Department Information

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Professors Hernandez (Program Coordinator), Cabellero, Dantán, K. Haywood, Herrera de La Muela, Mattiace, Riess, N. Smith

A study of Latin America and the Caribbean that combines courses in the humanities, social sciences, and languages. In order to provide students a comparative view of the region through discipline-specific lenses, the 24 credits required for the minor must be completed in at least three departments. Because this minor is interdivisional, students may complete any major to satisfy the college requirement that the major and minor be in different divisions. The minor is administered by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies steering committee.

Learning Outcomes for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Students who successfully complete a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies should be able to accomplish the listed goals in each of the following three areas:

  1. Values:
    • Appreciate the diversity of values and beliefs that constitute different political traditions in the region;
    • Appreciate the value of examining the debates regarding the historical development of the region;
    • Value linguistic difference among the varieties of Spanish and the presence of indigenous languages in the region.
  2. Knowledge:
    • Demonstrate an understanding of basic political institutions and processes of countries in the region;
    • Demonstrate a knowledge of key historical periods and figures in Latin American and Caribbean history;
    • Demonstrate a knowledge of the geography, basic traditions, and various cultural manifestations from the region.
  3. Skills:
    • Engage in informed, literate conversations, both written and oral, regarding important political issues and historical debates in the region;
    • Demonstrate a mastery of skills in Spanish language at the intermediate level.