Latino/Latin American Studies Major

The major in Latino/Latin American Studies (LLS) prepares students with a comprehensive understanding of Latino and Latin American critical issues, peoples, societies and cultures. Students learn about critical issues such as: urban segregation; education; health and socioeconomic disparities; environmental justice; political mobilization; human rights; migration; language shifts; and cultural creations. Employers and post-graduate programs today seek to recruit students with the kind of integral knowledge an LLS degree provides. Students can easily double major in Spanish, social sciences, humanities, natural sciences and more.

Although OLLAS does not yet offer a graduate degree, it does offer a number of graduate courses. Students pursuing graduate programs in other colleges and departments are encouraged to concentrate on Latinos or Latin America and take advantage of Latino/Latin American Studies course offerings.


The major requires a total of 30 credit hours. Not included in the 30 credit hours: at least 16 credit hours of Spanish or Portuguese (also fulfill Arts & Sciences language requirement). Students whose primary major is in a college other than Arts & Sciences must complete at least two semesters in Spanish or Portuguese. **Native/heritage speakers of Spanish may be exempt from this requirement. Such students should contact the Foreign Language Department for correct placement to determine if additional coursework is necessary. 

Courses required for major (core curriculum)

A total of 30 credit hours* to include:

LLS 1000Latin America: An Introduction

3 credits

And Either

LLS 1010Intro to Chicano-Latino Studies:Social Sciences

3 credits

Or

LLS 1020Introduction to Chicano-Latino Studies:Humanities

3 credits

 

One research methods course approved by the OLLAS director/academic advisor.  Approved courses include, but are not limited to:

 

SOC 2130Social Statistics

3 credits

SOC 2510Research Methods

3 credits

CRCJ 3000Applied Statistics and Data Processing in the Public Sector

3 credits

PSCI 3000/PSCI 8005Quantitative Analysis in Political Science

3 credits

PSYC 3130Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

3 credits

Senior Project

 

LLS 4990Senior Project

3 credits

An additional 18 hours of LLS-approved elective courses, from the list below.  A maximum of 9 of the 18 elective hours may be taken from a single department.  At least 18 of the 30 credit hours must be taken at the 3000 or 4000 level.

 

Latino/Latin American Studies Electives:

LLS 2800Special Topics in Latino/Latin American Studies: Humanities

3 credits

LLS 2900Special Topics in Latino/Latin American Studies: Social Sciences

3 credits

LLS 3140/PSCI 3140/PSCI 8145/LLS 8145Latino/-a Politics

3 credits

LLS 3680/PSCI 3680/PSCI 8685/LLS 8685Government and Politics of Latin America

3 credits

LLS 3800Special Topics in Latino/Latin American Studies: Humanities

3 credits

LLS 3900Special Topics in Latino/Latin American Studies

1 - 3 credits

LLS 4900Independent Study

1 - 3 credits

LLS 4910/LLS 8916Contemporary Topics in LLS: Social Sciences

3 credits

LLS 4920/LLS 8926Contemporary Topics in LLS: Humanities

3 credits

LLS 4950/LLS 8956Latin American Study Abroad

1 - 3 credits

Anthropology:

ANTH 4230Ethnomedicines of the Americas

3 credits

Art & Art History:

ART 2040Cross-Cultural Survey of Art

3 credits

ART 4000/ART 8006Special Seminars in Art Education

1 - 3 credits

ART 4700/ART 8706Cross-Cultural Art History for Teachers

3 credits

English:

ENGL 2000Topics in Language and Literature

1 - 3 credits

ENGL 2230Ethnic Literature

3 credits

ENGL 2490Latino/a Literature

3 credits

ENGL 3300Junior Topics in American Literature

3 credits

ENGL 4160/ENGL 8166Topics in American Regionalism

3 credits

ENGL 4230/ENGL 8236Latino Literature

3 credits

ENGL 4960/WGST 4960Topics in Language and Literature

3 credits

** ENGL 2000 Topics in Language and Literature - Language in the Minority (1 credit)

** ENGL 3300 Junior Topics in American Literature - Chicano/a Short Fiction

** ENGL 4160 Topics in American Regionalism - Southwest Literature

** ENGL 4960/WGST 4960 Topics in Language and Literature - New World Conquest Literature

Geography:

GEOG 3060Geography of Middle America

3 credits

GEOG 3070Geography of Latin America

3 credits

History:

HIST 2470Latin America: Mexico and the Caribbean

3 credits

HIST 2480Latin America: South America

3 credits

HIST 4460American Immigration History

3 credits

HIST 4910/HIST 8916Topics in History

3 credits

 ** HIST 4910 - Topics in History to include

  • Argentina, Brazil, Chile
  • History of Brazil
  • Latina/Latin American Women
  • Modern History of Chile
  • Modern Mexico
  • Spanish Speaking Caribbean

Political Science:

PSCI 3140/PSCI 8145/LLS 3140/LLS 8145Latino/-a Politics

3 credits

PSCI 3680/PSCI 8685/LLS 3680/LLS 8685Government and Politics of Latin America

3 credits

PSCI 3920Special Topics in Political Science

3 credits

PSCI 4280/PSCI 8286Inter-American Politics

3 credits

PSCI 4920/PSCI 8926Advanced Special Topics in Political Science

1 - 3 credits

** PSCI 3920 Special Topics in Political Science - International Development

** PSCI 4920 Advanced Topics: Cuba at the Crossroads

Religion
RELI 3500Special Topics in Religion

3 credits

**RELI 3500 Special Topics in Religion--Roots of Cuban Spirituality

Sociology:

SOC 2800Major Social Issues

3 credits

SOC 3900Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S.

3 credits

SOC 3950Sociology of Latin America

3 credits

SOC 4250/SOC 8256Latino/a Migration in the World Economy

3 credits

SOC 4700/HED 4700/HED 8706/SOC 8706Women's Health and Issues of Diversity

3 credits

SOC 4750/SOC 8756Social Change and Globalization

3 credits

SOC 4800/SOC 8806Contemporary Topics in Sociology

3 credits

** SOC 2800 - Major Social Issues Special Topics to include

  • Women of Color

  • Cultural Groups and Equality

** SOC 4800 - Contemporary Topics to include

  • Immigration, Race & Globalization
  • Latino Migration and Integration
  • Urban Latin America
  • Migration, Development, Citizenship
  • Latinos & Gender
 


Social Work:

SOWK 4030/SOWK 8036Social Work with Latinos

3 credits

SOWK 4890Special Studies in Social Work

1 - 4 credits

** SOWK 4890 - Special Studies in Social Work: Nicaragua

Spanish:

SPAN 3210Survey of Latin American Literature I

3 credits

SPAN 3220Survey of Latin American Literature II

3 credits

SPAN 3420Latin American Civilization

3 credits

SPAN 4040/SPAN 8046Advanced Composition and Stylistics

3 credits

SPAN 4050/SPAN 8056Seminar in Mexican Culture and Civilization

3 credits

SPAN 4160/SPAN 8166Latin American Literature of the 20th Century

3 credits

SPAN 4180/SPAN 8186Latino Literature and Culture

3 credits

SPAN 4350/SPAN 8356Latin American Short Story

3 credits

SPAN 4440Spanish-American Theater

3 credits

SPAN 4450/SPAN 8456Introduction to Literary Criticism

3 credits

SPAN 4960/SPAN 8966Pro-Seminar: Culture and Society

3 credits

** SPAN 4960 - Pro Seminar options to include:

  • Central American & Caribbean Lit. & Culture
  • Latin American Indigenous Contemporary Lit.
  • Human Rights Literature in Latin America

  • El Bilingüismo

  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics

  • Latin American Theater through Performance

 

Teacher Education:

TED 4980Special Studies

1 - 3 credits