Latin American Studies Requirements

Program Director:Kirk A. Buckman Office: Martin Institute 221 Phone: 508-565-1763kbuckman@stonehill.edu

The minor in Latin American Studies requires the completion of six courses.

Students must take courses in at least three of the following disciplines: Anthropology, History, Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Political Science & International Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Visual and Performing Arts. At least two of the six courses must be outside the History and Languages, Literatures & Cultures Departments.

Spanish majors may count one course from the major toward Latin American Studies minor.

Complete Two Courses in Spanish or Portuguese at the Intermediate or Advanced Level

Students may also demonstrate proficiency in an indigenous language.

Code Course Credits

SPA 231

Intermediate Spanish I

Offered: Fall Semester

For students with 2-3 years of high school Spanish. In the Intermediate courses students expand their previous ability in their foreign language, and develop the ability to: when speaking, use strings of related sentences; when listening, understand most spoken language when the message is deliberately and carefully conveyed by a speaker accustomed to dealing with learners; when writing, create simple paragraphs; when reading, acquire knowledge and new information from comprehensive authentic text. Content includes topics culturally pertinent to the language; e.g., history, art, literature, music, cultural affairs, and civilization, with an emphasis on significant people and events in these fields. Familiar topics may include career choices, the environment, social issues, and political issues.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 132 or equivalent.
Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program.

3

SPA 232

Intermediate Spanish II

Offered: Spring Semester

This course is a continuation of SPA 231 - Intermediate Spanish I .

Prerequisite(s): SPA 231 or equivalent.
Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program.

3

SPA 331

Perspectives in Spanish Language and Culture I

Offered: Fall Semester

For students with three or more years of Spanish. In this course students expand their previous ability in their foreign language, and develop the ability to: when speaking, use simple dialogue of paragraph length in a series of cohesive and coherent paragraphs; when listening, understand most authentic spoken language; when writing, create a series of coherent paragraphs; when reading, acquire knowledge and new information from comprehensive authentic text. Content embraces concepts of broader cultural significance, including institutions, such as the educational system, the government, and political and social issues in the target culture. Both concepts and abstract topics of human and personal interest including music, literature, the arts, and the sciences.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 232 or equivalent.
Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program.

3

SPA 332

Perspectives in Spanish Language and Culture II

Offered: Spring Semester

This course is a continuation of SPA 331 - Perspectives in Spanish Language and Culture I.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 331 or equivalent.
Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program.

3

SPA 350

Spanish Linguistics

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Addresses the problems of syntax (making comparisons: English-Spanish), verb usage (all subjunctive tenses, all conditional tenses, "future and conditional of probability or conjecture," agreement of tenses, all imperatives, morphology, phonetics/phonology, etc.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 332 or higher.
Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program.

3

SPA 351

Spanish Conversation for Fluency

Offered: Spring Semester

This course will have students converse in Spanish at every class meeting. Topics will be varied, from the prosaic to the philosophical. They will include local news, weather, world events, eating habits of Spanish speaking countries, peer pressure, work, narration of unusual events, future plans, etc. The instructor will lead the class into meaningful conversation, where students will engage each other as in "real life situations". Grammar will not be taught, but the instructor will point out and explain errors as they occur. It is expected that those errors will be avoided and eventually eliminated. The instructor will also correct "faulty" pronunciation, because this aspect of the language is just as important as any other. This is a conversational course and not a "writing" course.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 332 or higher.
The course is a requirement for all Spanish majors, and it is meant particularly for students who have returned from at least one semester of study abroad in a Spanish speaking country. However, students who have not yet studied abroad, but have a high level of oral proficiency are invited to take the course at any time.Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program.

3

Complete Four Latin American Themed Courses at the 200-Level or Above

Students must take courses in at least three of the following disciplines. At least two of the six courses must be outside the History and Languages, Literatures & Cultures Departments.

Code Course Credits

ANT 315

Latin American People and Cultures

Offered: Spring Semester

This course involves an in-depth exploration of Latin American and Caribbean culture, both historically and today. We will be investigating the interdependence between economically developed and lesser developed parts of the Latin America, the Caribbean, and other regions of the world. Students will be presented with an anthropological perspective on a range of issues related to the region, using primary cultural documents and ethnographic works to more deeply understand specific Latin American populations.

Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program.

3

HIS 220

Comparative Empires: Spain and Portugal

Offered: Spring Semester

Investigation of the historical foundations and development of the Iberian Empires of Spain and Portugal, the first global maritime empires of the modern era, and evaluation of their historical significance; Columbus and the age of exploration and conquest; and the maturation and decline of the Iberian Empires.

Considered a European and World History. Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program.

3

HIS 244

Colonial Latin America

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This course is a survey of the historical, economic, political, social, and cultural development of colonial Latin America from before the European discovery to the era of independence. It addresses the major themes and substance of the three centuries of colonial government and an appreciation for the complexity and diversity of colonial Latin America.

Considered a World History. Course may be applied to the Anthropology and Latin American Studies programs.

3

HIS 257

Modern Latin America

Offered: Fall Semester

This course seeks to locate Modern Latin America (c. 1800-present) within a global framework and to understand the origins and development of the political, economic, social, and cultural issues that challenge and define Latin America today, including US foreign policy and changing ethnic, gender, and class relations.

Considered a World History. Course may be applied to the Anthropology and Latin American Studies programs.

3

HIS 277

History of Brazil

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This course examines the history of Brazil from 1500 to the present and explores its richly diverse culture, politics, economy, and geography that ultimately tie it to the histories of Europe, Africa, Asia, the U.S. Major themes include: race relations, national development, military dictatorships, and popular culture.

Considered a World History. Course may be applied to the Anthropology and Latin American Studies programs.

3

POL 339

Latin American Politics

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2018, 2020

This course introduces students to politics and issues in modern Latin America. It develops a comparative framework to understand Latin American democracies and pays particular attention to the so-called "Third Wave of Democracy."

Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program.

3

REL 267

Liberation Theology: Latin American Perspectives

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

An examination of the development of liberation theology in the historical, political, economic, and cultural contexts of Latin America's struggle to move from colonialism to freedom. The course also explores feminist theology, ecological theology, and indigenous people's theology that are rooted in liberation theology.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement. Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program.

3

SPA 333

Survey of Latin American Culture and Literature I

Offered: Fall Semester

Study of Latin America through art, history, and literature.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 332 or higher. (Recommended 4 years of high school Spanish)
Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program.

3

SPA 334

Survey of Latin American Culture and Literature II

Offered: Spring Semester

This course is a continuation of SPA 333 - Survey of Latin American Culture and Literature I.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 333 or equivalent. (Recommended 4 years of high school Spanish)
Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program.

3

SPA 342

Seminar in Spanish: Latin American Literature

Offered: Fall Semester

Study of a specific literary movement, author, or genre.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 332 or higher.
Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program.

3

SPA 345

Seminar in Spanish: Afro-Hispanic Culture of the Caribbean

Offered: Fall Semester

Study of a specific literary movement, author, or genre.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 334, or SPA 336, or SPA 337 or higher.
Course may be applied to the Anthropology and Latin American Studies programs.

3

SPA 346

Seminar in Spanish: Maya, Aztec, and Inca Traditions

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Study of a specific literary movement, author, or genre.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 332 or higher.
Course may be applied to the Anthropology and Latin American Studies programs.

3

SPA 347

20th Century Hispanic Poetry

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This course is an introduction to the theory of poetry, to poetic movements or the 19th and 20th centuries (Romanticism, Modernism, Impressionism, Symbolism, Poesia Pura, Surrealism, etc.) and to a stylistic analysis of a few poems of each of the following poets: Espronceda, Becquer, Dario, A. Marchado, J.R. Jimenez, Neruda, Vallejo, Garcia Lorca, Guillen, Salinas, Alberti, Miguel Hernandez, and Borges.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 332 or higher.
Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program.

3

Note

The following courses may be taken and count towards the Latin American Studies minor with permission of the Program Director.

Code Course Credits

ANT 105

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course is an introduction to cultural anthropology and is designed as an exploration into the diversity of ways in which human beings perceive and order the social world. Topics covered include kinship, gender, language, ecology, economy, political organization, globalization, religion and worldview from a diverse array of cultural viewpoints. Course readings and films include both classic and contemporary ethnographies.

This course was formerly offered as SOC 228 Cultural Anthropology.Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement.Course may be applied to the Asian Studies and Middle Eastern Studies minors. Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program with permission of the Program Director.

3

ANT 233

Language and Culture

Offered: Spring Semester

This course is an overview of linguistic anthropology and sociolinguists, focusing on the relationship between language, culture, and society. Students will explore the nature of human language by studying language in a variety of social contexts with the goal of better understanding how language and culture interact to reflect, maintain, alter, and create the social worlds in which we live.

This course formerly offered as SOC 233 Language and Culture. Course may be applied to the Asian Studies and Middle Eastern Studies minors. Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program with permission of the Program Director.

3

BUS 336

International Business

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course introduces the students to the economic, political, and cultural environments affecting international business. In addition, the influence of government on trade, foreign direct investment, foreign exchange, export and import strategies, and the impact of multinational enterprises will be discussed. Students will also be exposed to the comprehensive set of dynamics that comprise international business decision environments and will learn to evaluate alternative courses of action in a global setting. Particular emphasis will be placed on areas of current importance. Extensive use of cases and readings.

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies and Middle Eastern Studies programs. Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program with permission of the Program Director.

4

BUS 401

Business in Spanish

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

This course provides students with the most important communication tools needed in a variety of professional situations in Spanish. It will combine: reading activities that will enable students to understand the general meaning of a text and to extract specific information from it, listening-conversational activities, and writing activities in which students learn to compose messages and reports.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 232 and sophomore, junior or senior standing.
Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program with permission of the Program Director.

3

ECO 219

History of World Economic Development

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2017 and 2019

The world has experienced an extraordinary but unevenly distributed increase in material living standards over the last 250 years. This course examines major developments, issues, and controversies related to long run economic development and change. Themes include the causes of technological leadership, the connection between technological change and business structure, and the spread of industry.

Considered a World History. Course may be applied to the Asian Studies, Anthropology, and Middle Eastern Studies programs. May also be applied to the Latin American Studies programs with permission of the Program Director.

3

ECO 311

International Economics

Offered: Spring Semester

This course covers the major themes of the theory of international trade. The gains from trade, tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade, the theories of international trade such as the theory of absolute and comparative advantage and the Heckscher-Ohlin theory will be studied. The justifications for trade protection, its effects on the economy, historical and contemporary U.S. trade policy and the economics of regional trade agreements will also be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): ECO 176 and ECO 178 (or their corresponding First-Year Seminar equivalents.)
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies and Middle Eastern Studies programs. Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program with permission of the Program Director.

3

ENG 395

Introduction to Postcolonial Literature and Culture

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

A critical introduction to the poetry, fiction, and drama of the postcolonial world. Discussions will be informed by an introduction to postcolonial theory.

Course may be applied to the Asian Studies program and the Latin American Studies program with permission of the Program Director.

3

HIS 100

Crosscurrents and Connections: Encounters in the Atlantic World (Core/First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Fall Semester

In this course we will view early America through the lens of migration and Atlantic history: exploring the intersections and linkages between Old World and New, and the experience and voices of those who crossed the Atlantic up to the nineteenth century.

Prerequisite(s): HIS 120 is a First-Year Seminar and open to First-Year Students only.
Considered a United States History. When offered as HIS 100, for 3-credits, fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement. When offered as HIS 120, for 4-credits, fulfills the First-Year Seminar and History Cornerstone Requirements.Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program with permission of the Program Director.Course does not count towards Elementary Education licensure.

3 or 4

HIS 101

Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration (Core/First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Spring Semester

The history of exploration is the history of convergence-how humans knit together the globe after tens of thousands of years of divergence. From Polynesian seafarers to Christopher Columbus and from the Vikings to David Livingstone, we examine the pathfinders who have shaped our world.

Prerequisite(s): HIS 117 is a First-Year Seminar and open to First-Year Students only.
Considered a World History.When offered as HIS 101, for 3-credits, fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement. When offered as HIS 117, for 4-credits, fulfills the First-Year Seminar and History Cornerstone Requirements. Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program with permission of the Program Director.Counts towards Elementary Education licensure.

3 or 4

HIS 349

The Inquisition: Myth and History

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Explores the myths and history of the Inquisition as a social, political and religious institution in Europe, the Americas, and in Goa, India, from its Medieval inception to its final abolition in the nineteenth century. Students will seek to understand why it was created, how it functioned, the impact it had on the societies that sustained it, and why it was finally abolished.

Considered a European and World History.Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program with permission of the Program Director.

3

POL 352

Transitions to Democracy and Building Democracy

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This course considers hurdles and obstacles facing countries transitioning to democracy. We study the literature on the topic and explore several cases of democratic transition and consolidation. We focus on constitution engineering and stability in post-conflict situations with weak economic development and inadequate infrastructure, corruption, and ethnic tension.

Prerequisite(s): POL 234.
Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program with permission of the Program Director.

3

REL 303

The Virgin Mary and Visions of the Feminine in Christianity

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

The development of the Church's understanding of the Virgin Mary and of other feminine aspects of the transcendent in Christian spirituality. The course begins with Mary's ideological antecedents and the issue of the "historical Mary." It explores the relationship between images of the Virgin and theologies, controversies, and heresies, as well as contemporary feminist understandings of Mary and of the divine as feminine.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Religious Studies Cornerstone Course.
Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program with permission of the Program Director.

3

SPA 349

U.S. Hispanic Literature: Voices and Experiences on Migration and Immigration

Offered: Spring Semester

In this course students will examine the topics on Hispanic migration and immigration in United States, and discussed the social justice issues and experiences of immigrants reflected in short stories, poems and novels.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 334, or SPA 336, or SPA 337 or higher.
Course may be applied to the Latin American Studies program with permission of the Program Director.

3