Latin American Studies Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes
  1. Develop conversational, grammatical, reading and writing proficiency in Spanish.
    • At the end of the program students will be able to:
      • engage in conversation, provide and obtain information, express feelings, and exchange opinions;
      • comprehend and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics;
      • present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners on a variety of topics.
  2. Expand historical and cultural awareness of Latin America and apply it to the study of the region.
    • At the end of the program students will have:
      • Learned about the basic historical and cultural origins of Latin America, including pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial Latin America;
      • Gained a perspective on regional cultures, religions, languages, and the arts in Latin America;
      • Experienced current popular cultures in Latin America in a variety of ways.
  3. Develop a basic knowledge about society in Latin America to include the roles of: geography, demographics, politics, culture, and media.
    • At the end of the program students will have:
      • Learned about the social origins of Latin America, including social structures, political and economic developments, and demographics;
      • Examined the connections between culture and the various dimensions of society.
  4. Enhance the ability to think critically about culture, social relations, history, politics and language in Latin America.
    •  At the end of this program students will have
      • Applied their knowledge base to analyze social problems in Latin America such as poverty and income inequality, environmental degradation, and development;
      • Increased their ability to integrate disciplines and perspectives using a variety of mediums, methods, and modes of expression.