Santa Clara University

Latin American Studies Requirements

 
  1. Foundational Course 1
    This course serves as an introduction to Latin American culture and civilization from the Native American experiences, through the Spanish Conquest, to the independence of Latin American nations. Students select ONE from the following:

    Anthropology 185 Peoples of Latin America
    Anthropology 186 Mesoamerican Prehistory
    History 166 Latin America: Empires
    Spanish 130 Survey of Latin American Literature I

     

  2. Foundational Course II
    This course serves as an introduction to Latin American Culture and civilization by focusing on the formation in the 19th century of nation states and the forces shaping 20th and 21st century experiences. Students select ONE from the following:

    History 95 Modern Latin America
    Political Science 133 Politics in South America
    Spanish 131 Survey of Latin American Literature II
    Spanish 137 Contemporary Latin American Culture & Civilizations

     

  3. Language Requirement
    Successful completion of Spanish 100 or 101 (none of these two courses counts towards the seven required courses for the LAS minor), or equivalent Spanish or Portuguese language proficiency demonstrated by passing an examination given by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, or successful completion of one upper-division course in Latin American literature and culture taught in Spanish

     

  4. Four Elective Courses in Latin American Studies
    Four electives (at least three of which must be upper division) selected from three different departments. Only two electives can be used from a student's major. In lieu of one of the elective courses, Juniors and Seniors can design an independent study as described in the University Bulletin only if it is beyond the scope of a regular course on Latin America and with the approval of the Director of Latin American Studies and an affiliated LAS faculty.

    Anthropology 185 Peoples of Latin America
    Anthropology 186 Mesoamerican Prehistory
    Anthropology 189 Ancient North America
    Art History 152
    Pre-Columbian Art: From Olmec to Aztec
    Environmental Studies 141 Environmental Biology in the Tropics
    Environmental Studies 144 Natural History of Baja
    Environmental Studies 146 Agriculture, Environment and Development: Latin America
    History 64 Central America
    History 95 Introduction to the History of Modern Latin America
    History 160 Mexico: Colonial and Early National Periods
    History 161
    Modern Mexico
    History 162
    Argentina
    History 163
    Cuba and the Caribbean
    History 164 Seminar: The Catholic Church in Latin America
    History 166 Latin America: Empires
    History 169 Special Topics in Latin American History
    History 196 Seminar in Latin American History
    Political Science 136 Politics in Central American and the Caribbean
    Political Science 136(a) The Political Structures & Processes in El Salvador & Central America
    Political Science 137 Politics in Latin America
    Religion & Society 33 Maya Spirituality
    Religion & Society 136 Religion in Latin America
    Religion & Society 139 Mexican Popular Catholicism & Gender
    Sociology 135 Women and Social Change in Latin America
    Spanish 112 Mexican Culture
    Spanish 113 The Revolution in Mexican Culture
    Spanish 130 Survey of Latin American Literature I
    Spanish 131 Survey of Latin American Literature II
    Spanish 135 Colloquium: Latin American Literature and Culture
    Spanish 136 Contemporary Latin American Short Story
    Spanish 137 Latin American Culture and Civilization
    Spanish 140 Modern Latin American Literature I
    Spanish 141 Modern Latin American Literature II
    Spanish 145 Mid-20th Century Latin American Literature
    Spanish 146 Contemporary Latin American Literature
    Spanish 147 Cinema and the Novel in Contemporary Latin America
    Spanish 148 20th-Century Latin American Women Writers
    Spanish 149 Contacts, Clashes, Border Crossings: Hybridity and Liminality in Latin American Cinema
    Theology, Ethics & Spirituality 65 U.S. Hispanic Theology
    Theology, Ethics & Spirituality 109 Hispanic Spirituality:Guadalupe
    Theology, Ethics & Spirituality 111 Latin American Liberation Theology
    Theology, Ethics & Spirituality 165 Romero & Salvadoran Martyrs

     

  5. One course on Latinos living outside of Latin America

    English 36 Chicano/a Literature I
    English 140 Chicano/a Literature II
    Ethnic Studies 20 Introduction to Chicano/a Studies
    Ethnic Studies 112 Native Peoples of the United States and Mexico
    Ethnic Studies 120 Mexican Immigration to the United States
    Ethnic Studies 121 Chicano/a Families and Gender Roles
    Ethnic Studies 122 Chicano/a Communities
    Ethnic Studies 125 Latinos/as in the United States
    Ethnic Studies 126 Latina/o Immigrant Detention & Incorporation in the Age of Terrorism
    Religion & Society 12 Latinos and Lived Religion in US
    Religion & Society 139 Mexican Popular Catholicism and Gender
    Spanish 133 Mexican American Literature and Culture
    Theatre 14 Chicano/a Theatre
    Theology, Ethics & Spirituality 60 Hispanic Popular Religion
    Theology, Ethics & Spirituality 65 U.S. Hispanic Theology
    Theology, Ethics & Spirituality 109 Hispanic Spirituality: Guadalupe