Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2020-21 College of Liberal Arts Program: Latin American and Caribbean Studies Major Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Major

Meet the Faculty

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) program is a holistic and interdisciplinary field of study that explores, among other themes, the diverse cultures, history, ideologies, languages, literatures, natural environment and political economy of Latin America and the Caribbean as well as the challenges facing this critical region in the twenty-first century. Latin America and the Caribbean are important in a local and national sense because of the region’s many connections to Florida and the United States. Latin America and the Caribbean are also critical in a global sense because of the region’s rising economic and geopolitical significance.

The program is designed to educate students for global citizenship and responsible leadership, and to prepare graduates for productive careers in business, government, and other professions. Students majoring in Latin American and Caribbean Studies are expected to:

  • Demonstrate a breadth and depth of knowledge of the forces that have shaped the region of Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Learn to think critically about a region that is deeply connected to but also distinct from (North) American society.
  • Achieve competence in Spanish, Portuguese or French.

Students are encouraged to experience cultural immersion by participating in one of Rollins’ overseas programs to the region.

Major Requirements

Ten (10) courses (40 semester hours) are required. At least seven (7) of these courses must be completed at Rollins and five (5) must be at the 300-400 level. The major consists of two core courses, at least one advanced course in modern languages, three divisional courses, and four elective courses (or sixteen semester hours in any combination). No more than five (5) courses taken to fulfill requirements in another major or minor from the departments listed below, and with a concentration on Latin America or the Caribbean, may count toward meeting the requirements of the major in Latin American and Caribbean Studies; these must be approved by the LACS Director.

Core Courses (two courses required)

Course NameCrs:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
LAC 200 - Foundations of Latin America and Caribbean Culture & Society
LAC 400 - Seminar in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (capstone seminar)

Prereq(s): Second-semester junior or senior standing and LAC 200.

Foreign Language Requirement (one course required)

All Latin American and Caribbean Studies majors are required to take one (1) course in Spanish, French, or Portuguese at the 300- or 400-level, including those students who have native proficiency. Students may find that they need to take courses at the 100-200 level in preparation to enroll in the required 300-400 level courses. Students wishing to fulfill the foreign language requirement through courses in French or Portuguese should consult with the LACS Director regarding appropriate selections. Students wishing to fulfill the foreign language requirement through courses in Spanish should select from the following list.

Course NameCrs:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
SPN 303 - Business Spanish for Non-Native Speakers

Prereq(s): SPN 202 or SPN 210R  or SPN 291   or one 300-level SPN course, or instructor consent.

SPN 322 - Peoples and Cultures of Latin America

Prereq(s): SPN 202 or SPN 210R  or SPN 291   or one 300-level SPN course, or instructor consent.

SPN 330 - U.S. Latino Literature: Writings from Migration and Exile

Prereq(s): SPN 301   or instructor consent.

SPN 332 - Colonial Spanish Literature: Language and Empire: The Sword, the Cross, and the Quill

Prereq(s): SPN 301   or instructor consent.

SPN 334 - Latin American Identity in Literature

Prereq(s): SOC 301   or instructor consent.

SPN 336 - Latin American Short Fiction

Prereq(s): SPN 301   or instructor consent.

SPN 337 - Performing Identity: Hispanic Theatre Today

Prereq(s): SPN 301   or instructor consent.

SPN 338 - Race, Class, and Gender in Latin American Literature

Prereq(s): SPN 301   or instructor consent.

SPN 342 - Latin American Film

Prereq(s): SPN 202 or SPN 210R  or SPN 291   or one 300-levelSPN course, or instructor consent.

SPN 344 - CSI in Latin America: Crime, Family Ties, and National Politics

Prereq(s): SPN 301   or instructor consent.

Note

Students who do not have “native proficiency” in Spanish, as determined by the Spanish section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, will be required to take additional courses that are prerequisites to the 300-400 level Spanish courses.

According to different levels of preparation and previous courses, students will need to complete a minimum of one (1) and a maximum of five (5) Spanish courses before taking a 300-level course.

In order to take a 300-level course in Spanish, students must complete the following:

  • two (2) SPN 200-level courses OR
  • one (1) SPN 200-level course and obtain signed consent from professor. (Consent is usually granted with a grade ‘B+’ or higher in the lower-level course.)

Students may complete some or all of the 100-200 level Spanish courses through immersion programs abroad (in Spain or Latin America) taught entirely in Spanish. The one (1) 300-level course should be taken at Rollins or at a Rollins-affiliated program.

Divisional Courses (three courses required)

Three (3) courses chosen from three (3) different disciplines, anthropology, economics, environmental studies, history, international business, political science, and humanities (as approved by the LACS Director, are required.)

Anthropology Courses

Course NameCrs:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
ANT 201 - Cultures of the Caribbean
ANT 240 - Cultures of Mexico and Central America
ANT 302 - The Maya

Prereq(s): Completion of one ANT or LAC course.

ANT 395 - Topics in Anthropology (focus on Latin America or the Caribbean)
ANT 345 - Brazilian Amazon: Culture and Environmental Change

Prereq(s): Completion of one LAC, ANT, ENV, IR, or SOC course.

ANT 365 - Real and the Supernatural in Latin America

Prereq(s): Completion of one ANT course

  • A 300-400 level equivalent course on Latin America or the Caribbean as approved by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Steering Committee
  • Economics Courses

    Course NameCrs:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
    ECO 126 - Economics and Public Policy
    ECO 203 - Principles of Micro and Macroeconomics

    Environmental Studies Courses

    Course NameCrs:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
    ENV 206 - Caribbean Environmental History
    ENV 395 - Topics: Environmental Studies
    ENV 323 - Conservation of Biodiversity

    Prereq(s): ENV 130 or ENV 225.

    ENV 348 - Sustainable Development
    ENV 353 - National Parks and Protected Areas (focus on Latin America and the Caribbean)

    Co-requisite(s): ENV 353F.

    ENV 365 - Environment and Development in Central America

    Co-requisite(s): ENV 365F.

    ENV 375 - Island Economies and Sustainability in the Caribbean

    Co-requisite(s): ENV 375F.

    ENV 385 - Sustainable Development in the Amazon Basin

    Co-requisite(s): ENV 385F.

  • A 300-400 level equivalent course on Latin America or the Caribbean as approved by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Steering Committee
  • History Courses

    Course NameCrs:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
    HIS 120 - Decade of Decision (Topics vary.  Contact program director for list of approved topics)
  • 300-400 level courses in Latin America or the Caribbean (approved by LACS Steering Committee)
  • International Business Courses

    Contact program director for list of approved courses.

    Political Science Courses

    Course NameCrs:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
    POL 312 - Problems of Latin America

    Prereq(s): POL 100 or POL 130  at least one LAC course.

    POL 317 - Latin America and the United States in World Politics

    Prereq(s): POL 100 or POL 130 or one LAC course.

    POL 321 - The Politics of Latin America

    Prereq(s): POL 100 or POL 130  or at least one LAC course or consent.

  • A 300-400 level equivalent course on Latin America or the Caribbean as approved by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Steering Committee
  • Humanities Courses

    Course NameCrs:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
  • A course on Latin America or the Caribbean as approved by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Steering Committee
  • MUS 295 - Topics in Music
    MUS 260 - Music of the Caribbean and Brazil: From the Son to the Samba:

    Elective Courses

    (16 semester hours in any combination)

    Students must complete sixteen (16) semester hours of additional courses on Latin American and the Caribbean. These semester hours may be fulfilled by taking additional courses from the list above (including modern languages), or may be fulfilled by any of the following. International field study courses in Latin American or the Caribbean Topical courses with a LAC course designation (i.e., LAC 205) Study abroad courses approves by the LACS Director 

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