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Latin American Studies Major

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:  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 a provided list of electives (two of these electives should be seminars) and the senior essay, LAST 491. The eight Latin American content courses should be selected from the following categories: two courses in the social sciences (anthropology, economics, or political science), two courses in history, two courses in Spanish American or Brazilian literatures beyond the language requirement, one course in one of the following areas: art, architecture, film studies, music, and theater studies.  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.

Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of study abroad opportunities during summers or through the Year or Term Abroad program.

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, Latin American Studies majors may undertake field research in Latin America. Students are encouraged to apply for summer travel grants through the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies to conduct field research for their senior thesis. The Albert Bildner prize is awarded to an outstanding Junior who submits an application in Spanish or Portuguese in addition to the English application essay. Information about these and other grants is available on the Web at studentgrants.yale.edu 

Prerequisites:  2 years of 1 language (Spanish or Portuguese), 1 year of the other

Number of courses:  12 term courses beyond prerequisites (including senior essay)

Distribution of courses:  1 intro course approved by DUS; 8 courses related to Latin America in specified fields, one a seminar from approved list; 2 electives; 3 seminars or upper-level courses in junior and senior years 

Senior requirement:  Senior essay (LAST 491)

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.   

Directed reading and senior essay courses

Other courses relevant to the major
A list of courses intended as a guide to students in preparing their programs is available at the office of the director of undergraduate studies and in the Council on Latin American & Iberian Studies. Qualified students may also elect pertinent courses in the Graduate School and in some of the professional schools with permission of the director of graduate studies and the director of undergraduate studies.

Official Yale College program and course information is found in Yale College Programs of Study, available on line at http://catalog.yale.edu/ycps/.

Latin American Studies Courses Spring 2015 (please download pdf from link/button above.)

Course

Title

Instructor

AFAM 336

Haitian &Dominican Lit &Cultur

Ramirez, Dixa 

ANTH 030

Inca Culture and Society

Burger, Richard 

ANTH 240

Health of Indigenous Peoples

Staff

ECON 462

Econ of HumanCapital LatinAmer

McKee, Douglas 

ECON 467

EconEvolutn:LatnAmer&Caribbean

Zedillo, Ernesto 

EP&E 243

PolitclEconmyOfPovrtyAlleviatn

De La O Torres, Ana 

ER&M 300

Comparative Ethnic Studies

Pitti, Stephen 

ER&M 315

Haitian &Dominican Lit &Cultur

Ramirez, Dixa 

ER&M 341

Mexico since Independence

Joseph, Gilbert 

ER&M 370

Indians&theSpanishBorderlands

Staff

ER&M 384

US Border & Immigration Policy

Barraclough, Laura 

FILM 363

RadicalCinemas ofLatin America

Fradinger, Moira

GLBL 263

Challenges of YoungDemocracies

De La O Torres, Ana 

GLBL 336

PolitclEconmyOfPovrtyAlleviatn

De La O Torres, Ana 

HSHM 422

Cartography,Territory&Identity

Rankin, William 

HSHM 466

GreatFlood &Other Catastrophes

Dal Prete, Ivano 

HIST 130J

Indians&theSpanishBorderlands

Blackhawk, Ned 

HIST 358

Mexico since Independence

Joseph, Gilbert 

HIST 361

History of Brazil

Schwartz, Stuart 

HIST 363

LatinAmerica sinceIndependence

Echeverri Munoz, Marcela 

LAST 001

LatinAmerican Short Fiction TR

Moreira, Paulo 

LAST 030

Inca Culture and Society

Burger, Richard 

LAST 150

Mexico since Independence

Joseph, Gilbert 

LAST 223

Spanish in Film

Tortora, Margherita 

LAST 225

SpanishFor Medical Professions

Carreras, Mercedes 

LAST 225

SpanishFor Medical Professions

Carreras, Mercedes 

LAST 232

AncientCivilizationsOfTheAndes

Burger, Richard 

LAST 243

Advanced Spanish Grammar

Valle, Sonia 

LAST 243

Advanced Spanish Grammar

Asensio-Manrique, Maria Pilar 

LAST 243

Advanced Spanish Grammar

Seymour, Terry 

LAST 245

LatAmerFilm:BrazilMexicoArgent

Moreira, Paulo 

LAST 267

StudiesIn LatinAmerican Lit II

Gonzalez Echevarria, Roberto 

LAST 361

History of Brazil

Schwartz, Stuart 

LAST 364

LatinAmerica sinceIndependence

Echeverri Munoz, Marcela 

LAST 393

ModBrazilian&PortugueseFictnTR

Jackson, K. David 

LAST 410

Econ of HumanCapital LatinAmer

McKee, Douglas 

LAST 423

PolitclEconmyOfPovrtyAlleviatn

De La O Torres, Ana 

LAST 471

Directed Reading

Gonzalez Perez, Anibal 

LAST 491

The Senior Essay

Gonzalez Perez, Anibal 

GLBL389

Human Rights in Latin America: Past and Present Themes

Michael Reed Hurtado

LITR 231

ModBrazilian&PortugueseFictnTR

Jackson, K. David 

LITR 321

Avant-Gardes Iberia&LatinAmer

Jackson, K. David 

LITR 360

RadicalCinemas ofLatin America

Fradinger, Moira 

PLSC 148

Human Rights Theory & Politics

Simon, David 

PLSC 423

PolitclEconmyOfPovrtyAlleviatn

De La O Torres, Ana

PLSC 439

Challenges of YoungDemocracies

De La O Torres, Ana

PORT 001

LatinAmerican Short Fiction TR

Moreira, Paulo 

PORT 120

Elementary Portuguese II

Alves Vasconcelos, Stephanie 

PORT 120

Elementary Portuguese II

Alves Vasconcelos, Stephanie 

PORT 120

Elementary Portuguese II

DePaula, Fabiana 

PORT 122

PortuguesForRomanceLangSpkrsII

Vital, Selma 

PORT 122

PortuguesForRomanceLangSpkrsII

Almeida, Marta 

PORT 125

IntensiveElementary Portuguese

Almeida, Marta 

PORT 140

Intermediate Portuguese II

Vital, Selma 

PORT 140

Intermediate Portuguese II

Vital, Selma 

PORT 222

Narratives of Memory

Vital, Selma 

PORT 246

LatAmerFilm:BrazilMexicoArgent

Moreira, Paulo 

PORT 249

CurrentIssues in BrazilCulture

Staff

PORT 300

The Short Story: Major Authors

Jackson, K. David 

PORT 370

Avant-Gardes Iberia&LatinAmer

Jackson, K. David 

PORT 393

ModBrazilian&PortugueseFictnTR

Jackson, K. David 

SPAN 050

LatinAmerican Short Fiction TR

Moreira, Paulo 

SPAN 110

Elementary Spanish I

 

SPAN 120

Elementary Spanish II

 

SPAN 130

Intermediate Spanish I

 

SPAN 140

Intermediate Spanish II

 

SPAN 142

SpanishForHeritage Speakers II

Alexandrov, Sybil 

SPAN 145

Intensive Intermediate Spanish

Safille, Barbara 

SPAN 223

Spanish in Film

Tortora, Margherita 

SPAN 225

SpanishFor Medical Professions

Carreras, Mercedes 

SPAN 225

SpanishFor Medical Professions

Carreras, Mercedes 

SPAN 243

Advanced Spanish Grammar

Valle, Sonia 

SPAN 243

Advanced Spanish Grammar

Asensio-Manrique, Maria Pilar 

SPAN 243

Advanced Spanish Grammar

Seymour, Terry 

SPAN 245

LatAmerFilm:BrazilMexicoArgent

Moreira, Paulo 

SPAN 246

Intro to the Cultures of Spain

Valis, Noel 

SPAN 267

StudiesIn LatinAmerican Lit II

Gonzalez Echevarria, Roberto 

SPAN 368

Pilgrimage Road to Santiago

Poole, Kevin 

SPAN 397

Renaissance Spanish Poetry

Byrne, Susan 

SPAN 479

DirectedReadings/IndivResearch

Byrne, Susan 

SPAN 491

The Senior Essay

Byrne, Susan 

 

 

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