The major in Latin American Studies is designed to further understanding of the societies and cultures of Latin America as viewed from regional and global perspectives. The Latin American Studies major builds on a foundation of language and literature, history, history of art, theater studies, humanities, and the social sciences; its faculty is drawn from many departments and professional schools of the University.
The major in Latin American Studies is interdisciplinary. With two goals in mind—intellectual coherence and individual growth—the student proposes a course of study that must satisfy the requirements listed below. The proposed course of study must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies. Though all students choose courses in both the humanities and the social sciences, they are expected to concentrate on one or the other.
Prerequisite to the major is knowledge of the two dominant languages of the region, Spanish and Portuguese. Depending on their interests, students select one language for two years of instruction and the other for one. Other languages necessary for research may in appropriate circumstances be substituted for the second language with the consent of the director of undergraduate studies. Students are encouraged to meet the language requirements as early as possible. Courses used to satisfy the language prerequisite may not be counted toward the major.
The major itself requires twelve term courses: one introductory course approved by the director of undergraduate studies; eight courses related to Latin America from departmental offerings or from the list of electives below; two further electives, preferably seminars; and the senior essay, LAST 491. The eight Latin American content courses must be selected from the following categories: two courses in the social sciences (anthropology, economics, political science, or sociology), two courses in history, two courses in Spanish American or Brazilian literatures beyond the language requirement, one course in history of art or theater studies, and a seminar. Recommended courses are SPAN 266 and 267.
Students must enroll in three seminars or upper-level courses during their junior and senior years. For a list of seminars, students should consult the director of undergraduate studies. Elective seminars must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies.
The senior essay is a research paper written usually in one term (LAST 491). Students choose their own topics, which may derive from research done in an earlier course. The essay is planned in advance in consultation with a qualified adviser and a second reader.
In preparing the senior essay, students may undertake field research in Latin America. Support for research is available from summer travel grants through the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies and the Albert Bildner Travel Prize, for which application should be made in the spring of the junior year. Information about these and other grants is available on the Web at studentgrants.yale.edu.
Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of study abroad opportunities during summers or through the Year or Term Abroad program.
Requirements of the Major:
Languages: Two years of one language (Spanish or Portuguese); one year of the other language.
Number of courses: Twelve term courses beyond the prerequisite language courses (including the senior essay)
Distribution of courses: 1 intro course approved by DUS; 8 courses related to Latin America in specified fields, one a semester from approved list; 2 electives; 3 semesters or upper-level courses in junior and senior years
Senior requirement: Senior essay (LAST491)
Official Yale College program and course information is found in Yale College Programs of Study, available on line at www.yale.edu/yalecollege/publications/ycps.
Electives within the Major:
Students wishing to count toward the major courses that do not appear on this list should consult with the director of undergraduate studies.
Latin American Studies Courses 2012-13 (please confirm content with professor)
LAST 001 LatinAmerican Short Fiction TR Paulo Moreira
LAST 214/PLSC 378 Contesting Injustice Elisabeth Wood
LAST 220/THST 220 Theater and Poetry Workshop Bárbara Safille
LAST 222/SPAN 222 Legal Spanish Mercedes Carreras
LAST 223/SPAN 223 Spanish in Film Margherita Tórtora
LAST 224/SPAN 224 SpanishInInternatPolitcs&Media Teresa Carballal
LAST 225/SPAN 225 SpanishFor Medical Professions Mercedes Carreras
LAST 227/SPAN 227 Creative Writing María Jordán
LAST 232/ANTH 232/ARCG 232 AncientCivilizationsOfTheAndes Richard Burger
LAST 243/SPAN 243 Advanced Spanish Grammar Terry Seymour
LAST 247/SPAN 247 [IntroToCulturesOfLatinAmerica] Roberto González Echevarría
LAST 253/HIST 253J Dissidence in Hapsburg Spain María Jordán
LAST 261/SPAN 261 [StudiesIn Spanish Literature I] Susan Byrne
LAST 266/SPAN 266 StudiesIn Latin American Lit I Rolena Adorno
LAST 267/SPAN 267 StudiesIn LatinAmerican Lit II Roberto González Echevarría
LAST 313/LITR 256/JDST 313 Jewish Latin American Lit TR Adriana Jacobs
LAST 318/ARCH 341 Globalization Space Keller Easterling
LAST 348/PLSC 347/AFST 347 Post-Conflict Politics David Simon
LAST 352/PLSC 355 ArmedGroups&PatternsOfViolence Elisabeth Wood
LAST 356/HIST 358J/ER&M 270 Mexico since Independence Gilbert Joseph
LAST 361/HIST 361 History of Brazil Stuart Schwartz
LAST 363/SPAN 363 History of the Spanish Language. Kevin Poole
LAST 372/HIST 372J/ER&M 342 Revolution&ColdWarLatinAmerica Gilbert Joseph
LAST 406/EP&E 246/AFST 420/PLSC 430 PoliticsOfDevelopmentAssistnce David Simon
LAST 410/ECON 462/EP&E 228/GLBL 316 Econ of HumanCapital LatinAmer Douglas McKee
LAST 423/PLSC 423/EP&E 243/GLBL 336 PolitclEconmyOfPovrtyAlleviatn Ana Torres
LAST 465/PLSC 465 Corruption in Latin America Paul Lagunes
LAST 471 Directed Reading Aníbal González
LAST 491 The Senior Essay Aníbal González
PORT 150 Adv Practice in Portuguese Marta Almedia
PORT 210 Intro to Brazilian Literature K. David Jackson
PORT 220 Reading Contemporary Poetry K. David Jackson
PORT 350/LITR 252 Machado de Assis TR K. David Jackson
PORT 385/LITR 260 BrazilianLit in NewRepublic TR K. David Jackson
PORT 472 Directed Reading or Research K. David Jackson
SPAN 060 FreshmanColloq:LiteraryStudies Leslie Harkema
SPAN 246 Intro to the Cultures of Spain Susan Byrne
SPAN 250 Composition & Analysis Susan Byrne
SPAN 262 StudiesInSpanish Literature II
SPAN 306 Modernity in Hispanic Poetry Leslie Harkema
SPAN 303/LITR 420 The Jungle Books TR
SPAN 323/WGSS 403 Women Writers of Spain Noël Valis
SPAN 335 Law and History to Novel Susan Byrne
SPAN 351 Travelers in LatinAmer Fiction Aníbal González
SPAN 352 Spanish American Short Story Aníbal González
SPAN 353 Spanish Amer Vanguardist Lit Aníbal González
SPAN 479 DirectedReadings/IndivResearch Susan Byrne
AFAM 339/AMST 339/ER&M 343/LITR 272 Caribbean Fiction Hazel Carby
AMST 437/ER&M 411 Recording Vernacular Musics Michael Denning
ANTH 114 Intro to Medical Anthropology Sean Brotherton
ANTH 233/ARCG 233 AncientCvilizationsMesoamerica Oswaldo Mazariegos
ANTH 255/ARCG 255 Inca Culture and Society Richard Burger
ANTH 357 Anthropology of the Body Sean Brotherton
ANTH 427 Topics in Medical Anthropology Sean Brotherton
ANTH 462 EthnogrphPrspctvs:GlobalHealth Marcia Inhorn
ANTH 463/ER&M 366/SAST 419 Ethnicty, Indigeneity, Mobilty Sara Shneiderman
ECON 467/GLBL 307 EconEvolutn:LatnAmer&Caribbean Ernesto Zedillo
ER&M 200 IntroToEthnicityRace&Migration Alicia Schmidt Camacho
ER&M 383/AMST 283 The Latina/o Novel Albert Laguna
ER&M 423/AMST 329 Cuban America Albert Laguna
HIST 184/AFAM 160/AMST 160 Slavery & Abolition 1500-1888 Edward Rugemer
HIST 206J Cross-Cultural Middle Ages Paul Freedman, Kristina Hosoe
HIST 211/HUMS 381 The Birth of Europe, 1000-1500 Paul Freedman
HIST 215/HUMS 322/RLST 283 Reformation Europe, 1450-1650 Carlos Eire
HIST 369J Modern Caribbean History Jennifer Lambe
HIST 415J/AMST 318 Perspectives on World Poverty Joanne Meyerowitz
HSAR 378/AFAM 178/AFST 188/ER&M 278 BlackAtlanticVisualTradition Robert Thompson
HSAR 379/AFAM 112 NewYorkMambo: BlackCreativity Robert Thompson
PLSC 128/GLBL 247 Development under Fire Jason Lyall
ER&M 460/AMST 360 Mexicans & Mexican Americans Stephen Pitti