or #; not offered 1998-99)

Literary theme or genre from contemporary Latin American literature. Topic to be announced.

Span 3800f. Masterpieces of Latin American Literature I. (W; 5 cr; repeatable with #; prereq 3140 or #; not offered 1997-98)

Major literary works from contemporary Latin American literature. Novel, poetry, drama, and essays from authors such as Huidobro, Vallejo, Neruda, Paz, Asturias, Azuela, Carpentier, Borges, Vargas Llosa, Cortázar, and García Márquez.

Span 3801s. Masterpieces of Latin American Literature II. (W; 5 cr; prereq 3140 or #; not offered 1997-98)

Major literary works from 1400 to 1900. Novel, poetry, drama, and essays from authors such as Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Cortés, Sor Juan Inés de la Cruz, Lizardi, Echeverría, Sarmiento Palma, Darío, Martí, and Lugones.

Span 3950f, 3951w, 3952s. Directed Study. (1-5 cr per qtr; prereq #)

Spanish language, culture, and literature.

Anth 3330s. Selected Topics in the Cultures and Societies of the Americas. (E3, Non-W; 5 cr; repeatable with #; prereq Anth 1110 or Soc 1100; when topic is appropriate for LAAS major)

Same as Soc 3330. Use of archaeological, historical and contemporary materials. Topics may include political institutions, media, popular culture, ethnicity, class, ecology, and cultures.

Anth 3950f, 3951w, 3952s. Directed Study. (1-5 cr per qtr; prereq #)

Anthropology of Latin America.

Econ 3950f, 3951w, 3952s. Directed Study. (1-5 cr per qtr; prereq #)

Literature of Latin American economics.

Hist 1316f,s. Latin American History: A Basic Introduction. (E3, Non-W; 5 cr; not offered 1998-99)

Methods, themes, and problems in the study of Latin American history.

Hist 3440. Topics in History. (1-5 cr; repeatable with #; offered when feasible)

Study of a historical topic that transcends the traditional chronological or geographical categories. Possible topics include the history of historical writing, science, or Christianity.

Hist 3531w. Topics in Latin American Cultural and Social History. (E8, Non-W; 5 cr; repeatable with #)

Possible topics include historical examination of elites, women and the family, art, popular culture, urbanization, social structures, or religious ideologies.

Hist 3537f. Topics in Latin American Political and Economic History. (5 cr; repeatable with #)

Possible topics include historical examination of the Cuban or Mexican Revolution, business history, dependence and underdevelopment, agrarian problems and peasant movements, organized labor, or political power.

Hist 3543. Topics in Latin American National History. (5 cr; repeatable with #; offered when feasible)

Topics in the history of selected Latin American nations, e.g., Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, or Cuba.

Hist 3950f, 3951w, 3952s. Directed Study. (1-5 cr per qtr; prereq #)

Opportunity to study analytically a limited topic in Latin American history. Topic determined by the student and instructor.

Hum 1180s. Contemporary Latin American Novel in Translation. (W, E3, E6; 5 cr; repeatable with #; does not count toward Spanish major or minor)

Major Latin American novels from 1960 to the present.

LAAS 1700. Bibliographical Tools and Journals in Latin American Area Studies. (2 cr; prereq major in LAAS; offered when feasible)

For the student new to the major. Introduction to the standard bibliographical tools and journals in Latin American area studies.

LAAS 3000f,w,s. Contemporary Latin America. (C2; 1 cr; prereq major in LAAS; only 6 cr of LAAS 3000 may apply to LAAS major; repeatable with #)

Opportunity for LAAS majors to read about and discuss in historical and cultural contexts the more important contemporary developments in Latin America.

LAAS 3700. Senior Tutorial in Latin American Area Studies. (1-5 cr; prereq 1700, sr LAAS major; offered when feasible)

Individual reading in subjects needing further development before completing the LAAS major. Subjects determined by LAAS faculty in consultation with the senior LAAS major.

LAAS 3960Hf, 3961Hw, 3962Hs. Senior Honors Project. (1-5 cr per qtr; prereq participation in Honors Program, #)

A substantial scholarly or creative work (at the undergraduate level) within the discipline. Successful completion of the senior honors project is one of the requirements for graduating from UMM "with honors."

Pol 3950f, 3951w, 3952s. Directed Study. (1-5 cr per qtr; prereq #)

Latin American political science.

Soc 3330s. Selected Topics in the Cultures and Societies of the Americas. (E3, Non-W; 5 cr; repeatable with #; prereq Anth 1110 or Soc 1100; when topic is appropriate for LAAS major)

Same as Anth 3330. Use of archaeological, historical and contemporary materials. Topics may include political institutions, media, popular culture, ethnicity, class, ecology, and cultures.

Soc 3950f, 3951w, 3952s. Directed Study. (1-5 cr per qtr; prereq #)

Literature of Latin American sociology.

Span 3620s. Major Hispanic Women Writers. (W; 5 cr; repeatable with #; prereq 3140 or #; not offered 1998-99)

In-depth study of major Latin American and Peninsular women writers. Themes, concepts, points of view, and images found in various genres. Influence of sociocultural forces. Authors such as Victoria Ocampo, Gabriela Mistral, Dolores Medio, Rosario Ferré, Mireya Robles, and Mercé Rodoreda.

Span 3630s. Hispanic Literature and Film. (W; 5 cr; repeatable with #; prereq 3140 or #; not offered 1997-98)

Major literary works and their film adaptation. Includes such directors as Buñuel, Saura, Babenco, and Sanjines who have adapted works by Lorca, Delibes, Vargas Llosa, Galdós, and Sábato.

Span 3701s. Masterpieces of Peninsular Spanish Literature II. (W; 5 cr; repeatable with #; prereq 3140 or #; not offered 1998-99)

Major literary works from the Renaissance to the generation of 1898. Novel, poetry, drama, and essays from authors such as Garcilaso de la Vega, Góngora, Quevedo, Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Zorrilla, Larra, and Galdós.

Spch 3310s. Intercultural Communication. (5 cr; prereq 1101 or #; not offered 1998-99)

Cultural shock, value systems, nonverbal behavior, language skills; their influence on intercultural interpersonal communication.

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