Latin American Studies Major

Learning outcomes for the Latin American Studies Major

Requirements for the Latin American Studies Major

The Latin American Studies major requires a minimum of nine units in at least three departments. Before declaring a major, students should consult with a faculty advisor and the Director of Latin American Studies; both must approve the major plan. Requirements include:

Honors in Latin American Studies

The only route to honors in the major is writing a thesis on Latin America and passing an oral examination. To be admitted to the honors program, a student must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 in all work in the major field above the 100-level; the program may petition on behalf of a student whose GPA in the major is between 3.0 and 3.5. If a student is eligible and intends to complete a thesis, she should meet with her major advisor and the director during Spring Semester of her junior year.

International Study and Transfer Credit in Latin American Studies

Majors are strongly encouraged to spend at least one semester studying in Latin America. Wellesley-in-Chile offers students the option of studying at several universities in Santiago or Valparaiso. Students should consult the Office of International Study for information on Wellesley-in-Chile and other approved study abroad programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. In order to obtain major or minor credit for courses taken at another college or university, students must obtain the director’s approval. Majors and minors are advised to consult the director prior to choosing courses. In general, courses taken abroad will not be transferred at the 300 level. With the director’s permission, MIT courses may be counted for credit towards the major or minor.

 

Humanities Courses for Credit Toward the Latin American Studies Major and Minor

AFR 207 Images of Africana People Through the Cinema

1.0

AFR 234 Introduction to West Indian Literature

1.0

AFR 242 / REL 214 New World Afro-Atlantic Religions

1.0

AFR 256 / PORT 256 Cultures of the Portuguese-Speaking World through Film, Music and Fiction (In English)

1.0

AFR 320 / AMST 320 Seminar: Blackness in the American Literary Imagination

1.0

ARTH 207 / ARTH 307 Diego Rivera: Art and Social Change 1.0
ARTH 234 Latin American Art 1.0
ARTH 236  The Arts of the Ancient Americas 1.0 
ARTH 258 The Global Americas, 1400 to Today

1.0

ARTH 334 Latin American Art

1.0

ARTH 339 Seminar: Who Was Frida Kahlo?

1.0

CAMS 240 / WGST 240 Gendering the Bronze Screen: Representations of Chicanas/Latinas in Film

1.0

LAST 221

Memories of Cuba: Intersections between History and Culture on the Island

0.5

LAST 273 / SPAN 273 Latin American Civilization

1.0

LAST 275 / SPAN 275 The Making of Modern Latin American Culture 1.0
PORT 241 Introduction to Lusophone Studies

1.0

REL 226 The Virgin Mary

1.0

REL 326 Seminar: Theologies of Liberation

1.0

SPAN 245 Maps and Minds: Inventing the Americas Through Geographic Imagination

1.0

SPAN 253 The Latin American Short Story

1.0

SPAN 255 Chicano Literature: From the Chronicles to the Present

1.0

SPAN 257 The Word and the Song: Contemporary Latin American Poetry

1.0

SPAN 263 Women's Art and Activism in Latin America

1.0

SPAN 265 Latin American Cinema

1.0

SPAN 267 The Writer and Human Rights in Latin America

1.0

SPAN 269 Caribbean Literature and Culture

1.0

SPAN 271 Intersecting Currents: Afro-Hispanic and Indigenous Writers in Latin American Literature

1.0

SPAN 277 Jewish Women Writers of Latin America

1.0

SPAN 279 Female Fashion in Colonial Latin America 1.0
SPAN 291 Goddesses, Muses, Warriors: Women in Pre-Hispanic and Colonial Latin America

1.0

SPAN 293 The Legacy of the Nineteenth Century: Race, Gender, and Nation in Latin American Literature and Culture 1.0
SPAN 299 Affect and Emotions in Latin American Literature and Film 1.0
SPAN 301 Seminar: New Argentine Cinema

1.0

SPAN 303 Seminar: Argentine Women Filmmakers

1.0

SPAN 305 Seminar: Hispanic Literature of the United States

1.0

SPAN 307 Seminar: The Clothed and the Naked in Colonial Latin America

1.0

SPAN 309 Seminar: Between Paradise and Prison: Cuban Literature and Culture in Transition

1.0

SPAN 321 Migration, Heritage, Identity: Eastern Europe in Latin America

1.0

SPAN 323 Modern Mexico 1.0
SPAN 325 Seminar: Candid Cuisine: Food in Latin American Literature and Culture

1.0

SPAN 327 Seminar: Latin American Women Writers: Identity, Marginality, and the Literary Canon

1.0

SPAN 329 Seminar: Chile: Literature and the Arts

1.0

SPAN 335 Seminar: Asia in Latin America: Literary and Cultural Connections

1.0

SPAN 340 Calderwood Seminar in Public Writing: Unity and Diversity in the Hispanic World

1.0

WGST 216 Women and Popular Culture: Latinas as Nannies, Spitfires, and Sexpots

1.0

WGST 218 Stage Left: Chicanx/Latinx Theatre and Performance

1.0

WGST 326 Seminar: Crossing the Border(s): Narratives of Transgression

1.0

Upon enrollment in the following courses for credit toward the major or minor, the student must notify the instructor that the course is to be counted for Latin American Studies and that, as such, the student will be required to write a paper with a focus on Latin America.

AFR 207, AFR 242, AFR 320/AMST 320, REL 226, REL 326

 

Social Science Courses for Credit Toward the Latin American Studies Major and Minor

AFR 226 Environmental Justice, "Race," and Sustainable Development

1.0

AFR 244 Woman and Slavery in the Trans-Atlantic World 1.0
AFR 297 Medical Anthropology: A Comparative Study of Healing Systems

1.0

AFR 299 Seminar: Caribbean Culture 1.0
AFR 306 Urban Development and the Underclass: Comparative Case Studies

1.0

AFR 341 Africans of the Diaspora 1.0
AMST 161 Introduction to Latina/o Studies

1.0

AMST 217 Latina/o Popular Music and Identity

1.0

AMST 225 / SOC 225 Life in the Big City: Urban Studies and Policy

1.0

AMST 235 From Zumba to Taco Trucks: Consuming Latina/o Cultures

1.0

AMST 246 / SOC 246 U.S. Immigration  1.0
AMST 290 Afro-Latinas/os in the U.S.

1.0

AMST 325 Puerto Ricans at Home and Beyond: Popular Culture, Race, and Latino/a Identities in Puerto Rico and the U.S.

1.0

AMST 327 New Directions in Black and Latina Feminisms: Beyoncé, J-Lo, and Other Divas?

1.0

ANTH 210 Political Anthropology

1.0

ANTH 231 / PEAC 231 Anthropology In and Of the City

1.0

ANTH 235 / MUS 245 Doing Ethnomusicology: Critical Music Studies “Out in the Field”

1.0

ANTH 245 / LAST 245 Culture, Politics, and Power: Anthropological Perspectives on Latin America 1.0
ANTH 345 / MUS 345

Introduction to Ethnomusicology: The Anthropology of Music

1.0
ANTH 341 Indigenous Resurgence

1.0

ANTH 346 Seminar: Doing Well, Doing Good?: The Political Lives of NGOs

1.0

ECON 241 / LAST 241 Poverty and Inequality in Latin America

1.0

ES 229 Latin America: Topics in Food Systems and the Environment

1.0

ES 329

Latin America: Topics in Food and Environment

1.0
HIST 207 / LAST 207 Contemporary Problems in Latin American History

1.0

HIST 211 / LAST 211 The Empire of the Indies: Spanish Rule in America and the Philippines (ca. 1500s – ca.1780s)

1.0

HIST 212 Atlantic Revolutions and the Birth of Nations

1.0

HIST 215 Gender and Nation in Latin America 1.0
HIST 244 History of the American West: Manifest Destiny to Pacific Imperialism

1.0

HIST 358 Seminar: Pepper, Silver, and Silk: The Political Culture of Early Commodity Circulation

1.0

HIST 359

Seminar: Speaking Ruins: Antiiquity and Modernity in the History of the Spanish World

1.0 
HIST 377 Seminar: The City in Latin America

1.0

LAST 101 Introduction to Latin American Studies

1.0

LAST 217 / POL2 207 Politics of Latin America

1.0

MUS 210 Music and the Global Metropolis

1.0

MUS 214 Experiencing the Music, Dance, and Culture of Haiti

0.5

MUS 300 Topic for Spring 2020: Latin Jazz and Afro-Latin Experimentalism 1.0
POL1 365 Latino Politics 1.0
POL2 306 Seminar: Revolution

1.0

POL2 368 Seminar: Democratic Consolidation and Erosion

1.0

POL2 310 Seminar: Politics of Community Development

1.0

POL4 345 Seminar: Black Liberation from Haiti to Black Lives Matter

1.0

Upon enrollment in the following courses for credit toward the major or minor, the student must notify the instructor that the course is to be counted for Latin American Studies and that, as such, the student will be required to write a paper with a focus on Latin America.

AFR 226, AFR 244, AFR 297, AFR 306, AFR 341, AMST 225/SOC 225, ANTH 210, ANTH 231/PEAC 231, ANTH 235/MUS 245, ANTH 341, ANTH 345/MUS 345, ANTH 346, HIST 212, HIST 244, MUS 210, POL2 306, POL2 310, POL2 368, POL4 345

 

Other Courses for Credit Toward the Latin American Studies Major and Minor

ENGR 120 Making a Difference through Engineering

1.0

Upon enrollment in the following courses for credit toward the major or minor, the student must notify the instructor that the course is to be counted for Latin American Studies and that, as such, the student will be required to write a paper with a focus on Latin America.

ENGR 120