Program Requirements

Course Descriptions

LACS Program Graduates Projects

 

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The Latin American and Caribbean

Studies Program

The Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program provides an integrated interdisciplinary approach to the historical, political, social, and cultural inter-relationships of the nations and peoples of our hemisphere. Students who fulfill the area studies requirements will receive a letter and certificate recognizing completion of the program.

The nations of Latin America and the Caribbean are our closest neighbors and our future as a nation is closely tied to the region. Increasing interdependence throughout the hemisphere will bring new opportunities in the future for people with knowledge of the social, political, economic, and cultural dimensions of the region, as well as for those with language skills in French and Spanish. Students interested in economics and business, history and politics, environmental science, sociology, French, Spanish and other disciplines can benefit from this study of the historical and contemporary problems and achievements of the region and the long-standing ties that link the United States with the other nations of the Americas.

Program Requirements

FL 320 Seminar on the Americas I (4 hours)

FL 321 Seminar on the Americas II (4 hours)

One 300 or 400 level course on the region taught in French or Spanish (3 or 4 hours)

Two supporting courses chosen from among the following departments: Biology, Economics, English, Finance, Government, History, Religion, Sociology, and/or approved interim or courses pertaining to the region taken at other institutions or on study abroad programs. (6 or 8 hours)

FL 420 Senior Capstone Project (3 hours)

 

Course Descriptions

FL 320 Latin American and Caribbean Studies: Seminar on theAmericas I

An interdisciplinary seminar focusing on the historical, political, social ancultural inter-relationships of the nations in our hemisphere. Semester I concentrates on the historical and cultural foundations of Latin America and the Caribbean and explores the topics of race and identity, rural and urban life, authoritarianism and democracy, and national development. The course is team taught by Wofford and Converse faculty. Conducted English.

Fl 321 Latin American and Caribbean Studies: Seminar on the Americas II

An interdisciplinary seminar focusing on the historical, political, social and cultural inter-relationships of the nations in our hemisphere. Semester II concentrates on Latin American women, revolution, problems of sovereignty, and the Latin American and Caribbean presence in the United States. The course is team taught by Wofford and Converse faculty. Conducted in English. FL 321 may be taken independently of FL 320.

FL 420 Senior Capstone: Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The Senior Capstone is designed to help students focus and integrate their knowledge of Latin America and the Caribbean. Each student will complete an independent research project focusing on a specific problem or region from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will meet together periodically to share results of their research. Normally, FL320 and FL321 are prerequisites for this course.

 

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Biol 382 Ecology

Econ 401 International Economics (3)

Econ 333 Environmental Economics (3)

Econ 441 Comparative Economic Systems (3)

Eng 339 Comparative Literature: Lit of the Emerging World (3)

Fin 440 International Finance (3)

Gov 340 International Relations (3)

Gov 345 International Conflict (3)

Gov 420 American Foreign Policy (3)

Gov 430 Global Issues (3)

Hist 320 American Diplomatic History

Hist 396 Colonial Latin American History (3)

Hist 397 Modern Latin American History (3)

Rel 324 Contemporary Theology: 1965-Present (3)

Soc 205 Cultural Anthropology (3)

Approved Interim and summer courses will also satisfy elective requirements. Special topics courses in appropriate disciplines may be counted toward the program when the content is significantly focused on Latin America and/or the Caribbean.

 

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