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Latin American Studies Concentration

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Program Overview

The Latin American Studies Concentration is a multidisciplinary program that offers students who have studied Spanish the opportunity to add a regional focus to their studies. The concentration provides a coherent framework for the study of Latin America. The concentration is designed to prepare students for becoming leaders with specialized knowledge of the peoples, cultures, languages, and social systems of Latin America. It is also intended for heritage speakers of Spanish who wish to gain greater understanding of their identity, as well as for those who simply wish to acquire more knowledge about Latin American.

Latin American Studies Concentration

The Latin American Studies Concentration requires 18 credits of coursework, 12 credits of which must be taken at Drake. No more than nine credits may be completed in any single discipline. The courses listed below will count toward the concentration, and the LASC advisor may approve other appropriate courses.

Latin American Studies concentrators must complete at least one Spanish class above the SPAN 052-level (fourth semester) at Drake or one Portuguese class above the fourth semester at another institution.  

Study abroad in Latin America is strongly advised. The study abroad program in Latin America must be approved by both Drake and the Latin American Studies advisor (a tenured or tenure-track Spanish professor or the chair of WLC in consultation with the student’s primary advisor). Up to six credit credits from the study abroad experience may be applied toward the concentration.

The student, in consultation with his or her Latin American Studies advisor, determines the distribution of courses comprising the concentration. Together, student and advisee design a multidisciplinary program with courses chosen from at least two different disciplines. Courses chosen to complete the concentration should fulfill the goals of the Latin American Studies Concentration specified in the Program Overview above.

Students are required to develop a special thematic or regional interest (potential tracks might include human rights in Latin America; politics in Latin America; the U.S.-Mexico border region and immigration; energy, resources and the environment; business in Latin America; and languages and cultures) and to pursue that interest through a relevant selection of courses. Students will either select one of these tracks or propose a different one, subject to approval by her/his LASC advisor. Once the student has decided on a thematic or regional interest, s/he should compose a short paper in which the student’s individual objectives for the concentration are articulated, as well as the rationale for the selection of particular courses. The LASC advisor will approve the paper and/or suggest revisions.

No capstone will be required as students are likely to incorporate knowledge acquired while earning the Concentration in capstones for their majors. Although there is no capstone for the concentration, once the requirements for the concentration have been completed or in the student’s final semester prior to graduation, s/he must write a reflective paper describing the extent to which the objectives the student identified when declaring the concentration were met. The LASC advisor will discuss the paper with the student.

Approved Courses

ACTS 198 - Family, Lifestyles, and Annuity Tables (J-Term)
COUN 145/245 - Counseling Diverse Populations (J-Term)
ECON 135 - Developing Economies
ENG 066 - Reading Race & Ethnicity
ENG 083 - English in America: Language, Citizenship, and Identity
ENG 163 - Transcultural Literature
ENG 164 - Latino/a Culture
HIST 123 - Modern Mexico
HIST 124 - Aztecs, Incas, Mayas
HIST 125 - Colonial Latin America
HIST 126 - Modern Latin America
HIST 156 - Sex, Power, and War - Aztec Empire
HONR 073 - US Latino Language and Culture
JMC 199 - Family, Lifestyles, and Innuity Tables (J-Term)
SCSA 002 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
SCSA 150 - Migrant Oral History
SCSA 150 - US-Mexico Borderlands
SCSA 156 - Ethnographic Methods
SCSS 155 - Global Youth Studies
SCSS 196 - Contemporary Urban Mexico (J-Term)
SPAN 140 - Spanish Practical Speaking & Writing
SPAN 150 - Spanish Language & Culture
SPAN 151 - National Identity-Transitional Age
SPAN 152 - Spanish Film
SPAN 153 - Multilingual Societies
SPAN 160 - Spanish Language & Literature
SPAN 165 - Spanish for Health Care Providers
WGS 111 - Latino/a Literature
WLC 196 - Contemporary Urban Mexico (J-Term)

Additional courses may be approved by the World Languages and Cultures Department as necessary.

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