Program Director: Peter Wilshusen

Coordinating Committee: Elizabeth Durden (Sociology), R. Douglas Hecock (Political Science), Alice J. Poust (Spanish), Alejandra Roncallo (International Relations), Clare Sammells (Anthropology), William M. Schmidli (History), Paul H. Susman (Geography), Peter Wilshusen (Environmental Studies)

Affiliated Faculty:

Professors: Linden Lewis (Sociology), Paul Susman (Geography),

Associate Professors: Elisabeth Guerrero (Spanish), Ana Mercedes Patiño (Spanish), Alice Poust (Spanish), Peter Wilshusen (Environmental Studies)

Assistant Professors: Leandro D. Benmergui (Latin American Studies), Elizabeth Durden (Sociology), Douglas Hecock (Political Science), Jason McCloskey (Spanish), Alejandra Roncallo (International Relations), Clare Sammells (Anthropology), William M. Schmidli (History)

Latin American Studies was established at Bucknell University in 1975, as an interdisciplinary program of area studies in the humanities and social sciences. The program brings together faculty from a wide range of departments and programs, whose research and teaching focuses on the 43 nations and territories in the Western hemisphere south of the continental United States, as well as Latin Americans within the United States, our nation's largest minority.

Latin American Studies provides a framework of study in the humanities and social sciences that fosters an integrated approach to understanding Latin American cultures and peoples as well as the important role of Latin America in our 21st-century global system.

Within this framework, students examine the rich chronicle of traditions and historical experience and are encouraged to pose questions on a wide range of essential issues from topics related to race, ethnicity, class, culture, religion, and gender to economic and social struggles, human rights, literature and art, environment, resource management, globalization, regional integration, militarization, democracy, social movements, and theories and approaches to development and sustainability. Courses in Latin American Studies challenge students to formulate international and cross-cultural ethical and moral standards and to structure comparative and alternative perspectives to the study of Latin American nations and societies as well as to their own cultures and countries.

These various topics and objectives, combined with expanded understanding of international issues, increased appreciation for inter-American and global relations, and extensive study of the Spanish language, bring depth and sophistication to the Latin American Studies major and minor.

  • Both a major and a minor are offered in Latin American Studies.
  • Majors and minors are expected to become proficient in the Spanish language.
  • Majors in Latin American Studies are strongly encouraged to plan a semester, a year, or a summer of study in Latin America. Minors in Latin American Sudies are encouraged to spend a semester or a summer of study in Latin America.
  • Students in the Latin American Studies program are encouraged to participate in one or more service learning experiences in Latin America or involving Latin Americans in the United States.

Requirements for the interdisciplinary major in Latin American Studies: A minimum of eight courses selected according to the core requirements listed below, including a Latin American Studies Culminating Experience and exhibited proficiency in the Spanish language, as described below.

List A: Two Latin American Studies courses selected from the following list:

LAMS 150: Latin America: An Introduction
LAMS 250: Latin America: Challenges for the 21st Century
LAMS 252: Peoples and Cultures of the Andean World
LAMS 254: Topics on Indigenous Latin America
LAMS 285: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Latin America
LAMS 295: Topics in Latin American Studies
LAMS 297: Topics in Latin American History
LAMS 319: Interdisciplinary Independent Study on Latin America
LAMS 320: Interdisciplinary Non-Traditional Study on Latin America
LAMS 365: Seminar in Latin American Studies
LAMS 370: Seminar on Latin America in the Global System
LAMS 450: Integrative Seminar in Latin American Studies
LAMS 499: Interdisciplinary Honors in Latin American Studies

List B: Two Social Science courses on Latin American topics from different departments or programs selected from the following list:

ANTH 252: Ritual and Rebellion in South America

ECON 253: Gender and Migration
ECON 276: Latin American Economic Development
ECON 319*: Economic History of Women in the United States

ENST 325: Nature, Wealth, and Power

GEOG 236: Third World Development
GEOG 237: Grass Roots Development: Nicaragua

IREL 200*: Topics/Issues: 21st-century Globalization
IREL 245: Race, Nation-state and International Relations
IREL 250: Theories of International Relations
IREL 252: Political Economy of Global Resources
IREL 270: Global Governance of Climate Change
IREL 275: Global Governance
IREL 285: The International Relations of Latin America in the 21st Century
IREL 350: Globalization
IREL 400: Seminar: Topics in Global Restructuring
IREL 400: Seminar: Topics in International Relations-Making Globalization Work
IREL 400: Seminar: Topics in Latin American Economic Transition
IREL 410: BRICS on the Global Stage

POLS 211: Third World Politics
POLS 219: Latin American Politics
POLS 352: Politics of Economic Development

SOCI 213*: Race in Historical and Comparative Perspectives
SOCI 245: Remaking America: Latin American Immigration
SOCI 280: Twentieth-century Afro-Caribbean and African-American Thought
SOCI 290: The Sociology of Caribbean Society
SOCI 310: The Sociology of Developing Societies
SOCI 312: Globalization and Conflict
SOCI 354: Sociology of Latin America

List C: Two Humanities courses on Latin American topics from different departments or programs selected from the following list. One course will be a course on Latin American history from the history department, and the other will be a course from the Spanish department, taught in the Spanish language, at the SPAN 222 level or above.

HIST 311*: U.S. History Since 1865: U.S.-Latin America: 1945-1989
HIST 311*: U.S. History Since 1865: Human Rights in U.S. Foreign Policy: 1940s to Present

SPAN 222: Introduction to Latin American Literature
SPAN 264*: Hispanic Topics
SPAN 280: Latin American Cultural Traditions
SPAN 285: Latino Literature in the U.S.
SPAN 295*: Topics in Spanish
SPAN 323: Topics in Latin American Short Story
SPAN 346: Utopia/Dystopia in Urban Latin America
SPAN 348: Gender in 20th-century Latin American Literature
SPAN 360*: Literature and Film of the Hispanic World
SPAN 361*: Topics in Hispanic Literature: Fiction: Colonial Origins
SPAN 362*: Topics in Hispanic Literature: Pirates, Conquistadores, and Explorers
SPAN 365: Topics in Spanish American Civilization
SPAN 366: Mexican Revolution: Literature and Art
SPAN 367: Latin American Fiestas and Identity
SPAN 446: Utopia/Dystopia in Urban Latin America
SPAN 461*: Topics in Hispanic Literature
SPAN 462*: Topics in Hispanic Literature: Children's Literature-Migration and Exile
SPAN 462*: Topics in Hispanic Literature: Gender in Latin American Literature
SPAN 465: Topics in Latin American Civilization

List D: Two electives selected from the following list of courses on Latin American topics, chosen with approval of the student's adviser in Latin American Studies:

ANTH 252: Peoples and Cultures of the Andean World

ECON 253: Gender and Migration
ECON 276: Latin American Economic Development
ECON 319*: Economic History of Women in the United States

ENST 325: Nature, Wealth, and Power

GEOG 236: Third World Development
GEOG 237: Grass Roots Development: Nicaragua

HIST 282: Modern Latin America
HIST 311*: U.S. History Since 1865: U.S.-Latin America: 1945-1989
HIST 311*: U.S. History Since 1865: Human Rights in U.S. Foreign Policy: 1940s to Present

IREL 200*: Topics/Issues: 21st-century Globalization
IREL 245: Race, Nation-state and International Relations
IREL 250: Theories of International Relations
IREL 252: Political Economy of Global Resources
IREL 270: Global Governance of Climate Change
IREL 275: Global Governance
IREL 285: The International Relations of Latin America in the 21st Century
IREL 350: Globalization
IREL 400: Seminar: Topics in Global Restructuring
IREL 400: Seminar: Topics in International Relations-Making Globalization Work
IREL 400: Seminar: Latin American Economic Transition
IREL 410: BRICS on the Global Stage

LAMS 150: Latin America: An Introduction
LAMS 250: Latin America: Challenges for the 21st Century
LAMS 252: Peoples and Cultures of the Andean World
LAMS 254: Topics on Indigenous Latin America
LAMS 285: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Latin America
LAMS 295: Topics in Latin American Studies
LAMS 297: Topics in Latin American History
LAMS 319: Interdisciplinary Independent Study on Latin America
LAMS 320: Interdisciplinary Non-Traditional Study on Latin America
LAMS 365: Seminar in Latin American Studies
LAMS 370: Seminar on Latin America in the Global System
LAMS 450: Integrative Seminar in Latin American Studies
LAMS 499: Interdisciplinary Honors in Latin American Studies

POLS 211: Third World Politics
POLS 219: Latin American Politics
POLS 352: Politics of Economic Development

SOCI 213*: Race in Historical and Comparative Perspectives
SOCI 245: Remaking America: Latin American Immigration
SOCI 280: Twentieth-century Afro-Caribbean and African-American Thought
SOCI 290: The Sociology of Caribbean Societies
SOCI 310: The Sociology of Developing Societies
SOCI 312: Globalization and Conflict
SOCI 354: Sociology of Latin America

SPAN 222: Introduction to Latin American Literature
SPAN 264*: Hispanic Topics
SPAN 280: Latin American Cultural Traditions
SPAN 285: Latino Literature in the U.S.
SPAN 295*: Topics in Spanish
SPAN 323: Topics in Latin American Short Story
SPAN 346: Utopia/Dystopia in Urban Latin America
SPAN 348: Gender in 20th-century Latin American Literature
SPAN 360*: Literature and Film of the Hispanic World
SPAN 361*: Topics in Hispanic Literature: Fiction-Colonial Origins
SPAN 362*: Topics in Hispanic Literature: Pirates, Conquistadores, and Explorers
SPAN 365: Topics in Spanish American Civilization
SPAN 366: Mexican Revolution: Literature and Art
SPAN 367: Latin American Fiestas and Identity
SPAN 446: Utopia/Dystopia in Urban Latin America
SPAN 461*: Topics in Hispanic Literature
SPAN 462*: Topics in Hispanic Literature: Children's Literature-Migration and Exile
SPAN 462*: Topics in Hispanic Literature: Gender in Latin American Literature
SPAN 465: Topics in Latin American Civilization

Core requirements for the interdisciplinary minor in Latin American Studies: Students complete the interdisciplinary minor in Latin American Studies when they successfully complete a minimum of five courses selected according to the following criteria and have demonstrated competency in the Spanish language at the SPAN 207 level or above:

  • One course from the Latin American Studies program from the above List A
  • One course in the social sciences from the above List B
  • One course in the humanities from the above List C, and
  • Two electives from the above List D.

Additional courses on Latin American topics not listed above: Additional courses with substantial Latin American content that do not appear in one of the lists above may be elected from the approved courses offered each semester under Latin American Studies (LAMS) in the current Class Schedule.

Courses on Lists A, B, C, and D designated with an asterisk (*): These courses will count toward a Latin American Studies major or minor when the content places significant emphasis on a Latin American topic.

Proficiency and competency in the Spanish language: Latin American Studies majors are required to demonstrate proficiency in the Spanish language by successfully completing, at least, one course taught in the Spanish language at the SPAN 222 level or above. Competency in the fundamental skills of the Spanish language equivalent to the completion of SPAN 207 is expected of Latin American Studies minors.

Intellectual competencies of Writing, Formal Speaking and Presentation, and Information Literacy: All students enrolled in courses with the LAMS prefix are required to complete various instructor-directed individual and collaborative formal speaking, presentation, and writing projects that will be evaluated as part of the final course grade. Additionally, as part of the course grade, students enrolled in courses with the LAMS prefix are required to develop skills in information literacy relative to the field of Latin American Studies, including varied approaches to critical reading, analysis, and evaluation of information sources as well as competency in the application of comparative methodologies. Latin American Studies majors are required to take two courses with the LAMS prefix.

Courses with prerequisites and courses that require permission of the instructor: Of the courses in Lists A, B, C, and D, the following courses have prerequisites: ANTH 252 and LAMS 252 (prerequisite: ANTH 109), ECON 253 and ECON 276 (prerequisite: ECON 103), ECON 319 (prerequisites: ECON 256 or ECON 257 or ECON 258, and permission of the instructor), IREL 250 (prerequisites: POLS 170 and second-semester sophomore status), IREL 252 (prerequisite: ECON 103), IREL 275 (not open to first-year students), IREL 350 (prerequisites: IREL majors; students should preferably have both ECON 227 and IREL 250), IREL 400 (prerequisites: second semester junior or senior status), SOCI 310 (prerequisite: any sociology or anthropology course, or permission of the instructor). SPAN 222 through SPAN 465 require Spanish language proficiency equivalent to SPAN 208. Courses requiring permission of the instructor are: LAMS 319 through LAMS 499, IREL 400, SOCI 213, SOCI 310, and HIST 311.

Study abroad in Latin America: Students majoring in Latin American Studies are strongly encouraged to plan a semester, a year, or a summer of study in Latin America. Latin American Studies minors are encouraged to spend a semester or a summer of study in Latin America. When students elect the Latin American Studies major, they should consult with their adviser, with the director of Latin American Studies, and with the Office of International Education, regarding suitable foreign study opportunities. Exceptions to the Bucknell-approved study abroad programs must be approved by the director of Latin American Studies and the Office of International Education.

Substitution of courses taken during study in Latin America: Students who major in Latin American Studies may substitute certain courses taken during study abroad in Latin America for up to four of the course requirements listed above in Lists A, B, C, and D, pending approval of their Latin American Studies adviser and the director of Latin American Studies. Minors in Latin American Studies may substitute certain courses taken during study abroad in Latin America for up to three of the course requirements listed for the LAMS minor, pending approval of their Latin American Studies adviser and the director of Latin American Studies.

Service-learning experience: Majors and minors are encouraged to participate in one or more service-learning experiences in Latin America or involving Latin Americans in the United States.

Student-faculty research: Majors and minors are encouraged to approach individual members of the LAMS faculty to seek opportunities to participate in faculty-initiated research in Latin America or involving Latin Americans in the United States.

Interdisciplinary independent study on Latin America: Interdisciplinary independent study for the major or for the minor may be taken by enrolling in LAMS 319, with permission of any faculty member in Latin American Studies. No more than one interdisciplinary independent study course shall be included in the minor.

Interdisciplinary non-traditional study on Latin America: Interdisciplinary non-traditional study for the major or for the minor may be taken by enrolling in LAMS 320, with permission of the faculty member in Latin American Studies who will direct the non-traditional study. Non-traditional study refers to meaningful educational endeavors outside of a scheduled course or a conventional independent study. Such study may be related to work experiences, internships, special projects, and service learning, whether on or off campus. No more than one interdisciplinary non-traditional study course shall be included in the minor.

Interdisciplinary honors in Latin American Studies: The Latin American Studies program strongly encourages qualified majors to consider working for interdisciplinary honors in Latin American Studies. During their junior year, such students should consult with one or more members of the Latin American Studies faculty to begin defining a research topic and writing a proposal to be submitted to the Honors Council by mid-October of the senior year. Normally, a student for honors in Latin American Studies will enroll for one interdisciplinary independent study credit (LAMS 319) first semester and in interdisciplinary honors (LAMS 499) second semester or LAMS 499 for both semesters. Further information about the honors program may be obtained from the academic adviser, from the director of Latin American Studies, or from the Honors Council.

Culminating Experience: During the senior year (or second semester of the junior year with the approval of the student’s Latin American Studies adviser), majors in Latin American Studies are required to complete one Culminating Experience course. Courses fulfilling this requirement include 300-level or higher courses with a LAMS designation or 300-level or higher courses on a Latin American topic taught by any faculty member affiliated with Latin American Studies. Within the Culminating Experience course, Latin American Studies majors will undertake a paper or a project that focuses on a Latin American topic and provides evidence of: 1) application of interdisciplinary perspectives from the social sciences and humanities, 2) grounding in specific theories and approaches in the field of Latin American Studies, and 3) knowledge of primary informational and data base resources in the study of Latin America, thereby ensuring that majors complete coherent integrative work in the discipline of Latin American Studies. With the permission of the Latin American Studies adviser, a student who is taking an independent study or pursuing honors in Latin American Studies and who is enrolled in LAMS 319 Interdisciplinary Independent Study or LAMS 499 Interdisciplinary Honors in Latin American Studies may satisfy the Culminating Experience requirement through the successful completion of an Independent Study project or an Honors Thesis.

 

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