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Latin/o American Studies course catalog


Finalized 3-1-2020


CHRISTOPHER R. STRUNK, Associate Professor (Geography)
B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota

TONY POMALES, Visiting Assistant Professor (Anthropology)
B.A., University of Notre Dame; M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa

Advising Faculty

LAUREN HAMMOND, Assistant Professor (History)
B.A., The University of Virginia; M.A., Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin

MARIANO MAGALHÃES, Professor (Political Science)
B.A., The University of Iowa; Ph.D. The University of Iowa

Program Overview

Augustana's Latin/o American studies program allows students to expand their awareness and understanding of Latin America, the Caribbean and Latino/a United States through a transdisciplinary curriculum made up of a combination of in-class and experiential requirements. 

The program offers a minor in Latin/o American Studies, requiring 20 credits, an experiential component, and a capstone essay. Coursework in several disciplines, augmented by experiential learning opportunities, encourages analysis of how historical experiences, cultural expression, geopolitical processes, and the physical environment interact to influence the ways in which the region and Latin/o American societies at large respond to local, regional, national, and transnational dynamics.



Students must demonstrate proficiency in a second language by completing one of the following:
• pass a language proficiency exam at the second-year level
• successfully complete two years of course work in Spanish (through SPAN-202)
Note: In appropriate circumstances, an alternate language (e.g., Portuguese, Quechua, French, etc.) may be substituted with the approval of program coordinators.

(2) COURSE WORK - 20 credits (5 classes)

Students must complete 20 credits of course work, with at least four credits (1 course) in each of the following areas: (a) history & social sciences, and (b) arts & humanities. Courses under the LTAM designation (c) are transdisciplinary, and therefore can count as either one of the above mentioned categories. Students are encouraged, though not required, to explore the offerings from the list of complementary courses. Note: The following course lists are not exhaustive and changes may occur without notice. Please direct questions to the Latin American Studies coordinators.

(a) History & Social Sciences
ECON-406 (PH, G) - Development Economics
GEOG-331 (G) - Geography of Latin America
HIST-120 (PP,G) - Colonial Latin America
HIST-121 (PP,G) - Post Colonial Problems and Conditions in Latin America 1820-Present)
HIST-123 (PP)- Women and Gender in Latin America, 1492-Present
HIST-124 (PP)- Shades of Black and Brown: Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latin Experiences, 1492-Present)
HIST-323 - Dictators and Death in Latin America
HIST-324 - Borders and Crossings: Latin Americans and Latinos in the U.S., 1830-Present)
POLS-319 - International Relations of Latin America
POLS-346 - (PS,G) - Politics in Latin America
POLS-348 - (PS,G) - Politics in Brazil
SOAN-322 - (PS,G) -Anthropology of Latin America

(b) Arts & Humanities
ART-343 (PA, D) - Art of the Americas
ART-343A (PA) - Art of the Americas (taught in Ecuador)
SPAN-202 - (Intermediate Spanish II)
SPAN-343 (PP, G) - Latin/o Contemporary Culture I
SPAN-344 (PP, G) - Latin/o Contemporary Culture II
SPAN-353 (PL,G) - Latin/o-American Literature I
SPAN-354 (PL) - Latin/o American Literature II
WLIT-219 (PL) - Hispanic Literature in Translation
WLIT-317 (PL): Topics in French Literature (when literature selected is Caribbean)
WLIT-380 - Topics in World Literature (when literature selected is Latin American)

(c) Latin/o American Studies courses

LTAM-320 (PP)- Listening Brazil: Popular Music in Context
LTAM-322 (PP, G)- Citizens and Residents in the City: Exploring U.S.-Latin American Relations in the Quad Cities
LYAM-330 (PS, G)- Environment and Health in Central America

(d) Complementary courses
Note: It is expected that students who enroll in the following courses for credit toward a Latin/o American Studies minor will select a Latin/o American theme for any independent research projects in the course.

AFSP-201 (PP, G) - Introduction to Africana Studies
HIST-232 (PA, D) – Picturing the “Other”
SOAN-321 (PS, D) – Native North America
SOAN-325 (G) – Global Connections
PSYC-305 - Childhood in the Developing World (if tied to the Guatemala Study Abroad Program)

Please note that:
• at least 8 credits (2 classes) at the 300-level or above
• no more than 12 credits (3 classes) in one department will count toward LAS minor
• no more than 4 credits (1 class) from complementary courses may count toward LAS minor
• courses (level 250 and higher) from Augustana's summer language program in Ecuador may be applied toward requirements (a) and/or (b) above


Students must complete an experiential learning component for the Latin American Studies minor. These include, but are not limited to the successful completion of at least one of the following:

• A study abroad program in a Latin American or Caribbean context, and with a minimum extension of 5 weeks (in Augustana, this would include Ecuador and Brazil, in addition to programs approved by Augustana through other institutions following approval from the LTAM program coordinators).

• An experiential learning experience offered through Augustana College including, but not limited to independent field research, and internships in Latin America or in a U.S. Latino context.

Arrange for completion of this requirement via enrollment in LTAM FLDXP, a zero-credit course. (See advisor; advisor permission required)



After completing the above requirements and prior to graduation, students must submit (and the program advisors must approve) a brief essay (8-10 pages) in which they reflect on the importance and relevance of their study of Latin/o America while at Augustana College, drawing in their own ideas with examples from classroom and out of classroom experiences. Additional information on essay requirements and deadlines will be provided by the Latin/o American Studies coordinators. Arrange for completion of this requirement via enrollment in LTAM CAPSTN, a zero-credit course. (See advisor; advisor permission required)

Grade Point Average Notation: All courses listed in the catalog as required courses for any major and/or minor, including those courses outside of the department or with a different subject coding, are considered part of the major and will count in the grade point average. Some departments may have additional grade requirements for the courses offered within their department. Recommended supporting courses that are optional and not required may also count in the major depending on the program. For more information see your department chair or the degree requirements for Bachelor of Arts and information on Majors/Minors.

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