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 methodologies 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. Students will demonstrate their understanding by writing papers in Spanish and/or Portuguese, as well as producing 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 make a significant oral presentation, demonstrating recent knowledge from books, newspapers, and journals, many of which are written in target languages.
LAS students will demonstrate written and verbal fluency in Spanish or Portuguese.