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Latin American Studies

The Latin American Studies minor offers Sweet Briar students the opportunity to study the region composed of Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. The interdisciplinary approach allows students to explore various aspects of the area such as religion, history, politics, and literature. To provide a deeper cultural understanding and to insure a minimum level of communication skills in the major language of the region, Spanish proficiency through the 202-level is required. Students are encouraged to consider an approved study abroad experience in Latin America. This minor provides an excellent complement to majors in anthropology, environmental studies, government, international affairs, and religion, and prepares students for work in fields such as business, teaching, government and non-profits.

 

The Latin American Studies Minor
Course Descriptions

 

The Latin American Studies Minor
(18-21 semester hours)

Required:
LAST 201     (3)    Latin American Culture I
LAST 202     (3)    Latin American Culture II
LAST 302     (3)    Special Topics in Latin American Studies

Choose 3 of the following:
ARTH 223   (3)     Art of the Later Americas
ARTH 245   (3)     Art of the Early Americas
GOVT 318   (3)    Comparative Politics of Latin America
HIST 308     (3)    Encounters, Conquest, and European Expansion, 1350-1650
HIST 339     (3)    Slavery and Emancipation in America
LAST 302    (3)    Special Topics in Latin American Studies (can be repeated when content changes)
RELG 235   (3)    Latin American Religion
SPAN 255    (3)    Topics in Hispanic Literature in Translation (when topic is appropriate)
SPAN 382    (3)    The Latin American Novel
SPAN 384    (3)    The Latin American Short Story and Essay
SPAN 386    (3)    Latin American Theatre
SPAN 388    (3)    Latin American Poetry

NOTE: At least two courses for the minor must be at the 300-level.


Course Descriptions

ARTH 223

| Art of the Later Americas

ARTH 245

| Art of the Early Americas

HIST 308

| Encounters, Conquest and European Expansion, 1350-1650

HIST 339

| Slavery and Emancipation in America

LAST 201

| Latin American Culture I

LAST 202

| Latin American Culture II

LAST 302

| Special Topics in Latin American Studies

RELG 235

| Latin American Religion

SPAN 255

| Topics in Hispanic Literature in Translation

SPAN 382

| The Latin American Novel

SPAN 384

| The Latin American Short Story and Essay

SPAN 386

| Latin American Theatre

SPAN 388

| Latin American Poetry