Liberal Arts AA – Latin American Studies Option

Code: AA.LA.LATST

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in a study abroad program while earning credits toward their degree. It is recommended that students investigate this option early in their course selection.

This interdisciplinary degree option has been developed to give students the opportunity to take courses that focus on Latin American history, literature and Spanish language, selecting from a variety of courses currently offered at the college. This option will prepare transfer students interested in pursuing a bachelor degree with career opportunities to work in Latin America or with the U.S. Latino population in business, communications, criminal justice, education, health care, travel and tourism, hotel and restaurant management, and social work.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze a variety of texts about the history and culture of Latin America.
  • Understand basic principles and periods of Latin American artistic production.
  • Apply knowledge of different critical approaches to understanding Latin American cultures.
  • Demonstrate both critical and methodological insight in a relevant field of Latin American studies through a research project.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a relevant language.

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

MAT  Mathematics Elective*† 3-4
HIS-102West Civilization since the Reformation

3

PHR-111Social and Political Philosophy

3

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Second Semester

MAT/CIS/INF  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology Elective*† 3-4
  or  
  Free Elective† 3

HIS-111US History to the Reconstruction

3

POL-102International Relations

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

GEO-101World Geography

3

HIS-130Latin American History to the Independence

3

-or

HIS-132The Spanish Speaking Caribbean and Central America since 1898

3

Total Credit Hours:18-19

Third Semester

  Natural Science Elective* 4
HIS-131Latin American History since the Independence

3

LAN-231Intermediate Spanish I

3

-or

LAN-228Elementary Spanish for Heritage Speakers

3

ECO-102Principles of Microeconomics

3

LIT-223Contemporary Latin American Literature

3

-or

LAN-236Spanish American Literature

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Free Elective‡ 2-4
SOC-222Ethnic-Minor Group Relations

3

LAN-232Intermediate Spanish II

3

-or

LAN-229Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Speakers

3

LAN-233Spanish Conversation

3

Total Credit Hours:15-17

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

History

HIS-102West Civilization since the Reformation

3

HIS-111US History to the Reconstruction

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities

LAN-231Intermediate Spanish I

3

-or

LAN-228Elementary Spanish for Heritage Speakers

3

LAN-232Intermediate Spanish II

3

-or

LAN-229Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Speakers

3

PHR-111Social and Political Philosophy

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Social Sciences

GEO-101World Geography

3

POL-102International Relations

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

  Mathematics* 3-4
  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology* 0-3
  Natural Science Electives* 8
Total Credit Hours:12-14

Diversity Course:

HIS-131Latin American History since the Independence

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45-47

Program Requirements

ECO-102Principles of Microeconomics

3

HIS-130Latin American History to the Independence

3

-or

HIS-132The Spanish Speaking Caribbean and Central America since 1898

3

LAN-233Spanish Conversation

3

LIT-223Contemporary Latin American Literature

3

-or

LAN-236Spanish American Literature

3

SOC-222Ethnic-Minor Group Relations

3

Total Credit Hours: 15

Free Electives‡

Total Credit Hours: 2-6

Total Credit Hours: 64-66

*General Education Elective(s)

†If a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 3-credit course, then s/he is required to select a second 3- or 4-credit elective in the second semester in Mathematics or Computer Science; and if a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 4-credit course, then s/he is required to take a 3-credit Free Elective in the second semester (which may be a second Mathematics elective). This can also be LAN-113 or LAN-230, depending on language proficiency. ‡Recommended: IST-123 Success 101.

Students may take the CLEP exam to earn LAN credits.