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Program in Latin American Studies

Director

Rubén Gallo

Executive Committee

João G. Biehl, Anthropology

Eduardo L. Cadava, English

Miguel A. Centeno, Woodrow Wilson School, Sociology

Rubén Gallo, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures

Douglas S. Massey, Woodrow Wilson School, Sociology

Pedro Meira Monteiro, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures

Michael G. Wood, English, Comparative Literature

Associated Faculty

Jeremy I. Adelman, History

Daniela Campello, Woodrow Wilson School, Politics

Vera S. Candiani, History

Mariana P. Candido, History

Bruno Carvalho, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures

Esther da Costa Meyer, Art and Archaeology

Susana Draper, Comparative Literature

Mario I. Gandelsonas, Architecture

James L. Gould, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Robert A. Karl, History

Thomas D. Kaufmann, Art and Archaeology

Noriko Manabe, Music

F. Nick Nesbitt, French and Italian

Gabriela Nouzeilles, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures

Stephen W. Pacala, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Christina H. Paxson, Woodrow Wilson School, Economics

Ricardo E. Piglia, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures

Grigore Pop-Eleches, Woodrow Wilson School, Politics

Alejandro Portes, Sociology

Rachel Price, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures

Ignacio Rodríguez-Iturbe, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Esteban A. Rossi-Hansberg, Woodrow Wilson School, Economics

José A. Scheinkman, Economics

Edward L. Telles, Sociology

Marta Tienda, Woodrow Wilson School, Sociology

Alexandra T. Vazquez, English, African American Studies

Deborah J. Yashar, Woodrow Wilson School, Politics

Sits with Committee

Fernando Acosta-Rodríguez, Library

Kelly C. Baum, Art Museum

M. Patricia Fernández-Kelly, Sociology

Ana M. Goldani, Sociology

Bryan R. Just, Art Museum

Stanley N. Katz, Woodrow Wilson School


The Program in Latin American Studies promotes interdisciplinary study and seeks to inspire knowledge of and experience in Latin America and the non-English speaking Caribbean.

Courses are offered by the Departments of Anthropology, Art and Archaeology, Comparative Literature, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Economics, English, French and Italian (appropriate French courses only), History, Music, Politics, Sociology, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures, the Woodrow Wilson School, the Center for African American Studies, the Program in Latino Studies, and the Program in Latin American Studies. Through various approaches in the humanities and the social and natural sciences, the program seeks to guide students toward an understanding of Latin American culture, history, socioeconomic conditions, politics, and society. The student's work is supervised by a departmental adviser and is combined with a departmental program in a regular field of concentration.

Admission to the Program

Students normally enter the program in the sophomore year, but an earlier start is encouraged. The requirements for admission are:

1. Satisfactory completion of the requirements for admission to a department.

2. Satisfactory completion of SPA 107 or its equivalent. It is strongly recommended that Spanish-section students also complete a minimum of POR 108 where feasible and SPA 222. FRE 107 or its equivalent is required for those students planning to specialize in French-speaking areas. FRE 207 is strongly recommended.

Program of Study

For satisfactory completion of the program, a student must meet the following requirements:

1. Completion of the normal departmental program in the major department.

2. Satisfactory completion of the language requirement in Spanish, Portuguese, or French (or equivalent). This requirement also applies to certificate candidates who are pursuing degrees in the sciences and engineering.

3. Satisfactory completion of five courses in Latin American subjects sponsored or cross-listed by the program. At least one of these courses must be in Spanish American or Brazilian literature taught in either language, as well as one in history and one from anthropology, economics, politics, or sociology. The remaining two courses may be selected from any field.

Additional courses that may be used to satisfy program course requirements are:

Anthropology 335 Medical Anthropology
Economics 351 Economics of Development
Spanish 346 Modern Latin American Fiction in Translation (This course counts for Latin American studies credit only if readings and writings are done in Spanish or Portuguese.)

Written course work for ANT 335 and ECO 351 must be on a Latin American or Caribbean topic.

With the program director's permission, a maximum of two courses not listed above or from study abroad may, if they are relevant to the student's area of research, be designated as "cognates" and count toward satisfaction of the course requirement.

Students pursuing science studies may fulfill program requirements by taking a number of approved courses in ecology and evolutionary biology and environmental studies.

No course may be taken pass/D/fail or audit for program credit.

4. At least one of the five qualifying courses must be an advanced undergraduate seminar in Latin American studies that examines significant problems of the region in an interdisciplinary fashion.

5. Completion of a senior thesis on a Latin American subject. Normally it should be written under the supervision of a faculty member associated with the program. If this is not the case, a faculty member associated with the program should be consulted early in the senior year concerning available sources. The thesis should also demonstrate an ability to use primary source materials in Spanish, Portuguese, or French, or, in more general terms, materials from the country, region, or countries studied, or from Latin American sources when appropriate. If the senior thesis is not devoted exclusively to a Latin American topic, the director and relevant program faculty will determine its acceptability. Ordinarily, at least half of the thesis content will deal with Latin America or the Caribbean, or a substantial portion of the research for the thesis should be conducted in a language--other than English--spoken in Latin America or the Caribbean.

6. Students majoring in science or engineering, but whose thesis cannot be devoted to a Latin American topic, may complete the program requirements by writing a research paper of sufficient complexity and length to substitute for the thesis requirement. The topic should be determined in consultation with the director and relevant program faculty.

Certificate of Proficiency

Students who have met the requirements of the program and of their departments will receive upon graduation a certificate of proficiency in Latin American studies.

Program Seminars. Latin American seminars are designed particularly for juniors and seniors enrolled in the program but are available to all students with permission of the instructor. Normally two or three seminars are offered each year.


Courses


LAS 210 Urban Sociology: The City and Social Change in the Americas (see SOC 210)

LAS 221 Art of Hispania (see ART 221)

LAS 222 Introduction to Latin American Cultures (see SPA 222)

LAS 223 Introduction to the Literature and Culture of the Portuguese-Speaking World (see POR 221)

LAS 245 Social Change: Modernization and Revolution (see SOC 245)

LAS 248 Modern Mexican Society (see SOC 248)

LAS 300 The Literature and Culture of Spain and Colonial Latin America: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque (see SPA 300)

LAS 301 Seminar. Research Methods, Sources, and Trends in Latin America Area Studies   Not offered this year

An examination of research trends, techniques, and resources necessary for the study of Latin America and the Caribbean in the social sciences and the humanities. The seminar is designed to expose students to the most relevant trends, scenarios, and strategies in both bibliographic and ethnographic field research. Prerequisites: reading knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese. Open to freshmen and sophomores. Staff

LAS 303 Modern Brazilian Literature and Culture (see POR 301)

LAS 304 Modern Latin America since 1810 (see HIS 304)

LAS 305 Colonial Latin America to 1810 (see HIS 303)

LAS 306 History of the Modern Caribbean (see HIS 305)

LAS 309 Topics in the Sociology of Latin America (see SOC 309)

LAS 310 Gender and Development in the Americas (see SOC 310)

LAS 311 Topics in Brazilian Cultural and Social History (see POR 304)

LAS 315 Luso-Afro-Brazilian Literary Traditions (see POR 300)

LAS 319 Brazilian Cinema (see POR 319)

LAS 327 Modernism in Fiction (see COM 327)

LAS 331 Modern Latin American Fiction (see SPA 331)

LAS 332 Modern Latin American Poetry (see SPA 332)

LAS 336 Latinos in American Life and Culture (see LAO 200)

LAS 338 The Sociology of Latinos in the U.S. (see SOC 338)

LAS 342 Topics in Latin American Modernity (see SPA 342)

LAS 343 The Invention of Latin American Traditions (see SPA 343)

LAS 344 Literature and Society in Early Latin America (see SPA 344)

LAS 345 Topics in Latin American Literature and Ideology (see SPA 345)

LAS 346 Topics in Country and Regional Economics (see ECO 371)

LAS 348 Fictions and Communities in the Andes (see SPA 348)

LAS 349 Topics in Latin American Cultural Studies (see SPA 350)

LAS 350 Pre-Columbian Peoples of Tropical America and Their Environments (see EEB 332)

LAS 351 Tropical Biology (see EEB 338)

LAS 353 Topics in Gender and Representation (see SPA 353)

LAS 356 Topics in the Politics of Writing and Difference (see SPA 352)

LAS 366 Ancient Arts of Mexico (see ART 366)

LAS 367 Latin American Politics (see POL 367)

LAS 368 Political Economy of Latin America (see POL 368)

LAS 375 Special Topics in Creative Writing (see CWR 345)

LAS 401 Latin American Studies Seminar (also SPA 410)   Fall LA

The seminar will concentrate upon themes and topics in Latin American history, politics, society, literature, and/or culture. The focus will vary from year to year. Staff

LAS 402 Latin American Studies Seminar (also POR 410/HIS 402)   Spring HA

The seminar will concentrate upon themes and topics in Latin American history, politics, society, literature, and/or culture. The focus will vary from year to year. Staff

LAS 403 Latin American Studies Seminar (also SPA 407/COM 420)   Not offered this year LA

The seminar will concentrate upon themes and topics in Latin American history, politics, society, literature, and/or culture. The focus will vary from year to year. Staff

LAS 404 Latin American Studies Seminar (also SPA 409/POR 409)   Not offered this year

The seminar will concentrate upon themes and topics in Latin American history, politics, society, literature, and/or culture. The focus will vary from year to year. Staff

LAS 405 Latin American Studies Seminar   Not offered this year

The seminar will concentrate upon themes and topics in Latin American history, politics, society, literature, and/or culture. The focus will vary from year to year. Staff

LAS 406 Latin American Studies Seminar (also ARC 411/SPA 406)   Fall LA

The seminar will concentrate upon themes and topics in Latin American history, politics, society, literature, and/or culture. The focus will vary from year to year. Staff

LAS 408 Selected Topics in 20th-Century Latin America (see HIS 408)

LAS 428 Topics in Hispanic Culture (Europe and America) (see SPA 401)

LAS 431 Seminar in Comparative Politics (see POL 431)

LAS 432 Seminar in Comparative Politics (see POL 432)

LAS 443 Global Exchange in Art and Architecture (see ART 443)