Latin American Studies Minor Curriculum Requirements

Curricular Requirements

The Minor in Latin American Studies at the University of New England consists of 18 credits (6 three-credit courses) and an experience in Latin America. Study will be in disciplines such as: history, sociology, language, literature, film studies, and political science. Three courses are required from three different disciplines. Students will choose three additional courses from the list of electives below. There is also a Latin American Experience requirement that is detailed below.*

Languages of Latin America (3 credits):

It is expected that students will complete at least a second level or semester of a language to receive credit for the minor. The first level may come from a year of high school language study, a semester of college study, or from native proficiency. Students are expected to attain this level of proficiency in either Spanish or Portuguese.

  Credits
SPA 211 - Intermediate Spanish or 3
POR 211 - Intermediate Portuguese (to be developed in 2013) 3

History of Latin America (3 credits):

At present students may select from one of two courses to satisfy this minor requirement. Other courses may be added later. A student may petition for another course or for transferred credits to count for this requirement.

  Credits
HIS 240 - Latin American History I: Colonial Latin America 3
HIS 241 - Latin American History II: Modern Latin America 3

Society in Latin America (3 credits):

At present this is the only course that satisfies this requirement. A student may petition for another course or for transferred credits to count for this requirement.

  Credits
SOC 230 - Society in Latin America 3

Electives (9 credits)

For the remaining three courses, or nine credits, students may select from the following:

   
Languages of Latin America Credits
SPA 101 - Basic Spanish 3
SPA 211 - Intermediate Spanish 3
SPA 301 - Advanced Spanish 3
   
History of Latin America  
HIS 240 - Latin American History I: Colonial Latin America 3
HIS 241 - Latin American History II: Modern Latin America 3
HIS 370 - Slaves and Citizens: Africans in the Americas 3
HIS 331 - Revolution and Social Protest in Mexico 3
   
Society in Latin America  
SOC 310 - Population, Society and Culture 3
   
Politics and Economics in Latin America  
PSC 320 - Global Systems: Origins, Politics and Culture 3
PSC 405 - Latin American Politics 3
PSC 406 - State and Society Relations in Third World Countries 3

Courses in Latin American Studies can also be taken through the Greater Portland Alliance. In addition, courses from UNE study abroad programs in Latin America can be substituted on an individual basis for courses in the core and electives of the minor. These courses will be approved on an individual basis by the Latin American Studies Coordinating Committee.

Latin American Experiences

*In addition to completing the 18 credits in the Latin American Studies Minor, a student must also have spent a minimal amount of time in another country in Latin America or the Caribbean. This can consist of living in a country in Latin America, studying in a country in Latin America, or a personal visit. The minimum is a two week stay in which there is an effort to learn language, culture, and history. Each Minor will apply to the Latin American Studies Coordinating Committee for approval of their experience.

If a student has not been able to complete a Latin American Experience, then they can still complete a minor by either taking an additional course approved by the Latin American Studies Coordinating Committee or by completing an independent study with a faculty affiliated with the program for a total of 21 credits.