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

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Minor

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.

Minor Requirements

The minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies is designed to complement a number of existing majors at the College by adding an international dimension. The minor is comprised of six (6) courses on Latin American and the Caribbean, including one (1) core course, and five (5) elective courses (or twenty semester hours in any combination); at least three (3) of which must be at the 300- 400-level. Only three (3) 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 minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies; these must be approved by the LACS Director.

Core Course (required)

Course NameCrs:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
LAC 200 - Foundations of Latin America and Caribbean Culture & Society

Elective Courses

(five courses or 20 semester hours in any combination)

Five (5) courses chosen from the list below; no more than three (3) courses can be taken from the same discipline.

Anthropology Courses

Course NameCrs:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
ANT 201 - Cultures of the Caribbean
ANT 302 - The Maya

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

ANT 240 - Cultures of Mexico and Central America
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 or 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

    • INB 390F - Latin American Business Environments: Costa Rica

    Latin American and Caribbean Studies Courses

    • Any topics class with a LAC designation (i.e., LAC 205)
    Course NameCrs:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
    LAC 325 - Women in Latin America

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

    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
  • Modern Languages Courses

    • Spanish, French, or Portuguese (300- or 400-level)

    Foreign Language Requirement

    Latin American and Caribbean Studies minors may take courses in Spanish, French, or Portuguese at the 300- or 400-level as electives in the minor. Students may find that they need to take courses at the 100-200 level in preparation to enroll in the required 300-400 level course. 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 a course 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.

    Additional Requirements

    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.

    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:

    International Field Study Courses

    • International field study courses in Latin American or the Caribbean
    • Study abroad courses approves by the LACS Director
    Notes: