About the Concentration
Latin American and Caribbean studies is a regionally focused interdisciplinary concentration at the major and minor levels of the Special Program in Liberal Studies/International & Global Studies (SPLS/IGS). It is perfect for students who wish to study the Latin American and Caribbean regions (defined as including Mexico, Central America, South America, and the islands located in the Greater and Lesser Antilles) in multiple historical contexts and from a variety of complementary perspectives. Course work with content focusing 51% or more on Latin American and Caribbean history, politics, geography, economics, belief systems, social issues, arts and literatures, film genres, and cultures is most relevant for this major.
Major in SPLS/IGS with a concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Students pursuing the major-level concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies complete 30 semester hours of course work to include:
- 6 s.h. of course work, at the 300-level or higher, on one of the foreign languages of Latin America or the Caribbean (especially Spanish, possibly French; other region-appropriate languages must be approved by the Director);
- 6 s.h of IGS core courses: IGS 200: “Introduction to International and Global Studies” and IGS 400: “Capstone Seminar in International and Global Studies*;
* Students with this concentration will develop their end-of-major capstone research project for IGS 400 around a topic inspired by an issue of concern in present-day Latin America and/or the Caribbean.
- 18 s.h. of Additional Course work (at least 9 s.h. of which must be at the 300-level or higher) on international and/or global topics corresponding to the four content categories of IGS: Society and Politics; Economics and Development; Arts and Literature; Belief Systems and Cultures.** At least 12 s.h. must comprise course work whose content focuses 51% or more on Latin America and/or the Caribbean; 6-9 s.h. of these courses must be at the 300-level or higher.
** Note: To ensure category breadth, no more than 9 s.h. may come from a single category; after that, no more than 6 s.h. may come from any other category.
- International/Global Experience Requirement: Starting fall 2014, new majors must complete a qualified study abroad experience by the end of their studies. Latin American and Caribbean Studies majors will complete this requirement in Latin America or the Caribbean.
Second major in SPLS/IGS with a concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. The second major must meet the same requirements as the Major, with at least 12 s.h. taken outside the student’s first major.
Minor in SPLS/IGS with a concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. The minor must complete 18 s.h., including the IGS modern foreign language requirement (6 s.h.), an Intro Core course (IGS 200) (3 s.h.), and 3 Additional Courses whose content focuses 51% or more on Latin America and/or the Caribbean (9 s.h.), with at least 2 courses (6 s.h.) at the upper-level and representing at least 2 program categories.