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Latin American Studies Major, B.A.

Director: Maria Griselda Zuffi

The Latin American studies major is a multidisciplinary program that has a long tradition in universities throughout the U.S. Students who are interested in democracy and culture, human rights, international affairs, literature and languages, and wish to explore from different perspectives the diverse regions of Latin America and the Caribbean should consider this academic program. Students will be prepared to work at international, governmental and private organizations dealing with the region or to continue graduate studies in the field.

Given the proximity to the Washington, D.C., area, many students have internships at various associations, centers and organizations dedicated to the region. Students who are interested in issues involving the U.S. Latino communities may consider working in outreach programs in Maryland or Washington, D.C. The Latin American studies program sponsors many events and invites writers, activists, policy makers and film critics to enhance the knowledge and experience of the students in the program. A number of summer grants are available for students who intend to undertake research projects in a Latin American country.

The major consists of 33 credits, 15 credits of which must be at the 300 level or above. The required courses provide a strong background in literature and culture from the colonial era to the present. For these foundational courses, competency in Spanish is necessary. Students may consider taking courses in English while taking intermediate language courses if they do not meet the competency level required (at or above the 200 level). Students are required to study abroad at least one semester at a Latin American university. Through Hood’s educational exchange programs, students have the opportunity to study in Chile, the Dominican Republic and Peru. Students should plan their studies with the program director before going abroad.

Requirements for the Major

15 credits in Latin American literature and culture at or above the 200 level from the following:
  • LSSP 215 Hispanic and Latino Film
  • LSSP 220 Latin America Today
  • LSSP 240 Latin American Literature and Popular Culture
  • LSSP 333 Latin American Poetry
  • LSSP 336 Latin American Fiction
9 credits from the following courses in at least two disciplines. This may also be fulfilled in the semester or year of study abroad.
  • ECON 317 Economics of Development
  • ENGL 280 20th Century Ethnic Narratives: Writing Ourselves into America
  • FL 350 International Themes in Western Literature
  • GLBS 300 Global Studies
  • HSPS 345 Global Perspectives on Women, Power and Politics
  • INST 307 Hunger, Population and the Environment
  • LWPS 230 Introduction to Law
  • PSCI 200 Political Violence and Terrorism
  • PSCI 323 Politics of the Developing World
  • SOC 300 Social Inequality
  • SOC 311 Sociology of Gender
  • WMST 200 Method in Women’s Studies
9 credits taken from the following list of courses with 80 percent content on Latin America. This may also be fulfilled in the semester or year of study abroad.
  • FLLS 250 Bearing Witness: Testimonial Narratives in the Americas
  • HNLS 302 Third World Development: Latin America
  • HSLS 330 Cultural Encounters in Latin American History
  • LSSP 470 Seminar