Undergraduate

Program Advisor: Alessandra Santos alessandra.santos@ubc.ca

General Requirements for the Major and Minor

Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program administered by the French Hispanic & Italian Studies Department.

In consultation with the program advisor, students may complete a Major or a Minor in the program. Both the Major and the Minor allow students to construct truly interdisciplinary approaches to their programs incorporating a broad range of disciplines within Arts. Students who are considering pursuing graduate studies in another discipline after completion of the Bachelor of Arts are encouraged to complete at least a Minor in that discipline.

Interested students should consult the current course offerings available from the Departments of Anthropology, Art History, Visual Art, and Theory, French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies, Geography, History, School of EconomicsSchool of Social Work, Sociology, or Political Science.

Major in Latin American Studies

The Major program is designed to give students a general knowledge of and strong interdisciplinary approach to the language, culture, society, geography, political systems, and history of Latin America.

Language Requirements

No 100- or 200-level Spanish language courses count towards the minimum of 42 credits required for the Latin American Studies Major. However, SPAN 301 and SPAN 302, required for the Major, are counted toward the 42-credit minimum. Students with a previous knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese should consult a program advisor.

First and Second Years

Students take LAST 100 (3), LAST 201 (3), and six credits from the following courses (other courses with Latin American content not listed here are also eligible towards the requirement):

ANTH 232 (3) or ANTH 202 (3/6) (when the topic concerns Latin America)
ARTH 261 (3)
HIST 250 (3/6)
HIST 252 (3)
LAST 205 (3)
SPAN 221 (3) or SPAN 222 (3)

SPAN 280 (3)

Third and Fourth Years

SPAN 301 (3) and SPAN 302 (3) are required. Students with a previous knowledge of Spanish for whom this requirement may be waived are required to take six additional credits from the list below.

Students choose at least 24 credits from the list below or from other courses approved by the advisor in any given year. A minimum of three credits must be taken in at least five of the following areas: Anthropology, Art History, Economics, Geography, History, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology, and Spanish and Portuguese literature and culture courses with Latin American content. At least three of these 24 credits must involve a fourth-year seminar course. (other courses with Latin American content not listed here are also eligible towards the requirement)

ANTH 303 (3/6)* 323 (3) 332 (3)* 353 (3) 403 (3/6)* 411 (3)*
ARTH 342 (3) 370 (3) 371 (3) 372 (3) 373 (3) 440 (3)* 471 (3)
GEOG 395 (3) 495 (3)
HIST 357 (3), 358 (3), 444 (3), 450 (3/6), 451 (3), 453 (3), 455 (3), and 456 (3)
LAST 301 (3) 303 (3)
POLI 332 (3/6)
PORT 392 (3), 405 (3)

SOWK 440 (3)*
SPAN 312 (3) 322 (3) 364 (3) 365 (3) 404 (3)* 405 (3)* 406 (3)* 450 (3) 470 (3) 490 (3)

* These courses are variable in content and thus may be counted toward the major only when the topic concerns Latin America.


Minor in Latin American Studies

This is an interdisciplinary program intended to provide students with a broad exposure to the cultures, histories, and languages of Latin America. Ideally, the Minor complements a major in one of the participating disciplines that comprise Latin American Studies, but it can be combined with any major program in Arts.

First and Second Years

Students take LAST 100 and nine credits from the following courses (other courses with Latin American content not listed here are also eligible towards the requirement):

ANTH 202 (3/6) (when the topic concerns Latin America)
ARTH 261 (3)
HIST 250 (3/6)
HIST 252 (3)
LAST 201 (3)
LAST 205 (3)
SPAN 221 or 222 (3/6)

SPAN 280 (3)

Third and Fourth Years

Students take at least 18 credits of upper-level courses with Latin American content as listed for the Major (see above) in at least three of the following subjects (disciplines): Anthropology; Art History; Economics; Geography; History; Latin American Studies; Political Sciences; Social Work; Sociology; and Spanish and Portuguese literature and culture courses with Latin American content.

Up to six credits from these courses taken for a major may also be counted toward the Latin American Studies minor.

 

UBC 2021W Courses with Latin America Content

(this list is not exhaustive, other courses may be approved by program advisor)

ANTH 203: Anthropology of Drugs

ANTH 205: The Anthropology of Insurrections and Revolution

ANTH 332: Oral Tradition

ARTH 320: Entangled Worlds: Spain and Colonial Latin America (1500-1700)

ARTH 342: Latin American Art: Modern and Contemporary

ENGL 374: Decolonial Literature: Borders, Violence and Decoloniality

GEOG 352: Urbanization in the Global South

GRSJ 311: African/Black Women in the Americas

GRSJ 315: Critical Racial Theories

GRSJ 316: Queer and Trans of Colour Theorizing

HIST 250A: Latin American History

HIST 357: History of Mexico

HIST 358: State and Society in 20th century Cuba

LAST 100: Introduction to Latin American Studies

LAST 201: Popular Culture in Latin America

PORT 392: Introduction to Brazilian Literature (in English)

PORT 405: Amazonia (in English

RMST 202: Introduction to Literatures and Cultures of the Romance World II: Modern to Post-Modern (in English)

SPAN 222: Introduction to Hispanic Culture

SPAN 280: Revolution! (in English)

SPAN 312A: Hopscotch: Topics in Hispanic Literature (in English)

SPAN 364: Colonial Encounters in Spanish-American Literature and Culture

SPAN 365: Modern Magics: Spanish-American Literature and Culture since the 1820s

SPAN 404B: From World to Screen: Topics in Hispanic Cinema

SPAN 409: From Text to Stage: Topics in Hispanic Theatre

SPAN 470B: Imperial Eyes and Foundational Fictions: Topics in Spanish-American Colonial and Nineteenth-Century Culture

SPAN 495: Research Intensive Seminar in Hispanic Literature and Culture