Latin American Studies

Major

Fr. William Farge, S.J., Chair, Associate Professor of Languages and Cultures, 433 Bobet Hall, (504) 865-2263, wjfarge@loyno.edu

WEBSITE: chn.loyno.edu/languages-cultures/latin-american-studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Cultures with a concentration in Latin American Studies offers you the opportunity to tailor the major concentration to your specific interests and future professional goals. You can choose many of your classes to focus on one region (say Cono Sur) or to revolve around a couple of disciplines in particular. Because of this flexibility, the sample plan outlined below can only give an idea of how to structure your 4-year degree plan.

In addition, the requirements for the concentration depend heavily on your level of Spanish upon entering the program. While we welcome into the program those who are native speakers and those who have no Spanish, this difference will determine the exact number of hours available for interdisciplinary LAS courses. Below are a couple of scenarios on opposite extremes. The first one shows a four-year plan for someone coming in with no Spanish at all. The second one shows a four-year plan for someone who is already fluent in Spanish. If you have some Spanish, you will fit somewhere in the middle.  

Fr. William Farge, S.J., Chair, Associate Professor of Languages and Cultures, 433 Bobet Hall, (504) 865-2263, wjfarge@loyno.edu

Option 1: For those coming in with no Spanish

 

Sophomore Fall Spring
Major A200 — A201 of Language 3 3
Common Curriculum 6 6
Elective 9 6
Semester Totals 18 15
Total 33

 

Junior Fall Spring
Major A300 — 400 Level 6 6
Common Curriculum 6 6
Electives 6 6
Semester Totals 18 18
Total 36

 

Senior Fall Spring
Major A300 — 400 Level 6 7
Electives 6 6
Common Curriculum 3 3
Semester Totals 15 16
Total 31

 

Total Course Hours: 130

 

Option 2: For those fluent in Spanish

Freshman Fall Spring
Major A300 level of LAS (intro to LAS, etc) 3 3
Elective 3 3
Common Curriculum 9 9
Semester Totals 15 15
Total 30

 

Sophomore Fall Spring
Major A300-400 level LAS (6 disciplines) 3 3
Common Curriculum 6 6
Elective 9 6
Semester Totals 18 15
Total 33

Minor

Dr. Uriel Quesada, Director, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, uquesada@loyno.edu (504) 865-3686

WEBSITE: interdisciplinary.loyno.edu/latin-americanstudies

The Latin American Studies minor fosters students’ understanding and appreciation of Latin American, U.S.-Latino, and Caribbean cultures and societies through classes from multiple disciplines, including sociology, history, religious studies, literature, and cultural studies. Latin America is comprised of more than 20 countries with a population of approximately 600 million people, who exert their influence on the United States in trade, travel, cultural exchange, and immigration. The program couples perfectly with Loyola’s study abroad program to Mexico City, and it welcomes students at all levels of Spanish-speaking ability.

Selected Courses:
Spanish: Latin American Women Writers
Sociology: Peoples of Latin America
History: History of Mexico

Minor Requirements

The Latin American Studies minor requires the following 18 hours:
SPAN A100 First Year Spanish I*
(May omit course if student tests out)
3
SPAN A101 First Year Spanish II*
(May omit course if student tests out)
3
SPAN A200 Second Year Spanish I
(May omit course if student tests out)
3
SPAN A201 Second Year Spanish II
(May omit course if student tests out)
3

Choose one of the following:

  • SPAN A300 Syntax and Composition
  • SPAN A301 Intensive Conversation
3

Choose one of the following:

  • HIST A220 Latin America I
  • HIST A221 Modern Latin America
  • SPAN A350 Culture of Spanish America to 1850
  • SPAN A351 Culture of Spanish America from 1850
3

Choose two of the following:

  • LAS V230 Chicana/o and Latina/o Literature
  • LAS V305 Theology of Liberation
  • LAS V261 Latin American Thought (in English)
  • LAS V235 Women Writers: Spanish America
  • LAS V294 Experimental Course (Course content varies)
  • LAS Social Entrepreneurship in Latin America
  • SPAN A305 Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN A340 Spanish American Literature I
  • SPAN A341 Spanish American Literature II
  • SPAN A350 Culture of Spanish America I
  • SPAN A351 Culture of Spanish America II
  • SPAN A410 Spanish American Regional Literature
  • SPAN A456 Spanish-American Narrative
  • SPAN A455 20th Century Currents
  • SOCI A200 Cultural Anthropology
  • SOCI X245 Peoples of Latin America
  • SOCI X250 Encountering the Caribbean (Special project required)
  • SOCI A260 Women in Latin America
  • SOCI A400 Third World Repression/Revolution
  • SOCI A 204 Introduction to Haitian Society and Culture
  • SOCI X250 The Sociology of Gender
  • HIST A220 Latin America I
  • HIST W266 Quest for Empire
  • HIST A221 Modern Latin America
  • HIST A410 History of Mexico
  • HIST A414 Northern South America
  • HIST X241 Drugs, Terrorism, and Democracy in the Americas
  • HIST X243 Social Revolutions in Latin America
  • BIOL A118 Tropical Ecology (Trip to Belize for two weeks at the end of the course)
  • INTB B340 Business Environment and Practices in Latin America
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