Latin American Studies Major, B.A.

Curriculum in Latin American Studies

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Beatriz Riefkohl-Muñiz, Director of Undergraduate Studies

riefkohl@email.unc.edu

 The three main goals of the Curriculum in Latin American Studies are

  1. to develop students’ basic knowledge and comprehension of key themes in Latin American and Caribbean history, cultures, and contemporary social, economic, and political issues;
  2. to develop students’ abilities to think critically, in an interdisciplinary manner, about Latin American and Caribbean issues, past and present, and to locate them within broader global perspectives; and
  3. to develop students’ proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese and other languages of the region as needed, as part of their program of study.

Requirements 

In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must

  • attain a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • complete a minimum of 45 academic credit hours earned from UNC-Chapel Hill courses
  • take at least half of their major course requirements (courses and credit hours) at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 18 hours of C or better in the major core requirements (some majors require 21 hours).

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements (10 courses)
Introduction to Latin American Studies (recommended) 1
Capstone Seminar (required) 1
Four courses required in the declared primary sequence12
Two courses in each of the other three sequences18
Additional Requirements
Spanish or Portuguese at least through the fifth-semester course
Total Hours30
1

both courses may count in any sequence.

The Curriculum in Latin American Studies is divided into two concentrations: humanities and social sciences. These concentrations are further divided into sequences: humanities, into history and culture-literature sequences; social sciences, into journalism-political science and anthropology-economics-geography sequences. To ensure depth in a single discipline of Latin American and Caribbean studies, four of the 10 courses required for the major must be selected from one of the sequences. To ensure breadth of exposure to other areas of Latin American and Caribbean studies, two courses must be selected from each of the other three sequences.

Humanities Concentration

History Sequence

AAAD 260Blacks in Latin America3
AAAD 385Emancipation in the New World3
HIST 142Latin America under Colonial Rule3
HIST 143Latin America since Independence3
HIST 240Introduction to Mexico: A Nation in Four Revolutions3
HIST 241History of Latinos in the United States3
HIST 242United States-Latin American Relations3
HIST 278The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade3
HIST 528Guerrillas and Counterinsurgencies in Latin America3
HIST 529Mexico, 1750-1870: War, Independence, and Reforms: Citizenship and Conflict in a New Nation3
HIST 531History of the Caribbean3
HIST 532History of Cuba3
HIST 533History of Brazil3
HIST 534The African Diaspora3
HIST 574Spanish Borderlands in North America3
HIST/WMST 280Women and Gender in Latin American History3
LTAM 291The Latino Experience in the United States3

Culture-Literature Sequence

Portuguese
PORT 310Intensive Oral Communication in Portuguese3
PORT 323Cultures of Brazil, Portugal, and Portuguese Africa3
PORT 370Modern Brazilian Literature in English Translation3
PORT 375Portuguese and Brazilian Fiction in Translation3
PORT 382Women Writers: Brazil and Beyond3
PORT 388Portuguese, Brazilian, and African Identity in Film3
PORT 503Survey of Brazilian Literature I3
PORT 504Survey of Brazilian Literature II3
PORT 535Brazilian Drama3
Spanish
SPAN 270Contemporary Spanish American Prose Fiction in Translation3
SPAN 344Latin@ American Cultural Topics3
SPAN 361Hispanic Film3
SPAN 373Studies in Latin American Literature3
SPAN 374Mesoamerica through Its Native Literatures3
SPAN 381Studies in Spanish and Spanish American Poetry3
SPAN 385Contemporary Spanish American Prose Fiction3
SPAN 387Eroticism in Contemporary Latin American Literature3
SPAN 389Outside Cuba: Diasporic Literature and Culture3
SPAN 613Colonial and 19th-Century Spanish American Literature3
SPAN 614Modernist and Contemporary Spanish American Literature3
SPAN 625Indigenous Literatures and Cultures of the Américas3
SPAN/WMST 620Women in Hispanic Literature3
Other Courses
ARTH 157Introduction to Latin American Visual Culture3
ARTH 160Introduction to the Art and Architecture of Pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica3
ARTH 267Latin American Modernisms3
ARTH 277Art and Architecture of Viceregal Latin America3
ARTH 352Religious Architecture and Visual Culture in Latin America3
CMPL 133Great Books II: Imaging the Americas from the Late 18th Century to the Present3
DRAM 288Theatre for Social Change3
DRAM 486Latin American Theatre3
ENGL 685Literature of the Americas3
LING 558Ancient Mayan Hieroglyphs3
LING 560Mesoamerican Languages and Linguistics3
LING 561Native Languages of the Americas3
LTAM 411Summer Intensive Introductory Course in Yucatec Maya6
LTAM 512Summer Intensive Continuing Course in Yucatec Maya6
MAYA 401Introduction to Yucatec Maya3
MUSC 147Introduction to Latin(o) American Music3

Social Sciences Concentration

Journalism-Political Science Sequence

MEJO 443Latino Media Studies3
MEJO 446Global Communication and Comparative Journalism3
MEJO 490Special Topics in Mass Communication H1-3
PLCY 349Immigration Policy in the 21st Century3
POLI 231Latin America and the United States in World Politics3
POLI 238Contemporary Latin American Politics H3
POLI 434Politics of Mexico3
POLI 435Democracy and Development in Latin America H3
POLI 436Democracy and Development in Latin America (Spanish)3
POLI 450Contemporary Inter-American Relations H3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Anthropology-Economics-Geography Sequence

Anthropology
ANTH 103Anthropology of Globalization3
ANTH 142Local Cultures, Global Forces H3
ANTH 231Archaeology of South America3
ANTH 232Ancestral Maya Civilizations H3
ANTH 320Anthropology of Development3
ANTH 360Latin American Economy and Society3
ANTH 439Political Ecology3
ANTH 453Field School in South American Archaeology H6
ANTH/FOLK 130Anthropology of the Caribbean3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Economics
ECON 450Health Economics: Problems and Policy3
ECON 454Economics of Population3
ECON 465Economic Development3
ECON 560Advanced International Economics3
ECON/EURO/PWAD 460International Economics3
Geography
GEOG 130Geographical Issues in the Developing World H3
GEOG 259Geography of Latin America3
GEOG 430Global Migrations, Local Impacts: Urbanization and Migration in the United States3
GEOG 452Mobile Geographies: The Political Economy of Migration3
GEOG 457Rural Latin America: Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources3
GEOG 458Urban Latin America: Politics, Economy, and Society3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Other Courses
AAAD 260Blacks in Latin America3
AAAD 460Race, Culture, and Politics in Brazil3
ANTH/LING 303Native Languages of the Americas3
LTAM 411Summer Intensive Introductory Course in Yucatec Maya6
LTAM 512Summer Intensive Continuing Course in Yucatec Maya6
RELI 245Latina/o Religions in the United States-Mexico Borderlands H3
SOCI 453Social Change in Latin America3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Listed above are the most commonly offered courses in each sequence. Please note that not all the courses on Latin American and Caribbean topics are listed here, and many other courses may satisfy the major requirements. Special topics courses, first-year seminars, undergraduate seminars, independent studies, and capstone courses taught by Latin Americanist and Caribbeanist faculty members on Latin American and Caribbean topics also may count.

Additional Requirements

Majors are encouraged to work toward proficiency in both Spanish and Portuguese. Language across the curriculum (LAC) courses allow students to use their Spanish or Portuguese in select courses. Students taking LAC courses with Spanish or Portuguese recitation sections may receive one hour of additional credit by enrolling in SPAN 308.

All General Education requirements apply. First- and second-year students are strongly encouraged to enroll in LTAM 101, an interdisciplinary introductory course offered each year, usually in the spring.

The following courses are recommended for fulfilling General Education requirements for students interested in majoring in Latin American studies:

Foreign Language

Spanish or Portuguese should be used to satisfy the Foundations foreign language requirement. The foreign language 1 through 4 sequence (PORT 101, PORT 102, PORT 203, and PORT 204 or SPAN 101, SPAN 102, SPAN 203, and SPAN 204) may be completed in two semesters by enrolling in intensive courses (PORT 111 and PORT 212, or SPAN 111 and SPAN 212).

Visual and Performing Arts

DRAM 486Latin American Theatre3
MUSC 146Introduction to World Musics3

Literary Arts

PORT 370Modern Brazilian Literature in English Translation3
PORT 375Portuguese and Brazilian Fiction in Translation3
SPAN 260Introduction to Spanish and Spanish American Literature H3
SPAN 270Contemporary Spanish American Prose Fiction in Translation3
SPAN 373Studies in Latin American Literature3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

ANTH 130Anthropology of the Caribbean3
ANTH 142Local Cultures, Global Forces H3
ANTH 320Anthropology of Development3
ECON 101Introduction to Economics H3
GEOG 120World Regional Geography3
GEOG 130Geographical Issues in the Developing World H3
HIST 142Latin America under Colonial Rule3
HIST 143Latin America since Independence3
PLCY 349Immigration Policy in the 21st Century3
POLI 231Latin America and the United States in World Politics3
POLI 238Contemporary Latin American Politics H3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Special Opportunities in Latin American Studies

Honors in Latin American Studies

Latin American studies majors with an overall grade point average of 3.3 are invited to pursue a degree with honors by writing an honors thesis during the senior year. Each honors thesis is written under the direction of an appropriate faculty advisor; when completed, the thesis must be defended orally before an examining board of faculty members. Honors candidates enroll in the two honors courses (LTAM 691H and LTAM 692H). LTAM 691H counts as a course in the student’s concentration.

Experiential Education

Students who are particularly committed to field experience or experiential education in Latin America may be able to arrange for this through independent study credit. Students wishing to do so should have the academic support of a regular faculty member and contact the institute’s associate director well in advance of the semester in which the experience is to take place.

Intensive Yucatec Maya

Each summer the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of North Carolina and Duke University offers intensive instruction in modern Yucatec Maya, with a secondary focus on ancient, colonial, and modern Maya culture. The courses include classroom instruction in Chapel Hill (LTAM 411) or in Mérida, Mexico (LTAM 512 and LTAM 690), and a field study experience in Yucatán, Mexico. See the Maya program Web site for current course information.

Independent Study

Any student may enroll in independent study (LTAM 396) with the permission of the curriculum faculty advisor and the agreement of a Latin American or Caribbean studies faculty member who will supervise the student’s independent study project. This course may be used to fulfill the requirements of the major, and it is often linked to internships or to undergraduate grants for summer research travel.

Study Abroad

Study abroad is not a requirement of the major; however, living and studying in Latin America or the Caribbean is highly recommended as an experience that majors should consider. The UNC–Chapel Hill Study Abroad Office offers a broad range of programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Visit the Study Abroad Office Web site at studyabroad.unc.edu. ISA and the Study Abroad Office offer competitive scholarships for majors wishing to undertake study in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Undergraduate Awards

Each year UNC–Chapel Hill offers funding opportunities for students conducting research or studying abroad in Latin America or the Caribbean. These include the Julia Crane, Halpern, and Mellon Awards. The Federico Gil award recognizes the best undergraduate honors thesis written on a Latin American or Caribbean topic. Contact the director of undergraduate studies for information.

Undergraduate Research

Latin American Studies majors are eligible to develop a senior thesis project in their last year. The thesis may be related to a field work project the summer after the junior year. A small number of grants might be available for undergraduate field research in Latin America, especially in connection with a senior thesis.