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LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

Rosario Espinal, Director
416 Anderson Hall
215-204-7527
espinal@temple.edu

http://www.temple.edu/LAS

The Latin American Studies Center offers three academic programs for undergraduates: the Latin American Studies Major, the Latin American Studies Minor, and the Latin American Studies Semester (LASS).

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

Department

Course No

Course Name

Hours

Core Indicator

12 courses (36 semester hours) distributed as follows:

Introduction to Latin American Studies. Select 1

LAS C050 Perspectives on Latin America 3 IS

 

 
-- or --

 

 

    The Latin American Studies Semester Program (LASS)   6

Latin American Studies Content Courses.  Select 9

LAS

0100 and above

not including LAS C050, W315

27

 

Spanish-American Literature Courses.  Select 1

Spanish

0230 or any 0300 level Spanish-American literature course taught in Spanish Spanish-American Culture & Civilization

 

3

 

 
  or      
  0240 Introduction to Spanish-American Literature 3  

Capstone Course

LAS W315 Latin American Studies Seminar   WI*

*  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.

Department

Course No

Course Name

Hours

Core Indicator

6 courses (18 semester hours)

LAS

C050

   

Perspectives on Latin America 

or

the Latin American Studies Semester Program (LASS)

3

6

IS

LAS

0100 and above

     
    four or five courses 12-15  

Total

    18  

Students also must demonstrate reading knowledge and speaking facility of Spanish or Portuguese.  Select one of the following:

Spanish or

Portuguese

0100 or above

 

3

 

LASS Semester

   

6

 

Requirement can also be fulfilled by examination

LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES SEMESTER (LASS)

The Latin American Studies Semester (LASS) is a 15-credit total immersion, interdisciplinary program designed to teach students to speak Spanish or to greatly increase their Spanish language fluency in one semester.  The course meets daily from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and includes, in addition to Spanish language skill acquisition, the study of Latin America through social science, literature and film.  The highlight of the course is a trip to Mexico during the Spring Break.  LASS is offered each spring semester.

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.

 

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