Requirements

Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx (LACLaS) Studies Major

Language Proficiency

Prospective majors should demonstrate competency in a language spoken in Latin America, equivalent to intermediate advanced Spanish, French, or Portuguese. This requirement may be satisfied through the completion of HISP 2204 or FRS 2204 at Bowdoin, placement beyond these courses, or through an oral interview and the submission of a writing sample to the program’s director. The language requirement must be completed by the end of the junior year. 

The major consists of nine courses:

Required Courses
Select one course in history covering several countries and/or periods in Latin America, the Caribbean, and/or Latinx communities in the US, such as:1
HIST 2401
Colonial Latin America
HIST 2402
Modern Latin America: From Subjects to Citizens
HIST 2403
Revolutions in Latin America: The People Take the Stage
HIST 2430
Gendering Latin American History
Select one course in the humanities (other than history) that focuses on cultural production (such as literature, arts, music, dance, art history, and/or media) and covers two or more countries and/or periods in Latin America, the Hispanic or Francophone Caribbean, and/or Latinx communities in the US, such as:1
ARTH 1300
Introduction to the Arts of Ancient Mexico and Peru
HISP 2409
Introduction to Hispanic Studies: Poetry and Theater
HISP 2410
Introduction to Hispanic Studies: Essay and Narrative
HISP 3228
Beyond the Postcard: Thinking and Writing the Caribbean
LAS 1045
Social Justice Warriors of the Americas
MUS 1271
Experiencing Latin American Music
Select one intermediate course (2500–2799) in the social sciences (anthropology, economics, government, psychology, or sociology) that focuses on Latin America or Latinx in the US, such as: a1
ANTH 2737
Family, Gender,and Sexuality in Latin America
ANTH 2830
Descendants of the Sun: The Inca and their Ancestors
GSWS 2345
Race, Gender, and Intimacy in Brazil
GOV 2482
Food, Environment, and Development
SOC 2320
Latinx in the United States
Select one advanced seminar in Latin American studies, such as:1
ANTH 3320
Youth and Agency in Insecure Times
HISP 2505
The Making of a Race: Latinx Fictions
HISP 3117
Hispanic Cities in Cinema: Utopia, Distopia, and Transnationality
HISP 3252
The Battle of Chile: From Allende to Pinochet
HISP 3220
Health and Healing in Early Modern Spain and Spanish America
HISP 3235
Mexican Fictions: Voices from the Border
HISP 3249
The Southern Cone Revisited: Contemporary Challenges
HIST 2862
The Haitian Revolution
HIST 3404
Crime and Punishment in Latin America
LAS 2720
Between the Alamo and the Wall: Latinx Activism in the United States,Latinx in the United States
SOC 3410
Migrant Imaginaries (Select five elective courses in Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies, four of which should be taken at the 2000, 3000 or 4000-level)
Select five elective courses in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx studies, four of which should be taken at the 2000, 3000, or 4000 level.5

Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies Minor

 

The minor consists of five courses.

Required Courses
Select one course in Latin America history covering several countries and periods in the region, such as LAS 2401, LAS 2402, LAS 2403, or LAS 2430.1
Select one course in the humanities or the social sciences covering several countries and periods in Latin America, the Hispanic or Francophone Caribbean, or Latinx communities in the US.1
Select three elective courses in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx studies, two of which should be taken at the 2000, 3000, or 4000 level. 3

Additional Information and Program Policies

  • Majors and minors in LACLaS are expected to take courses on different periods of the history of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Latin American and Caribbean communities in the United States.
  • Majors and minors in LACLaS are highly encouraged to pursue immersion in Latin America or the Caribbean, as well as research opportunities in the region. Students should consult with their advisors and the Office of Off-Campus Study for information about available programs and research travel grants.  
  • Up to three credits from off-campus study (excluding first- and second-year language courses) may count toward the major. Up to two credits from off-campus study (excluding language courses) may count toward the minor. Approval of the director of LACLaS for those courses is required. Please inquire in advance of enrollment in a program.
  • Up to two independent studies (4000-level courses) in Latin American studies may count toward the major.
  • Up to three courses outside the program may count toward the major and two may count toward the minor.
  • Up to one of the courses outside the program may be a non cross-listed course at Bowdoin, with the approval of the program director.

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