Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for

Anna Maria Escobar, Director of Center
201 International Studies Building, 910 South Fifth Street, Champaign
PH: (217) 333-3182
http://www.clacs.illinois.edu

A major in Latin American Studies, which is administered by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, provides an integrated exploration of a major world area. Depending upon the student's interests and career aspirations, individual programs of study are designed in close consultation with the Associate Director of the Center, who also serves as the academic adviser. Consultation revolves around the career goals of the student. The undergraduate program reflects an integrative, cross-disciplinary approach, and courses must be taken in at least three of these five areas or perspectives:

  1. anthropological and geographical;
  2. historical;
  3. humanistic;
  4. social, political, and economic;
  5. ecological and environmental.

Courses for the major must be selected in consultation with the Associate Director of the Center.

Students are also expected to demonstrate a substantial command of a Latin American language (Spanish, Portuguese, Quechua or other Native American language indigenous to Middle or South America), either by passing a proficiency examination or through advanced courses of Latin American language(s) beyond the general Liberal Arts and Sciences language requirement.

Major in Latin American Studies

Major in Sciences and Letters Curriculum

E-mail: clacs@illinois.edu

Degree title: Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Minimum required major and supporting course work equates to 45 hours

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.

A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Affairs Office before the end of the fifth semester (60-75 hours). Please see your adviser.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours1

Departmental distinction: To be eligible, a student must achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average in the major, complete a senior thesis, and receive the approval of the center's research committee.

LAST 170Introduction to Latin America 23
LAST 490Individual Study 33
Approved courses with Latin American content including courses in the following perspectives: 433-34
Anthropological and Geographical Perspective. Normally courses in anthropology and geography.
Historical Perspective. Normally courses in history.
Humanistic Perspective. Normally courses in Spanish and Portuguese literature, comparative literature, linguistics, art history, and music.
Social, Political, and Economic Perspective. Normally courses in sociology, rural sociology, political science, economics, and agricultural economics.
Ecological and Environmental Perspective. Normally courses in biology, forestry, and physical anthropology (primatology).
When appropriate, approved courses with Latin American content in other scientific and professional areas may be substituted for courses in the five perspectives listed above with the consent of the Associate Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
Advanced conversation and composition in a Latin American language (Spanish, Portuguese, Quechua or other Native American language indigenous to Middle or South America) beyond the level specified by the LAS language requirement, or the equivalent as demonstrated by special examination. Students successfully completing the examination are expected to use these 5 or 6 hours in approved courses of Latin American content from any of the above perspectives (including literature courses). At the end of their language study, all students are urged to take an oral proficiency test based on ACTFL guidelines.5-6
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Each student's course of study is devised in consultation with the Associate Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and is subject to the Associate Director's approval.

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Normally taken in the freshman or sophomore year.

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Normally taken in the senior year.

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Includes 12 hours in one of the listed perspectives, 9 semester hours each in two other perspectives. Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.

Interdisciplinary Minor in Latin American Studies

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies offers an interdisciplinary minor for students majoring in another discipline. The minor in Latin American Studies consists of a total of 21 credit hours selected from offerings by the Center and various departments. This program must be approved by the Associate Director.

The minor is for those students who wish to concentrate their work in a specific discipline yet maintain a Latin American focus in their coursework. For students completing a major sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the department or unit sponsoring the student's major must approve the minor.

E-mail: clacs@illinois.edu

Web address for department: http://www.clacs.illinois.edu

Two courses in a Latin American language (Spanish, Portuguese, Quechua or other Native American language indigenous to Middle or South America) beyond the level specified by the LAS language requirement, or the equivalent as demonstrated by special examination. At the end of their language study, all students are urged to take an oral proficiency test based on ACTFL guidelines.5-6
Courses drawn from the Latin American Studies curriculum. The curriculum normally consists of courses with 50 percent or more Latin American content and is defined according to a list maintained and regularly updated by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Courses include:15-16
Introduction to Latin America
No more than 6 hours chosen from a single department
Six hours of 300- to 400-level course offerings
No more than 6 hours of literature
Total Hours21

LAST Class Schedule

Courses

LAST 170   Introduction to Latin America   credit: 3 Hours.

Interdisciplinary introduction to the ways of life of Latin American peoples, their origins and current expressions; discusses social, economic issues, and domestic and international policies related to them in the context of other societies in developing countries.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Non-Western Cultures
UIUC: Social Sciences

LAST 240   Constr Afr and Carib Identity   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as AFST 209, CWL 225, and FR 240. See FR 240.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Non-Western Cultures

LAST 395   Special Topics   credit: 2 to 4 Hours.

Topical survey of cultural, social, economic, and political factors in Latin American life. Each term a particular topic is considered. Prerequisite: A basic course in a humanities or social science discipline.

LAST 445   Native Latin Amer Languages   credit: 2 to 4 Hours.

Upon the consent of the Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, tutorials are available in special native Latin American languages not regularly offered by the University (ie. Quechua, Kagchikel Mayan). Tutorials at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels may be arranged. Students registering for unit credit for the first two terms must first present satisfactory evidence of knowledge of the language at the elementary level, either in the form of credit earned at another institution or by passing a proficiency examination. 2 to 4 undergraduate hours. 2 to 4 graduate hours. May be repeated in 6 terms successively, to a maximum of 16 hours. Graduate credit is given only for work beyond the elementary level. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

LAST 490   Individual Study   credit: 1 to 5 Hours.

Major tutorial normally taken in the senior year. Students read the works from list devised in consultation with a faculty tutor and write a term paper. 1 to 5 undergraduate hours. 1 to 5 graduate hours. May be repeated as topics vary to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: LAST 170; a declared major in Latin American and Caribbean Studies; consent of instructor.