Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies (LAS) provides a broad-ranging course of scholarship. Students integrate the study of Latin American-predominant languages (Spanish and Portuguese) with the history, geography, cultures, politics, economies, religions, and societies of the region. Current global events—including significant regional trade agreements, questions about the United States’ role in the region, and the increasing economic importance of Brazil and Venezuela—have sparked renewed interest in Latin America.  With interdisciplinary courses spanning upper division Spanish to sociology, students gain a grasp of the region’s past, present, and future. Undergraduates have the opportunity to incorporate study abroad programs in Buenos Aires and Guanajuato, Mexico, as well as Spring Break programs in other countries, to work toward completing the major. In an increasing global market, proficiency in a second language and a broad knowledge of a region’s culture gives students skills that help set them apart in the workforce. Latin American Studies allows students to concentrate their coursework on a region of the world of unquestioned social and economic importance.

Students who earn a degree in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences must complete the University requirements, the College requirements for their specific degree program, and their major requirements.

Minors

All students have the possibility of earning one or more minors; view a list of all available minors and their requirements here. Please note that students may not earn a minor in their major field.

Certificate of Global Engagement

Students in the Eberly College, regardless of their major, can earn a Certificate of Global Engagement. Completion of the Certificate demonstrates the student’s knowledge of diverse cultures, as well as the ability to communicate and interact effectively with people of different cultural backgrounds.  Students will be required to apply their knowledge of contemporary issues and global social contexts to their course work and their broader citizenship.  For details regarding Certificate requirements, please visit the Eberly College page.

Freshmen are admitted directly into the major.   Students admitted from the Center for Learning, Advising, and Student Success or another major must have a 2.0 GPA overall, and a minimum of one SPAN or PORT language course with at least a C.  Please see an adviser for details.

Benchmarks Expectations: By the end of the 2nd year in the major, students should have completed SPAN or PORT 204. Progress review in middle of 3rd semester. All majors must meet with an LAS adviser each semester.  Students who do not meet their benchmarks could be removed from their major.
 

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Degree Requirements

Students must complete WVU General Education Foundations requirements, College B.A. requirements, major requirements, and electives to total a minimum of 120 hours. For complete details on these requirements, visit the B.A. Degrees tab on the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences page.

Program Requirements for the B.A. in Latin American Studies

  • Capstone Requirement: The university requires the successful completion of a Capstone course.  Students in the LAS major must complete FCLT 488.
     
  • Writing and Communication Skills Requirement: Latin American Studies Bachelor of Arts students fulfill the Writing and Communication Skills requirement by completing ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 (or ENGL 103), and two additional SpeakWrite Certified CoursesTMFCLT 488 (capstone), and a 2nd course selected from FLIT 266, HIST 241, HIST 242, HIST 350, SPAN 330 or SPAN 334
     
  • Calculation of the GPA in the Major: Students must earn a C- or better in all classes applied to the LAS major. If a course is repeated, all attempts will be included in the calculation of the GPA unless the course is eligible for a D/F repeat. 
  • Residency Requirements: A student completing a major in LAS must complete a residency requirement of 15 hours in the major on campus.
  • Note: Students majoring in International Studies or Spanish can apply only nine hours of credits used to fulfill requirements of those majors toward the LAS major.

Curriculum Requirements

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS34
First Year Seminar
GEF: credits may vary depending on overlap
ECAS B.A. Requirements12
Foreign Language
Fine Arts Requirements
Global Studies & Diversity Requirement
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
A minimum grade of C- is required in all courses applied to the major
Foundation course3
The Many Latin Americas
Language Requirement6
Select 6 credits in the same language
Spanish for Heritage Speakers
Readings in Spanish
Writing in the Hispanic World
Spanish Through Media
Spanish Conversation
Intermediate Portuguese 1
Intermediate Portuguese 2
Social Sciences9
(no more than six credits from one discipline)
Latin America: Past and Present
Latin America: Culture, Conquest, Colonization
Latin America: Reform and Revolution
The Aztec, Maya, and Inca
Women in Colonial Latin America
Governments of Latin America
Latin American Culture
Mesoamerican Archaeology
Literature and Culture6
Select two courses from the following:
Cultures of Mexico
Latin American Literature
Brazilian Literature Translation
Latin American Cinema
Discovering Mesoamerica
Latin American Literature and Violence
Latin American Culture
Early Spanish American Literature
Modern Spanish American Literature
Spanish American Literature
Seminar in Spanish American Literature
Seminar in Spanish-American Culture
Electives6
Select two alternate courses from the Social Science and Literature and Culture groups. Please note that no language courses can be used. Electives may include credits from Study Abroad.
Capstone Experience3
Capstone Latin American Studies
General Electives41
Number of electies may vary depending on overlap
Total Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
WVUE 1911ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3
GEF 23GEF 23
FCLT 161 (ECAS Global Studies & Diversity Req. (GEF 7)3GEF 33
SPAN 1006SPAN 2006
General Elective2 
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3GEF 53
GEF 43ECAS Fine Arts Requirement (GEF 6)3
LAS Lang Course 13LAS Lang Course 23
LAS Social Science Course 13LAS Social Science Course 23
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
GEF 8*3GEF 8*3
LAS Social Science Course 33GEF 8*3
General Elective3LAS Lit & Culture Course 13
General Elective3LAS Studies Elective 13
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
LAS Lit & Culture Course 23FCLT 488 (Capstone)3
LAS Studies Elective 23General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120
*

 Students completing a minor, a second major or a dual degree already meet F 8.

Degree Program Learning Goals

Latin American Studies

Upon successful completion of the B.A. degree, Latin American Studies majors will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the political, historical, and cultural structures that define the region of Latin America through formal and informal writing assignments, oral presentations, and other assessment tools.
  2. Explain, in written and spoken form, the challenges that globalization presents to the region from economic, political, and cultural perspectives.
  3. Describe the historical and cultural contexts that led to the formation of contemporary Latin America as a region.
  4. Identify and differentiate the characteristics of the languages and cultures of the region.
  5. Analyze the similarities and differences between the cultures of the nations and sub-regions in Latin America and the historical origins that led to these similarities and differences. 

Latin American Studies

MINOR CODE - U110

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course applied to the minor. At least six hours must be taken in residence at WVU.

FOUNDATION COURSE:3
The Many Latin Americas
LANGUAGE COURSES: *6
Select 6 credits in the following sets:
SPAN 310, 311, 312, 313, 314
Intermediate Portuguese 1
and Intermediate Portuguese 2
LAS ELECTIVES:6
Social Sciences
Select one course from the following:
Latin America: Past and Present
Latin America: Culture, Conquest, Colonization
Latin America: Reform and Revolution
The Aztec, Maya, and Inca
Women in Colonial Latin America
Governments of Latin America
Latin American Culture
Mesoamerican Archaeology
Literature and Culture
Select one course from the following:
Cultures of Mexico
Latin American Literature
Brazilian Literature Translation
Discovering Mesoamerica
Latin American Literature and Violence
Latin American Culture
Early Spanish American Literature
Modern Spanish American Literature
Spanish American Literature
Seminar in Spanish American Literature
Seminar in Spanish-American Culture
Total Hours15
*

If two Intermediate (200-level) Portuguese courses are selected, students must select 9 credit hours of electives at the 300-level and above to satisfy the upper-division requirement..

Portugese Courses

PORT 101. Elementary Portuguese 1. 3 Hours.

PORT 102. Elementary Portuguese 2. 3 Hours.

PR: PORT 101 or equivalent.

PORT 203. Intermediate Portuguese 1. 3 Hours.

PR: PORT 102 or equivalent.

PORT 204. Intermediate Portuguese 2. 3 Hours.

PR: PORT 203 or equivalent.

PORT 293A-Z. Special Topics. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

PORT 490. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Teaching practice as a tutor or assistant.

PORT 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hours.

PR: Consent. (May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours). Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

PORT 493A-L. Special Topics. 1-3 Hours.

PORT 493L. Special Topics. 1-3Hr. PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

PORT 494A-Z. Seminar. 1-3 Hours.

PORT 494Z. Seminar. 1-3Hr. PR:Consent. Presentation and discussion of topics of mutual concern to students and faculty.

PORT 496. Senior Thesis. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent.

PORT 498. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study or research.

Spanish Courses

SPAN 100. Intensive Elementary Spanish. 6 Hours.

PR: Score of S1 on placement test or no prior study of the language or departmental consent. Equivalent of SPAN 101 and 102 combined into one course.

SPAN 101. Elementary Spanish 1. 3 Hours.

PR: Score of S1 on placement test or no prior study of the language or departmental consent. Introduction to the sound and writing systems of the language with emphasis on listening, speaking, reading and writing within an authentic cultural context. (Course presumes no prior knowledge of the language.).

SPAN 102. Elementary Spanish 2. 3 Hours.

PR: SPAN 101 or score of S2 on placement exam. Continuation of SPAN 101. Introduction to the sound and writing systems of the language with emphasis on listening, speaking, reading, and writing within an authentic cultural context.

SPAN 200. Intensive Intermediate Spanish. 6 Hours.

PR: SPAN 102 or SPAN 100 or consent. The equivalent of SPAN 203 and 204 combined into one course.

SPAN 203. Intermediate Spanish 1. 3 Hours.

PR: SPAN 102 or score of S3 on placement exam. Continuation of SPAN 102.

SPAN 204. Intermediate Spanish 2. 3 Hours.

PR: SPAN 203 or score of S4 on placement exam. Foundation for advanced study of Spanish. Emphasis on oral and written communication.

SPAN 293A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

SPAN 298A. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Student in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study, or research.

SPAN 310. Spanish for Heritage Speakers. 3 Hours.

Grammar, reading, writing, and culture for heritage speakers of Spanish with little or no formal education in Spanish language.

SPAN 311. Readings in Spanish. 3 Hours.

PR: SPAN 200 or SPAN 204 or a satisfactory score on the Spanish placement test. Major emphasis on improving reading skills in Spanish through comprehension exercises, discussion, and written analyses. Grammar review when appropriate.

SPAN 312. Writing in the Hispanic World. 3 Hours.

PR: SPAN 200 or SPAN 204 or a satisfactory score on the Spanish placement test. Major emphasis on improving writing skills in Spanish such as description, narration and argumentation through exposure to different types of cultural texts.

SPAN 313. Spanish Through Media. 3 Hours.

PR: SPAN 310 or SPAN 311 or SPAN 312. Explores Spanish language and Hispanic cultures through audio-visual materials.

SPAN 314. Spanish Conversation. 3 Hours.

PR: SPAN 311 or SPAN 312 or SPAN 313. Conversational skills are emphasized through class discussions and oral reports. Students cannot receive credit for both this course and SPAN 310.

SPAN 330. Latin American Culture. 3 Hours.

PR: Two courses from SPAN 310, SPAN 311, SPAN 312, SPAN 313, SPAN 314. Survey of Latin American Civilization and culture from Pre-Columbian period to the present.

SPAN 331. Early Spanish American Literature. 3 Hours.

PR: SPAN 304. Readings in Spanish American literature from the colonial period to Modernism.

SPAN 332. Modern Spanish American Literature. 3 Hours.

PR: SPAN 304. Readings in Spanish American literature from Modernism to the present.

SPAN 333. Spanish American Literature. 3 Hours.

PR: Two 300- level SPAN courses. Readings in Spanish American literature from the colonial period to the present.

SPAN 334. Seminar in Spanish American Literature. 3 Hours.

PR: Two courses from SPAN 310, SPAN 311, SPAN 312, SPAN 313, SPAN 314. In-depth study of key words of the Spanish American literary canon.

SPAN 335. Seminar in Spanish-American Culture. 3 Hours.

PR: 2 courses from SPAN 310, SPAN 311, SPAN 312, SPAN 313, SPAN 314. Examination of media, film, dance, music, visual arts, food, or other non-literary cultural production of Spanish America.

SPAN 340. Culture of Spain. 3 Hours.

PR: Two courses from SPAN 310, SPAN 311, SPAN 312, SPAN 313, SPAN 314. Survey of Spanish civilization and culture from its origins to the present day.

SPAN 341. Early Literature of Spain. 3 Hours.

PR: SPAN 304. Readings in Spanish literature from the medieval period to the eighteenth century.

SPAN 342. Modern Literature of Spain. 3 Hours.

PR: SPAN 304. Readings in Spanish literature from the eighteenth century to the present.

SPAN 343. Spanish Literature. 3 Hours.

PR: Two 300-level SPAN courses. Readings in Spanish literature from the medieval period to the present.

SPAN 350. Phonetics and Pronunciation. 3 Hours.

PR: Two of the following: SPAN 310, SPAN 311, SPAN 312, SPAN 313, SPAN 314, or consent. Introduces key concepts and terminology associated with the sound system of Spanish and prepares students to improve their pronunciation.

SPAN 361. Commercial Spanish 1. 3 Hours.

PR: SPAN 303 and SPAN 304. Development of advanced speaking, reading, and writing skills appropriate for business contexts within the Spanish-speaking world.

SPAN 363. The Avant-Garde. 3 Hours.

PR: Three SPAN courses 300 level or above. Examines the Avant-Garde in Spain and Latin America, providing in-depth study of literature, film, art, and other cultural products.

SPAN 370. Advanced Spanish Language in Spain. 3 Hours.

PR: SPAN 204 or SPAN 200 or score of 494 or higher on placement test. Overview of reading writing, listening and speaking skills taught on location, as part of a faculty-led summer program in Spain.

SPAN 371. Introduction to Spanish Culture in Spain. 3 Hours.

PR: SPAN 204 or SPAN 200 or a score of 494 or higher on placement test. Overview of Spanish culture taught on location as part of the faculty-led summer program in Spain.

SPAN 393A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

SPAN 401. Grammar Review. 3 Hours.

Intensive grammar review for graduate students. (Credit does not count toward 36 hours required for master's degree.).

SPAN 431. Caribbean Literature. 3 Hours.

PR: At least one literature course in Spanish. Readings of selected works by Hispanic writers from the Caribbean region.

SPAN 462. Commercial Spanish 2. 3 Hours.

PR: SPAN 461. Continuation of SPAN 461.

SPAN 480. Issues in the Hispanic World. 3 Hours.

PR: Completion of 21 upper division hours in Spanish. An examination of contemporary issues facing the Hispanic world, with particular attention given to cultural developments and influences.

SPAN 481. Hispanic Presence in the World. 3 Hours.

Completion of 21 upper-division hours in Spanish. This course is designed to provide Spanish majors with a capstone experience and offers them a more comprehensive view of the role of Spanish in the world.

SPAN 490. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Teaching practice as a tutor or assistant.

SPAN 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hours.

PR: Consent. (May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

SPAN 492. Directed Study. 1-3 Hours.

Directed study, reading, and/or research.

SPAN 493A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

SPAN 494A-Z. Seminar. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Presentation and discussion of topics of mutual concern to students and faculty.

SPAN 495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

SPAN 496. Senior Thesis. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent.

SPAN 498. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study, or research.