Latin American Studies
The student will understand and interpret foundational knowledge relating to historical, socio-cultural, geographic and economic conditions in Latin America, as well as how Latin America interacted with major world powers.
Social Science Research and Writing Methodology
Our LAS students should understand basic methodology of social science research and writing as well as humantities/language based research. This will include modern library skills, as well as humanities/language based research, and demonstrate that understanding by writing papers in Spanish and/or Portuguese, as well as a major capstone project of 20 plus pages.
Oral Presentation of Critically Analyzed Ideas
LAS students will be able to critically analyze ideas, evidence and arguments relating to a current topic or a significant historical event/process in Latin America, and effect a significant oral presentation, demonstrating recent knowledge from newspapers and journals in the target language.
LAS students will demonstrate both written and verbal fluency in Spanish or Portuguese.