Latin American Studies
- Department Information
- Program Description
- Other Degree Requirements
- Minor Requirements
- Undergraduate Courses
Department of Ethnic Studies
College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
Office: Meiklejohn Hall 4006
Phone: (510) 885-3255, FAX: (510) 885-4786
George R. Miller (Anthropology), Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Richard A. García (History), Ph.D. University of California, Irvine
L. Iliana Holbrook (Modern Languages and Literatures), Ph.D. University of California, Davis
Michael Lee (Geography and Environmental Studies), Ph.D. London School of Economics (England)
Amy Oakland (Art), Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
Luz Calvo (Ethnic Studies), Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz
Jesús Díaz-Caballero (Modern Languages and Literatures), Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh
Marcelo Paz (Modern Languages and Literatures), Ph.D. University of Cincinnati
Carlos Salomon (Ethnic Studies), Ph.D. University of New Mexico
Director: Carlos Salomon
Latin America, with its rich Indigenous, African, and Iberian heritage, is a unique and extraordinarily varied region of the world about which North Americans are often very poorly informed. Yet the relationship between Latin America and the U.S. is necessarily a close one: we are bound together by history, by geography, by long-standing financial and commercial relationships, by the often-disappointed expectation on the part of the U.S. that Latin America is our natural political and military ally, and finally, by the growing number of men and women of Latin American origin and culture living in the U.S.
The Latin American Studies major draws on courses taught in the Departments of Anthropology, Art, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Geography and Environmental Studies, History, and Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy and Political Science; as well as courses taught from time to time in other departments. It provides the student with an opportunity to acquire a broad and deep understanding of the richness of Latin American and Iberian civilizations. The major in Latin American Studies is a liberal arts program which is of particular interest to students planning to enter careers related to the Latin American region (teaching, business, government, or other agency service, for example.)
A minor or Liberal Studies option in Latin American Studies is appropriate for students who wish to enrich their career prospects by establishing expertise not only in their major fields and in Spanish or Portuguese, but also in Latin American culture and history. It is also desirable for students with majors in the liberal arts disciplines represented in the Latin American Studies major for whom a regional specialization adds another dimension to the mastery of the themes and methodologies of their major fields.
A unique feature of the program is the possibility of concentrating on Spanish or Portuguese speaking areas of Latin American and the Iberian Peninsula.
Cal State East Bay has established study abroad and exchange programs with the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Queretaro Campus. Credit can be arranged for numerous other summer and academic-year programs. Majors are encouraged to spend at least one quarter studying in Latin America.
Majors may also do research on Latin America as an intern at one of the many agencies of the Bay Area which need volunteers and the occasional paid employee. Interns will help evaluate proposals for grants-in-aid submitted by Latin American communities to work with recent Latin American migrants. The Program Director maintains a file on study abroad and internship opportunities.
LAS students are expected to develop a close relationship with their advisor because of the importance placed on "extra-campus" activities and the special needs of coordination required in an interdisciplinary major. This relationship can be one of the strongest features recommending the program.
The minor consists of 24 units; at least 18 must be outside major department. Students must complete 8 units of college-level Spanish or pass a program-administered examination. (0-8 units)
- Required Courses (8 units)
- LAST 3000 The Latin American World (4)
- LAST 3370 Latin American Social Movements (4)
- Complete four additional courses (16 units) from the following lists. At least two disciplines must be represented.
- ANTH 3250 Pre-Columbian America: Aztec, Inca, Maya (4)
- ART 3010 Latin American Art (4)
- ES 3103 The African Diaspora (4)
- ES 3130 Slavery in the Americas (4)
- ES 3147 The Fictional Africa (4)
- ES 3210 Latinas in the United States (4)
- ES 3230 Oral Traditions (4)
- ES 3800 Peoples of Central America (4)
- ES 3805 Latin American Immigration (4)
- GEOG 3510 Geography of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean Islands (4)
- HIST 3138 Imperial Spain (4)
- HIST 3515 The Mexican American and the American Southwest (4)
- HIST 3600 Colonial Latin America (4)
- HIST 3605 Modern Latin America (4)
- HIST 3622 Mexico since 1810 (4)
- HIST 3632 Film and Society in Latin America (4)
- LAST 3260 Latin American Women and Globalization (4)
- MLL 3461 Introduction to Spanish-American Literature: 1492-1900 (4)
- MLL 3463 Introduction to Spanish-American Literature: 1900 to the Present (4)
- MLL 3495 Spanish-American Culture and Civilization (4)
- MLL 4495 A Single Movement, Country or Theme: Spanish American Literature (4)
- POSC 3280 Political Systems of Latin America (4)