Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program that focuses on the culture, history, politics, and society of Latin America, which includes Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.
Latin American Studies
Students can minor in Latin American Studies (LAS) at Centre College. As part of the LAS curriculum, students will gain an understanding of Latin American and Latinx perspectives and analyze Latin American issues from multiple points of view. LAS students will develop linguistic and cultural fluency, engage with Latin American and Latinx scholarship and communities, and draw connections among the methodologies and perspectives of multiple disciplines.
LAS covers three different periods: pre-conquest societies, colonial period through 1870, and modern Latin America. For each period, students will explore key themes including economic development; political and social organization; religion; migration and diaspora; art, music, and literature; local and global relationships; and identity formation.
What Courses Will I Take?
The Latin American studies minor requires seven courses including LAS 210 Introduction to Latin American Studies and SPA 220 Intermediate Spanish-II or equivalent. Five additional courses must be chosen from a list of Latin America-focused classes that includes the following disciplines: history, anthropology, environmental studies, politics, religion, and Spanish. Also required is a capstone experience (a project consisting of one of the following, subject to approval by the LAS committee: an internship, an independent study, or a Latin American focus in the junior or senior project of the major) with a product presented at the annual RICE symposium or other venue for student presentations, and at a yearly Latin American Studies Senior Workshop. This capstone need not be a separate course — but it should involve presentation of a product beyond any original course requirements.
In addition to the above requirements, study abroad in a Latin American or Caribbean country is strongly recommended. Recent minors have studied and conducted internships in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Peru, among others. Students interested in the minor are encouraged to consult with a program committee member early on to plan their preparation for the minor and to discuss course offering schedules.