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Latin American Studies

Requirements of the Major in International Languages and Cultures with a Latin American Studies Concentration

If you entered St. Mary's before 2013, see the requirements for this major under previous catalogs here.

To earn a bachelor of arts degree with a major in International Languages and Cultures/Latin American Studies, a student must satisfy the following minimum requirements in addition to the general college requirements.

At least 48 credit hours completed with a minimum grade of C- or better in each required course and an overall GPA of 2.0 or better in these required courses as follows:

a. Two courses (8 credit hours) at the 200 level from two different departments chosen from the following options:

  • HIST 253: Latin American Civilizations      

AND

  • ILAS 200: Democracy in Latin America
    or
  • ILAS 206: Introduction to Latin American Literature in Translation

b. One course (4 credit hours) chosen from the following options:

  • ILCS 360: Advanced Writing Workshop
  • ILCS 301: Advanced Spanish Language (taught in Argentina)

c. Four courses (16 credit hours) at the 300 or 400 level from a minimum of two different departments chosen from the following options:

  • ARTH 314: Race and Representation*
  • ARTH 321: Art and Architecture of the Ancient Maya
  • ARTH 331: Topics in Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art
  • ARTH 350: Advanced Topics in Art History*
  • ARTH 440: Advanced Topics in Applied Art History*
  • ARTH 450: Advanced Topics in Art History*
  • HIST 378: Colonial Latin American History
  • HIST 379: Modern Latin American History Since 1820
  • HIST 394: Topics in Asian, African, or Latin American History* 
  • HIST 400: Comparative Slave Systems in the Americas
  • HIST 455: Topics in Asian, African, or Latin American History*
  • HIST 461: Gender in Latin American History
  • ILAS 310: The Latino/a Experience in the United States
  • ILAS 330: Research Methodology/Project (taught in Argentina)
  • ILAS 350: Latin American Cinema
  • ILAS 370: Guatemalan History
  • ILAS 380: Cultural History of Argentina
  • ILAS 385: History and Society of Argentina (taught in Argentina)

*When a significant portion of the course focuses on US Latino cultures or Latin America. Please consult with the instructor.

Eight ILCS credit hours from an SMCM program abroad in Latin America may also count toward this component of the major (except for ILCS 301, which counts toward b above). Credits from programs through other institutions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students may petition the Chair of the International Languages and Cultures Department to include courses not on the list above if the course content is significantly focused on the study of Latin America.

See the SMCM catalog online for course descriptions.

d. Two additional elective courses (8 credit hours) chosen from 2.a and/or 2.c above, and/or from the following list. (Note: If a student fulfills this requirement by choosing courses in AADS, ANTH, ECON or POSC, a significant portion of his or her research in those courses must be related to Latin America, whenever possible. Please consult with the course instructor at the beginning of the semester as to how this can be achieved.)

  • AADS 214: Africa and the African Diaspora*
  • ANTH 372: Atlantic World Archeology
  • ARTH 224: Ancient American Art and Architecture
  • ARTH 250: Topics in Art History *
  • ECON 372: Economics of Developing Countries
  • HIST 280: Africa and the African Diaspora*
  • ILCS 201: Intermediate Spanish I
  • ILCS 202: Intermediate Spanish II
  • ILCS 206: Introduction to Literature in Spanish
  • ILCS 300: ICADS Semester
  • ILCS 310: Research Methodology/Project (taught in Argentina)              
  • ILCS 320: Argentine History and Society (taught in Argentina)  
  • ILCS 361: Indigenous Cultures in Latin America
  • ILCS 362: African Diaspora Cultural Expressions in Latin America
  • ILCS 363: Cultural Perspectives on Gender
  • ILCS 365: Creating for Social Change
  • ILCS 368: The Construction of Nationalism and Cultural Identity
  • ILCS 369: The Problematic of Modernity
  • ILCS 370: Postmodernity and Globalization
  • ILCS 440: Special Topics in Hispanic Studies*
  • POSC 373: Politics and Film in the Third World
  • POSC 385: Topics in Political Science or Public Policy: The Politics of Protest
  • POSC 405: Democratization*
  • POSC 462: Studies in Comparative Topics: Women in the Third World

*When a significant portion of the course focuses on Latin America. Please consult with the instructor.

e. Two courses as follows:

  • ILCT 293: Introduction to Cultural Studies (2 credit hours). This course must be taken as a pre- or co-requisite to the first 300-level course in ILCC/ILCF/ILCG/ILCS.

AND

One of the following courses (2 or 4 credit hours) according to the student's anticipated disciplinary focus for the SMP. (Note: These courses must be taken prior to the term in which the student begins his or her St. Mary's Project.)

  • ARTH 470: Critical Approaches to the Analysis of Art (4 credit hours)
  • HIST 395: Theories and Uses of History (4 credit hours)
  • ILCT 393: St. Mary’s Project Workshop (2 credit hours)

f. St. Mary's Project. Two courses (8 credit hours) based on student's disciplinary focus for the SMP:

  • ILAS 493 and 494 (8 credit hours): St. Mary’s Project
    or
  • ARTH 493 and 494 (8 credit hours): St. Mary’s Project on a Latin American topic
    or
  • HIST 493 and 494 (8 credit hours): St. Mary’s Project on a Latin American topic

Latin American Studies major worksheet

Students who desire to complete both a Latin American Studies and a Spanish concentration within the International Languages and Cultures major must complete the requirements for both concentrations but may apply the same set of courses to both concentrations when appropriate. The minimum number of credits needed to fulfill both concentrations is 72.