Stephen F. Austin State University

Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies Minor Information and Requirements

Latin American Studies Minor (18 hours)
Jose Neftali Recinos, Coordinator
Vera Dugas Liberal Arts North, Rm 233
(936) 468-4303
E-mail: recinosjn@sfasu.edu

ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Neill Armstrong (Secondary Education & Educational Leadership), Leslie Cecil (Anthropology), Wilma Cordova (Social Work), Jason Dormady (History), Piero Fenci (Art), Joyce Johnston (Modern Languages), Charles Jones (Art), Elizabeth Rhodes, (Dance), Daniel G. Scognamillo (Forestry), Jeana Paul-Ureña (Modern Languages), Juan Carlos Ureña (Modern Languages)

OBJECTIVES
The minor in Latin American Studies allows students to become acquainted with Latin America through a variety of disciplines. This unique view will enable them to understand how the countries in this region have both strong similarities and striking differences. SFA's Program in Latin American Studies combines several academic disciplines including Art, Dance, Geography, History, Literature, Modern Languages, and Political Science. By combining complementary approaches to important issues, LAS provides students with the skills necessary to approach Latin American topics from the broadest possible perspective and comprehend today's complex issues.

REQUIREMENTS
In order to fulfill the requirements for Latin American Studies minor, students are required to complete all of the following:
1. Spanish courses through SPA 232 (SPA 235 may be substituted for SPA 232).
2. Students are required to take an introductory course, LAS 300, and a capstone course, LAS 450.

LATIN AMERICAN STUDES (LAS) COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:
300. Introduction to Latin American Studies - Team-taught course representing a variety of disciplines which prepares students for the minor by acquainting them with the broad view - countries and regions; people, traditions, and cultures; major events and movements; important political and cultural figures; and significant and representative cultural products such as literature, music, and dance.

315. Culture and Tradition - Exploration and study of culture and tradition, including topics such as health practices in Latin America, Latin America film studies, or country specific area studies. May be repeated once for credit with change of topic.

450. Latin American Studies - Independent study on selected topic, including study abroad opportunities, relevant to student's major field of interest. Interdisciplinary research integrates at least three areas of study about Latin America. Research paper required.

475. Advanced Independent Studies in LAS - Individual instruction, conference and research on selected topic, including study abroad opportunities, relevant to the student's major field of interest. Interdisciplinary research integrates at least three areas of study about Latin America. Research paper required. May be repeated once with a different topic.

Elective Courses (12 hours)
No more than 6 hours can be taken from any one discipline.
Anthropology: *ANT 231, ANT 382, *ANT 477
Art: ART 488
Dance: DAN 200 (2 hours)
English: ENG 372, *ENG 405
Geography: *GEO 375, *GEO 450
History: *HIS 313, HIS 331, HIS 332, HIS 333, HIS 416
Political Science: PSC 304A
Spanish: SPA 250, SPA 304, SPA 330, SPA 331, SPA 350, SPA 409, SPA 433, SPA 435

*Topics courses only apply when they focus on Latin America
Other electives may be substituted with the consent of the Director of the Division of Multidisciplinary Programs.