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Latin American Studies

 

www.temple.edu/las

Jonathan Wells, Chair, History
908 Gladfelter Hall
jdwells@temple.edu

Ronald Webb, Faculty Advisor
836A Anderson Hall
215-204–7527
rwebb@temple.edu

Gayle Schooley, Administrator
gaylehs@temple.edu
215-204-7210

The Latin American Studies Major is an interdisciplinary program with a focus on the study of social problems of Latin America.  Latin America's art, literature, and religious thought have been universally recognized for their high quality and contribution to world civilization.  At the same time, extreme social inequality persists in Latin America in addition to rapid urban growth, dramatic ecological change, and political upheavals with powerful local and global implications.  The Latin American Studies major offers a variety of courses that examine these issues.  To complete the major, students must take twelve 3-credit courses in Latin American Studies and demonstrate a reading and speaking knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese.

 

Requirements for the Major

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed below and are identified by "WI" in the Attribute column.

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Introduction to Latin American Studies - Select one: 3-6  
Latin American Studies 1001 Perspectives on Latin America
    or
The Latin American Studies Semester Program (LASS)
   
         
Select one of the following writing intensive courses: 3 WI
Latin American Studies 2097
  or
2098
  or
4698
Writing Seminar I
    or
The Legacy of Mesoamerica
    or
Revolutionary Mexico
   
         
Latin American Studies Electives numbered 1000-4999 Select eight courses, excluding courses used for another part of the major,
from the approved list of undergraduate courses in Latin American Studies.
See advisor for this list.
24  
         
Spanish-American Literature Courses - Select one: 3  
Spanish 3241
  or
3243
  or
any 4000+-level
course
Spanish-American Culture & Civilization
    or
Puerto Rican Culture & Civilization
    or
Spanish-American literature course taught in Spanish from the approved
list of undergraduate courses in Latin American Studies
   
         
Latin American Studies 4097 Latin American Studies Seminar (offered only one time per year) 3 WI*
         
Total     36-39  
* Indicates Writing Capstone for the Major    


Requirements for the Minor

The Latin American Studies Minor enables students to combine the requirements of their majors with the study of Latin America.  It is designed to be of particular value to students who intend to engage in technical, professional, business, or government work involving Latin America.  To earn the minor, students must complete six 3-credit courses in subjects with a Latin American emphasis and demonstrate a reading knowledge and speaking facility of Spanish or Portuguese.

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Select one Introductory Course: 3-6  
Latin American Studies 1001 Perspectives on Latin America
   or
Latin American Studies Semester Program (LASS)
   
         
Latin American Studies Electives numbered 1000-4999 Select four or five courses in Latin American Studies
(depending on number of credits of chosen introductory course)
12-15  
         
Total     18  
         
Students also must demonstrate reading knowledge and speaking facility of Spanish or Portuguese through one of the following methods:
Spanish or Portuguese
          or
LASS
          or
Proficiency examination
  2000+
   or
Latin American Studies Semester
   or
Proficiency examination
3

6
 
       
Please note: LASS Program counts as one introductory course and one elective.    

 

Distinction in Major

Latin American Studies majors may graduate with distinction in the major if they have a GPA of at least 3.5 in the major and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

 

Latin American Studies Semester (LASS)

The Latin American Studies Semester (LASS) has been offered every spring semester since 1973. It is a program designed to provide an intensive experience in the study of the Spanish language in combination with an interdisciplinary study of life and contemporary issues in Latin America.

LASS is an integration of several courses, totaling 17 semester hours credit, and must be taken as a package. Because of the credit-hour load and because the objective is to concentrate on Spanish and Latin American Studies, no other courses may be taken without prior approval.

The prerequisite for participation in LASS is two semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent. Students with more advanced levels of course background are encouraged to participate in the program as well. All participants in the program may expect to achieve marked improvement in Spanish fluency in only one semester.

  • Morning sessions held from 9:00 to 11:50 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays offer language instruction and conversation practice at intermediate and advanced levels guided by native or near native speakers.
  • Morning sessions held from 9:30 to 10:50 and from 11:00 to 12:20 on Tuesdays and Thursdays focus on Latin American culture and economic development.
  • A LASS Seminar held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:10 to 3:00 highlights a series of topics in Latin American and Latino studies, includes presentations by guest speakers, and also provides for personal contact with the Latino community of Philadelphia.

An integral part of the LASS program is a three-week trip to the Costa Rica. The trip is akin to a laboratory in which students can practice their developing language skills. They experience firsthand a Latin American country's culture, history, and social development.

 


 

Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plan

 

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Spanish 1001 Basic I 4 LA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Subtotal      15  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Spanish 1002 Basic II 4 LA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
Latin American Studies 1001* Perspectives on Latin America 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
Subtotal      16  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Spanish 1003 Intermediate 3 LB
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 2  
Subtotal      17  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Spanish 2001 Conversational Review 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Latin American Studies 2000+ Latin American Studies Course From Approved List 3  
Latin American Studies 2000+ Latin American Studies Course From Approved List 3  
Subtotal      15-16  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Spanish 2002 Hispanic Readings 3  
Spanish 2096 Composition 3 WI
Latin American Studies 2000+ Latin American Studies Course From Approved List 3  
Latin American Studies 2000+ Latin American Studies Course From Approved List 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Spanish 3001 Advanced Composition & Conversation 3  
Latin American Studies 2000+ Latin American Studies Course From Approved List 3  
Latin American Studies 2000+ Latin American Studies Course From Approved List 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Latin American Studies 2097
  or
2098
  or
4698
Writing Seminar I
      or
The Legacy of Mesoamerica
      or
Revolutionary Mexico
3 WI

WI

WI
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Spanish 3241**
  or
3243
  or
4000+
Spanish-American Culture & Civilization
      or
Puerto Rican Culture & Civilization
      or
a 4000+ Literature Course
3  
Latin American Studies 2000+ Latin American Studies Course From Approved List 3  
Latin American Studies 2000+ Latin American Studies Course From Approved List 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Latin American Studies 4097*** Latin American Studies Seminar 3 WI
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Subtotal      15  
         
Degree Total 123  
 
*LASS can replace Latin American Studies 1001; see an advisor about this option.
**Prerequisites for Spanish 3241 are Spanish 1001, 1002, 1003, 2001, 2002, 2096, and 3001.
Prerequisite for Spanish 3243 are Spanish 1001, 1002, 1003, 2001, 2002, 2096.
Check prerequisites for 4000+ Spanish literature option.
***Latin American Studies 4097 offered only once a year; see advisor before senior year.
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