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02-03 LS&A Bulletin

Latino Studies

May be elected as an area concentration program

Prerequisites to the Concentration. Seven credits in American Culture, including AMCULT 212 or 213, "Introduction to Latino Studies" (3 credits).

Concentration Program. An interdisciplinary degree, the Latina/Latino Studies concentration consists of 30 credits beyond the introductory prerequisites. The objective of this concentration program is to engage students in a diversity of disciplinary approaches to the study of U.S. Latino/as as well as to introduce them to the central intellectual questions and topics that have emerged in this field of inquiry. Given the interdisciplinary nature of Latino Studies, students interested in pursuing graduate study in a particular discipline should double concentrate in the respective department in order to have the needed background to enter graduate school. The concentration consists of:

  1. Language Requirement. Latina/Latino Studies concentrators must prove competency in Spanish. They can do this either by enrolling in SPANISH 290 / AMCULT 224, "Spanish for U.S. Latino/as," (4 credits) or by proving equivalency at the SPANISH 275/276 level. Spanish native speakers who have enrolled in upper-level Spanish courses and complete them successfully may have this requirement waived by passing a proficiency interview and having a waiver form signed.
  2. Required Courses:
    1. AMCULT 312, "History of U.S. Latinos"
    2. AMCULT 243, "Latinas in the United States" or three credits on a gender-focused course in Latino Studies.
    3. One course or three credits in a Latino Studies course that focuses on race and racialization in the Americas. Courses in other departments may count with the approval of the advisor.
    4. Three credits of community-service learning in a Latino context. Courses may be chosen from among the following: AMCULT 310, "Schooling and Community," SOC 389-018, "Tutoring Latinos," PSYCH 401-001, "Community Practice in Spanish." Appropriate practicum courses offered under AMCULT 309 may also meet this requirement. Students may also complete this requirement through independent studies or through a combination of one-credit units of community service learning attached to specific courses.
  3. Electives and Cognates. One course each in two of the following fields:
    • Latin American culture, history, literature
    • African American Studies
    • Asian American Studies
    • Native American Studies
  4. Additional Electives. The remaining 12 credits can be elected from 300- and 400-level Latino Studies courses. Courses focusing on U.S. Latinos offered by other departments may also count toward electives if approved by concentration advisor.

Advising. Students are encouraged to consult with the Director of the Latina/Latino Studies Program who serves as concentration advisor. For appointments regarding the concentration program, please call (734) 647-9535.

Undergraduate Committee. Students who wish to consult or petition the program regarding any requirement should submit a written request addressed to the Program Undergraduate Committee.


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