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 am to 3 pm, 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.
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.
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.
This is an interdisciplinary certificate that combines the study of the Spanish language and Latin American societies. Course work in Spanish will focus on the development of communicative skills in conjunction with specialized knowledge of vocabulary and communicative strategies for business. In the area of Latin American Studies, preparation will provide perspectives of Latin American societies in combination with more advanced work on economic and political development. The purpose of the Certificate is to allow Temple students in business-related majors to develop skills and knowledge in these two complementary areas to compete more successfully in the job market. Because the Certificate is intended to benefit students with different interests and backgrounds, the program will allow for a degree of flexibility. Based on their knowledge of Spanish, students will select three courses from a menu of Spanish skills courses and will be required to take a specialized course: Spanish for the Business Professions. Six courses are required to complete the Certificate, four in Spanish and two in Latin American Studies.
The Latino community is the fastest growing sector of the population in the United States. This means that the delivery of health and social services to this community must frequently be carried out in Spanish as well as English. The need for doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, clerks and administrators who are competent in Spanish and knowledgeable about the Latino community is evident and largely unmet. Temple students from the College of Allied Health Professions, the schools of Dentistry, Medicine, and Pharmacy, the School of Social Administration and the College of Education will specially benefit from the training in Spanish and Latino Studies provided by this certificate program. Because the certificate is intended to benefit students with different interests and backgrounds, the program will allow for a degree of flexibility. Based on their knowledge of Spanish, students will select three courses from a menu of Spanish skill courses and will be required to take a specialized course: Spanish for Health and Human Services. Six courses are required to complete the certificate, four in Spanish and two in Latin American / Latino Studies.
Spend a summer, a semester, or a year in Latin America improving Spanish skills, taking classes, doing community development, and experiencing the culture. Students interested in Latin American study abroad programs should contact the Director of the Latin American Studies Center.