Latin American & Latino Studies Option

A Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) major is available to provide students interested in Latin American and Latino history and language with valuable interdisciplinary skills. Because this is an interdisciplinary program, students will enroll in courses in History & Philosophy and Modern Languages & Literatures. Courses in Sociology & Anthropology, as well as other departments with relevant course content, will also be allowed for credit subject to approval by the program coordinator. This major will complement majors for students pursuing graduate school and professional programs in agriculture, engineering, history, literature, political science, sociology, international business, and more. The major will also strengthen the skill-sets of students who wish to become more competitive in the Spanish speaking job market, either abroad or in the United States. A major in LALS will prepare students for the close relationship developing between Latin American and the United States in trade agreements, the growing immigrant laborers, and the expansion of Latin American and Latino communities in the United States with significant political and economic power.

The equivalent of four semesters of Spanish language is required. Students with prior experience in Spanish language may have some requirements waived. Students interested in the LALS major should consult with the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures immediately upon their decision to fulfill the major so that they can ascertain the language requirements that are appropriate for them.

Required Courses

Language Requirements (17 credits)
Students must demonstrate proficiency in a language (other than English) spoken in Latin America by completing one of the following:
• Coursework. Successfully complete the equivalent of two years of college language classes plus one advanced grammar or writing course.
• Placement Exam. Score must be equivalent to coursework level described above.
• Experience to be approved by LALS advisor.
Some examples of languages include Spanish, Portuguese, Quechua, Creole, and Garifuna.
Foundation courses (5 credits)
HSTR 130DLatin American History4
LALS xxx* Introduction to Latin American Studies, upcoming course (1cr)
Area Requirements (24 credits)
12 credits must be in one field (SPNS, HSTR, SOCI, etc.). The other 12 credits should be from another field or a combination of fields.
SPNS 280
(Chicanos and the Southwest, upcoming)
Erly Cultures of Latin America
Modern Cultures Latin America
Contemp Latin Amer Literature
Travel in Latin Am Lit & Film
US Latino Cultures
US Latino Literature
US Latino Text and Cinema
Latin American Text and Cinema
Latin America in Focus
Latin America: Culture and Revolution
Latin Amer Perspectives
Hispanic Caribbean: Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic
Latin American Perspectives
Race in Latin America
Colonial Latin America
Armed Conflict Mod Lat Am
Latino Immigration
Sociology of Globalization
Political Sociology
Politics of Development
Research Requirement (3 credits)
Choose one:
Sem:Modern Hispanic Literature
Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate Research
Experiential Learning (1-3 cr)
Choose one:
SPNS x93 Service Learning: Experience Latin America Today
Independent Study (Teaching Spanish in the Gallatin Valley Public Schools)
Las Tías youth center in León, Nicaragua
Health entity/organization in León, Nicaragua
Engineers without Borders in El Salvador
Casa Guatemala orphanage in Guatemala
Other opportunity approved by LALS advisor
Summary of Requirements
Total credits: 50-52 credits
Language requirements: 17
Foundation courses: 5
Area requirements: 24
Research: 3
Experiential Learning: 1-3