Latin American Area Studies Minor
Foreign Languages & Literatures
College of Liberal Arts
This program prepares students to thrive as globally competent citizens through in-depth encounters with Latin American cultures. Students develop Spanish language communication skills. Topics studied pertain to Latin American literature, history, politics, and arts. The emphasis of this program is students' ability to analyze and articulate their understanding of the role that race, class, gender, sustainability, and human rights play in Spanish-speaking North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Latin American Area Studies begins to prepare graduates to be cross-culturally competent, global citizens who can apply their skills, knowledge, cultural awareness, and social commitment to a wide variety of local, regional, national or international career choices (including law, government, non-governmental organizations) and graduate or professional programs. A study abroad experience is encouraged, but not required.
This program is available:
Required Language Core (0 - 16 cr)
Students with previous language study may be exempt from some core requirements and should consult the department about placement.
SPAN 1101 - Beginning Spanish I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
SPAN 1102 - Beginning Spanish II [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
SPAN 1201 - Intermediate Spanish I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
SPAN 1202 - Intermediate Spanish II [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
Electives (6 cr)
Other UMD courses that pertain to Latin America may be approved by an LAAS adviser.
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 3618 - Ancient Middle America (3.0 cr)
ANTH 3632 - Latin American Cultures (3.0 cr)
GEOG 3712 - Geography of Latin America (3.0 cr)
POL 3580 - Central American Politics (4.0 cr)
WS 3001 - Third World Women [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
WS 3002 - Latin American Women: Culture and Politics (3.0 cr)