Latin American Studies
Mariano J. Magalhães, Associate Professor (Political Science)
Charles G. Mahaffey, Professor (Geography)
Araceli Masterson, Assistant Professor (Spanish)
Molly Todd, Assistant Professor (History)
The Latin American studies program offers an opportunity for students to appreciate and understand the evolution of Latin America. Coursework in several disciplines encourages analysis of how historical experience, political institutions and physical environment interact to influence the ways Latin Americans have expressed themselves individually through language and literature and collectively in their social and political behaviors, cultural priorities, and responses to community and national problems.
The minor is appropriate for Spanish majors who wish to add a multidisciplinary perspective of Latin America to their language studies. It is also recommended to majors in other areas who desire an area studies component in their curricula.
Minor in Latin American Studies
21 credits, at least 6 at the 300 level or above, divided as follows:
Spanish Language and Literature: 9 credits selected from the following courses:
SPAN 201-202 (G)-203 (D) Intermediate Spanish
SPAN 326 (PP,G) Spanish-American Culture and Civilization I
SPAN 327 (PP,G) Spanish-American Culture and Civilization II
SPAN 332 (PL,G) Representative Spanish-American Literature I
SPAN 333 (PL) Representative Spanish-American Literature II
SPAN 344 (PL,G) Topics in Hispanic Literature (when Latin American)
Any course numbered 250 or above from the Augustana Summer Spanish Program in Ecuador.
Latin American courses in English: 12 credits selected from the following courses, with no more than 6 credits in the same course code to be counted toward the minor:
GEOG 331 (G) Latin America
HIST 120 (PP,G) Colonial Latin America
HIST 121 (PP,G) Modern Latin America
HIST 348 (PP,G) Colonialism and Imperialism (when topic is Latin American)
HIST 361 (PP,G)Modern Latin America
HIST 365 (PP,G) Political Violence in Latin America
HIST 369 (PP) Oral History and Testimony (when topic relates to Latin America)
POLS 346 (PS,G) Politics in Latin America
POLS 373 International Relations of Latin America
WLIT 219 or 310 Topics in Hispanic Literature (when literature selected is Latin American)
Courses other than the above may be counted with approval of the Latin American studies advisors.
Participation in the Augustana Summer Spanish Program in Ecuador and/or an Augustana program in Mexico, Central and South America is highly recommended but not required.