Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies at Stetson University is a multi-disciplinary and experientially-oriented program that develops students’ understanding of the region's history, cultures, and sociopolitical systems. The minor is particularly valuable for students planning to live and work in the region or in areas with a strong Latino/Hispanic presence. Latin America is an area of ever-growing importance to the United States, and Florida is a primary gateway to the region.

Courses in Latin American Studies are taught by specialists in environmental science, history, language, literature, political science, sociology and theatre arts. The program’s experiential component includes several off-campus programs in Latin America such as internships, field courses and summer sessions abroad. Program students have studied and completed internships in Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, Belize, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Ecuador, and Puerto Rico as well as in Latino communities in the DeLand area.

More information can be found online at http://www.stetson.edu/academics/programs/latin-american-studies.php.

Minor in Latin American Studies - 4.5 units minimum

Requirements
SPAN 201LLanguage in Cultural Contexts1
Students must include a total of at least 4 courses from the list below. Courses must be from at least 3 different departments 3.5 to 4
Environmental Geography of Latin America
Cultural and Political Ecology
Global Perspectives of Food Production (Junior Seminar)
Latin American History: Ancient and Colonial Empires
Latin American History: The Challenges of Modern Nationhood
US-Latin American Relations
Mentored Field Experience: Preparation
and Mentored Field Experience: Evaluation
The Latino Spirit: Cultural Expressions of a Diverse World
Latin American Revolutions and Resurrections
Mayan Culture
Internship in Latin American Studies
Politics of the Developing World
Latin American Politics
International Environmental Activism (Junior Seminar)
Politics of International Trade and Finance
Sticking It to the Man: Theatre of Protest (Junior Seminar)
Population, Society, and Environment
Sociology of Developing Societies
Sociology of the City
Reading Culture (Poetry, Narrative, Drama)
Business in Hispanic Cultures
Understanding Spanish America (can also be taken as L course)
Spanish-American Cultures Through Literature
Internship in Spanish
Spanish American Genre/Period Study
Other Approved Courses
Students may apply credit toward the minor from special programs and course offerings with prior approval from the Latin American Studies Program Director.
Experiential Component
Students must complete at least one significant experiential component as part of the minor. This can include the Mentored Field Experience course, study abroad in Latin America, internships in the region or with the local Hispanic communities, and other experiential learning programs approved by the LAMS faculty
Total Units4.5-5

LAMS 103. Mentored Field Experience: Preparation. 0.5 Units.

A two-semester course associated with faculty-guided research trips to Latin America sponsored by the Hollis International Scholars Program. Each portion of the course is worth 0.5 of a course unit. Prerequisite: competitive selection process in semester prior to course offering.

LAMS 104. Mentored Field Experience: Evaluation. 0.5 Units.

A two-semester course associated with faculty-guided research trips to Latin America sponsored by the Hollis International Scholars Program. Each portion of the course is worth 0.5 of a course unit. Prerequisite: competitive selection process in semester prior to course offering.

LAMS 190. Special Topics in Latin American Studies. 1 Unit.

LAMS 200B. The Latino Spirit: Cultural Expressions of a Diverse World. 1 to 1.5 Unit.

An introduction to the varied art, music, dance, theatre, and written literature of Latin American including both popular and “high” culture.

LAMS 201S. Latin American Revolutions and Resurrections. 1 Unit.

An examination of topics such as social change, economic development, conservation problems and political systems.

LAMS 285. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

LAMS 290. Special Topics in Latin American Studies. 1 Unit.

LAMS 301B. Mayan Culture. 1 Unit.

A multidisciplinary course that explores the world of the Maya, from its prehistoric origins through its fluorescence during the Classic period to the contemporary cultural revival known as the Mayan Movement. Topics include regional history, hieroglyphic writing, calendar systems, mythology, the Popol Vuh, social conflict and contemporary lifestyles.

LAMS 385. Independent Sutdy. 0.5 or 1 Units.

LAMS 390. Special Topics in Latin American Studies. 1 Unit.

LAMS 397. Internship in Latin American Studies. 0.5 or 1 Units.

Students will be accepted into the course by permission only and must have at least second year standing, at least two course units studying Latin American topics, and an overall 2.5 GPA. In addition to completing the required hours in the internship, students will be required to present a journal describing some aspects of that experience and a 10-12-page paper on a topic related to the internship. The field supervisor will also be asked for a letter of evaluation.Enrollment in an internship course requires students to attend an orientation prior to beginning work at their internship site. For more information regarding internship orientations, please contact Career & Professional Development at career@stetson.edu or 386-822-7315.

LAMS 485. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

LAMS 490. Special Topics in Latin American Studies. 1 Unit.