Kirstin Erickson
Director of Studies
330 Old Main
479-575-5600
http://last.uark.edu/

Students interested in Latin America and wishing to maximize their potential for academic, business, professional, or government careers related to the area, may earn a second major or a minor in Latin American and Latino studies together with a primary major in another discipline in Fulbright College. Advice on appropriate combinations of Latin American and Latino studies with other primary majors as well as individual approval of such combinations may be obtained from the Latin American and Latino studies program director. New students in this program must officially declare both majors and notify the Latin American and Latino studies program director. Degree checks must also be cleared with the program director. Freshmen and sophomores considering this program are advised to begin their study of Spanish or Portuguese as early as possible.

Requirements for a Second Major in Latin American and Latino Studies

In addition to the requirements of a primary departmental major, students pursuing a second major in Latin American and Latino Studies must complete the following:

Language Competence: The student must complete SPAN 2013 (or equivalent). Provisions are available for recognition of language skills gained by other means than formal course work taken at the University of Arkansas: See information under the entry in the department of world languages. Further functional work in Spanish or Portuguese as well as study and residence in a Latin American nation can serve to strengthen language competence and are encouraged.

Colloquium: The student must complete at least three hours in the interdepartmental colloquium, LAST 4003. The Colloquium may be repeated, with the adviser’s approval, provided the topic is different.

Electives: The student must complete 18 hours, in addition to LAST 4003, in courses with specific Latin American or Latino content, or individualized study options under instructors teaching Latin American or Latino studies. Students choosing to take individualized readings or directed research courses must obtain the approval of the director of the area studies program. In the selection of the electives, the following conditions apply:

  1. Courses must be selected from at least three different departments,
  2. A maximum of nine hours may be submitted from courses taken in any one department.

The following courses and individualized study options may be taken in fulfillment of elective requirements:

Anthropology
ANTH 2013Introduction to Latin American Studies (Irregular)3
ANTH 3213Indians of North America (Irregular)3
ANTH 3503Power and Popular Protest in Latin America (Irregular)3
ANTH 3523Gender and Politics in Latin America (Irregular)3
ANTH 3553Religion in Latin America (Irregular)3
ANTH 4263Identity and Culture in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (Irregular)3
Art History
ARHS 4563Pre-Columbian Art (Irregular)3
ARHS 4563HHonors Pre-Columbian Art (Irregular)3
ARHS 4573Artists of New Spain (Irregular)3
ARHS 4573HHonors Artists of New Spain (Irregular)3
Economics
ECON 3843Economic Development, Poverty & the Role of the World Bank and IMF in Low-Income Countries (Sp, Fa)3
ECON 3853Emerging Markets (Fa)3
English
ENGL 3543Topics in U.S. Latino/Latina Literature and Culture (Irregular) (English)3
ENGL 4523Studies in U.S. Latino/Latina Literature and Culture (Irregular)3
History
HIST 3073Women and Gender in Latin American History (Even years, Fa)3
HIST 3193The Making of the Modern Caribbean (Fa)3
HIST 3203Colonial Latin America (Odd years, Fa)3
HIST 3213Modern Latin America (Even years, Sp)3
HIST 3283U.S. Latinos and Latinas through Film (Sp)3
HIST 3303U.S. Immigration History (Sp)3
HIST 3313Latinos and Latinas in the U.S. (Fa)3
HIST 3843Special Topics in Latin American and Caribbean History (Irregular)3
HIST 4233The Atlantic World, 1400-1850 (Irregular)3
HIST 4783History of Modern Mexico (Odd years, Sp)3
HIST 4823Black Freedom in the Age of Emancipation (Sp)3
HIST 5313Reading Seminar in Latin American History (Irregular)3
HIST 5323Research Seminar in Latin American History (Irregular)3
Latin American Studies
LAST 2013Latin American Studies (Fa)3
LAST 399VHHonors Thesis (Sp, Fa)1-6
LAST 4003Latin American Studies Colloquium (Sp)3
Music
MUHS 4253Special Topics in Music History (Sp, Fa) (Latin American Music)3
Political Science
PLSC 3263Latino Politics (Fa)3
PLSC 3573Governments and Politics of Latin America (Irregular)3
PLSC 4873Inter-American Politics (Irregular)3
Spanish
SPAN 3103Cultural Readings (Sp, Fa)3
SPAN 3113Introduction to Literature (Sp, Fa)3
SPAN 3123Spanish for Heritage Speakers II (Irregular)3
SPAN 4133Survey of Spanish-American Literature I (Irregular)3
SPAN 4193Survey of Spanish-American Literature II (Irregular)3
SPAN 4223Latin American Civilization (Irregular)3
SPAN 4243Literature and Culture in the Hispanic United States (Irregular)3
SPAN 4253Latin American Cinema and Society (Irregular)3
SPAN 4553Latin America Today (Irregular)3
SPAN 475VSpecial Investigations (Sp, Fa)1-6
SPAN 4883Indigenous Literatures of Mesoamerica, the Andes and the Amazon (Irregular)3
SPAN 5253Colonial Literature and Culture (Irregular)3
SPAN 539319th Century Spanish American Literature (Irregular)3
SPAN 5403Spanish American Theatre (Irregular)3
SPAN 546320th Century Spanish American Literature (Irregular)3
SPAN 5883Indigenous Literatures (Irregular)3

Requirements for a Minor in Latin American and Latino Studies: Students wishing to minor in Latin American and Latino studies must fulfill the Colloquium (LAST 4003) and the language requirements described above, and must complete at least 12 hours from among the electives listed above. Electives must include courses from at least two different academic departments. Included in the 12 hours may be 3 additional hours of LAST 4003, provided the topic is different.

Requirements for Honors in Latin American and Latino Studies: The Honors Program in Latin American and Latino studies gives junior and senior students of high ability the opportunity to enroll in enriched courses and conduct independent research culminating in an honors thesis. In addition to satisfying the general Fulbright College requirements for graduation and the basic eligibility requirements for honors as established by the Honors Council, candidates for honors in Latin American and Latino studies must complete 12 hours of honors credit in partial satisfaction of requirements for the co-major. One to six of these may be thesis hours (LAST 399VH). The preferred method for satisfying the remaining hours is to enroll in the colloquium at least once for honors credit (LAST 4003H) and to take relevant honors colloquia or graduate courses (with permission) in one of the departments contributing to this interdisciplinary area study. The thesis committee shall include a representative from the major discipline (in the case of multiple majors, from the discipline contributing most significantly to the topic). Successful completion of these requirements will be recognized by the award of the distinction “Latin American and Latino Studies Scholar Cum Laude” at graduation. Higher degree distinctions are recommended only in exceptional cases and are based upon the whole of the candidate’s program of honors studies.

Courses

LAST 2013. Latin American Studies (Fa). 3 Hours.

This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to Latin America. Drawing on Latin American literature, history, sociology, and political science, the course examines the broad forces that have shaped the region.

This course is cross-listed with ANTH 2013.

LAST 399VH. Honors Thesis (Sp, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

Prerequisite: Junior standing.

LAST 4003. Latin American Studies Colloquium (Sp). 3 Hours.

An interdepartmental colloquium with an annual change in subject of investigation, required of all Latin American studies majors. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing for Latin American studies majors and honors students. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

LAST 4003H. Honors Latin American Studies Colloquium (Sp). 3 Hours.

An interdepartmental colloquium with an annual change in subject of investigation, required of all Latin American studies majors. Prerequisite: sophomore standing for Latin American studies majors and honors students. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

This course is equivalent to LAST 4003.