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Latin American and Caribbean Studies Major Requirements

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Credit Hours: 37+

"PR" indicates a pre-requisite. "CO" indicates a co-requisite.

Courses within this major may also satisfy general education requirements. Please consult http://registrar.cofc.edu/general-edu for more information.

Major Requirements

The curriculum in Latin American and Caribbean Studies is divided into two sequences. Category A: History - Politics - Society and Category B: Literature-Art-Culture. To ensure depth and breadth, students must take 15 credit hours in each sequence with no more than 12 credit hours in any one discipline (except LACS); and no more than 15 credit hours at the 200-level or below (except LACS). All students must take the LACS 101 Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies; INTL 300 Comparative Methodology in International Studies; and the LACS 495 Latin American and Caribbean Studies Capstone.

All students are required to take an additional year of foreign language beyond the College general education foreign language requirement. Students must fulfill their language requirement in Spanish, Portuguese or French. The language requirement may be fulfilled by 6 semesters (or the equivalent) in one language or four semesters in one language and two semesters in another.

All majors are required to spend one semester or summer in a study or internship abroad program and earn a minimum of 6 credit hours (which may be part of the 37 credit hour major). Abroad program must be arranged with the Director of the Program and with the provision for an alternative or exemption on the basis of special circumstances.

The courses listed below may be supplemented by Special Topics, Tutorials, Independent Studies, Internships and Bachelor’s Essays that focus on Latin America and /or the Caribbean in the various disciplines as well as study abroad courses not taken in College of Charleston programs.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies majors may also double major or minor in other fields. Double majors and minors gain extra skills and knowledge.

Required Courses

LACS 101

Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies (3) PR: None

INTL 300

Comparative Methodology (1) PR: Students should take INTL 300 after completing 15 credit hours of the major.

LACS 495

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Capstone (3) PR: Students should take the LACS 495 after completing 30 credit hours of the major.

Select five courses totaling 15 credit hours from the courses listed in Category A:

Category A: History - Politics - Civilization

History

HIST 262

Colonial Latin America (3) PR: One course in pre-modern history and one course in modern history from the list of approved courses satisfying the general education history requirement (see http://registrar.cofc.edu/general-edu).

HIST 263

Latin America Since Independence (3) PR: One course in pre-modern history and one course in modern history from the list of approved courses satisfying the general education history requirement (see http://registrar.cofc.edu/general-edu).

HIST 364

Sugar and Slaves in Colonial Brazil (3) PR: One course in pre-modern history and one course in modern history from the list of approved courses satisfying the general education history requirement (see http://registrar.cofc.edu/general-edu).

HIST 365

Modern Brazil (3) PR: One course in pre-modern history and one course in modern history from the list of approved courses satisfying the general education history requirement (see http://registrar.cofc.edu/general-edu).

HIST 366

Comparative Slavery in the Americas (3) PR: One course in pre-modern history and one course in modern history from the list of approved courses satisfying the general education history requirement (see http://registrar.cofc.edu/general-edu).

Politics

POLI 340

Politics of Latin America (3) PR: None

POLI 347

International Development: Theories and Practices (3) PR: None

POLI 351

Politics of Contemporary Brazil (3) PR: None

POLI 245

Cuban Revolution (3) PR: None

POLI 266

International Diplomacy Studies (3) PR: None

Sociology/Anthropology

ANTH 328

Aztecs, Maya and their Ancestors (3) PR: ANTH 101 or ANTH 202 or instructor permission

ANTH 325

Peoples and Cultures of Latin America (3) PR: ANTH 101 or ANTH 202 or instructor permission

ANTH 327

Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean (3) PR: ANTH 101 or ANTH 202 or instructor permission

SOCY 362

Social and Cultural Change (3) PR: SOCY 101 or HONS 167 or SOCY 102

Spanish

SPAN 333

Topics in Hispanic Cultures (3) PR: SPAN 313 and one of the following: 312, 314, 317, 328; or SPAN 350. Department chair permission required.

French

FREN 326

A Survey of Francophone Civilization (3) PR: FREN 313 and FREN 314 or instructor permission

Select five courses totaling 15 credit hours from the courses listed in Category B:

Category B: Literature –Art– Culture

Art History

ARTH 205

Pre-Columbian Art and Culture (3) PR: None

ARTH 255

Latin American Colonial Art (3) PR: None

English

ENGL 233

Survey of Non-Western 20th Century Literature (3) PR: ENGL 110 or equivalent

ENGL 234

Survey of Third World Masterpieces (3) PR: ENGL 110 or equivalent

ENGL 358

Colonial and Post-Colonial British Literature (3) PR: ENGL 110 or equivalent

Portuguese Literature In Translation

LTPO 150

Portuguese Literature in (English) Translation (3) PR: None

LTPO 250

Portuguese Literature in (English) Translation: A Foreign Literature(3) PR: None

LTPO 270

Studies in Brazilian Film (3) PR: None

LTPO 280

Studies in Brazilian Civilization and Culture Through Literature (3) PR: None

LTPO 350

Portuguese Literature in (English) Translation: A Foreign Author (3) PR: None

LTPO 450

Portuguese Literature in (English) Translation: Comparative Literature (3) PR: None

Spanish Literature In Translation

LTSP 150

Literature in (English) Translation: Gallery World Literatures (3) PR: None

LTSP 250

Literature in (English) Translation: A Foreign Literature (3) PR: None

LTSP 252

Contemporary Latin American Literature in Translation (3) PR: None

LTSP 254

Society, History and Culture in Spanish-American Literature (3) PR: None

LTSP 256

Magic and The Real: Latin American Literature and Film (3) PR: None

LTSP 350

Spanish Literature in (English) Translation: A Foreign Author (3) PR: None

LTSP 450

Spanish Literature in (English) Translation: Comparative Literature (3) PR: None

Portuguese

PORT 291

Portuguese for Spanish Speakers (3) PR: Spanish native speakers, Spanish majors or minors (or completed 15 or more credit hours in college-level Spanish) or instructor permission.

Spanish

SPAN 315

Special Assignment Abroad (3) PR: SPAN 313 and one of the following: SPAN 312, 314, 328; or SPAN 350; or instructor permission

SPAN 328

Spanish Language Study Abroad (3) PR: SPAN 275 or instructor permission

SPAN 371

Survey of Spanish American Literature I (3) PR: SPAN 320 or instructor permission

SPAN 372

Survey of Spanish American Literature II (3) PR: SPAN 320 or instructor permission

SPAN 447

Spanish Dialectology (3) PR: SPAN 381 or instructor permission

SPAN 454

Contemporary Spanish-American Poetry (3) PR: SPAN 320 and an additional 300-level literature course; or instructor permission

SPAN 455

Contemporary Spanish-American Fiction (3) PR: SPAN 320 and an additional 300-level literature course; or instructor permission

SPAN 456

Contemporary Spanish-American Theatre (3) PR: SPAN 320 and an additional 300-level literature course; or instructor permission

SPAN 457

Early Colonial Spanish-American Texts (3) PR: SPAN 320 and an additional 300-level literature course; or instructor permission

SPAN 458

Contemporary Hispanic Caribbean Theater (3) PR: SPAN 320 and an additional 300-level literature course; or instructor permission

French

FREN 320

A Survey of Francophone Literature (3) PR: FREN 313 and FREN 314 or instructor permission

LACS courses may count for Category A or B

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

LACS 103

Introduction to Contemporary Cuba (3) PR: None

LACS 104

Introduction to Contemporary Chile (3) PR: None

LACS 105

Introduction to Contemporary Brazil (3) PR: None

LACS 106

Introduction to Contemporary Argentina (3) PR: None

LACS 200

Special Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (3) PR: None

LACS 300

Special Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (3) PR: None

LACS 332

Latin American Politics and Society in Film (3) PR: None

LACS 400

Independent Study in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (3) PR: None

LACS 401

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Internship (1-4) PR: None

LACS 499

Bachelor’s Essay (6) PR: None