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Latin American Studies

Finalized May 2017

ARACELI MASTERSON, Assistant Professor (World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)
B.A., Miami University (Ohio); M.A. in Latin American Studies, M.A., in Teaching and Teacher Education, Ph.D., University of Arizona

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

MARIANO MAGALHÃES, Professor (Political Science)

B.A., The University of Iowa; Ph.D. The University of Iowa 

MARCO A. CABRERA GESERICK, Visiting Assistant Professor 
Ph.D. Arizona State University  

Program Overview

Augustana's Latin American studies program offers an opportunity for students to expand awareness and understanding of Latin America, the Caribbean and the Latino/a United States. This, in turn, allows them to better engage with and act in an increasingly interconnected world.

The college offers a minor in Latin American Studies, requiring 18 credits and a capstone essay.

Coursework in several disciplines, augmented by experiential learning opportunities, encourages analysis of how such things as historical experience and physical environment interact to influence the ways Latin Americans have expressed themselves both individually and collectively through languages and arts, social and political behaviors, cultural priorities, and responses to community and national problems.

Program Requirements


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-203)
Note: In appropriate circumstances, an alternate language (e.g., Portuguese, Quechua, etc.) may be substituted with the consent of program coordinators.

(2) COURSE WORK - 18 credits (6 classes)

Students must complete 18 credits of course work, with at least six credits (2 courses) in each of the following areas: (a) history & social sciences, and (b) arts & humanities. 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) - The Geography of Latin America
HIST-120 (PP,G) - Colonial Latin America
HIST-121 (PP,G) - Modern Latin America
HIST-241 (PP) - Colonialism and Imperialism (when topic is Latin American)
HIST-361 - Modern Latin America
HIST-362 - Mexico and the Caribbean
HIST-369 (PP) Oral History and Testimony (when topic relates to Latin America)
POLS-346 (PS,G) - Politics in Latin America
POLS-373 - International Relations of Latin America

(b) Arts & Humanities
ART-343 (PA, D) - Art of the Americas
SPAN-326 (PP, G) - Spanish-American Culture & Civilization I
SPAN-327 (PP, G) - Spanish-American Culture & Civilization II
SPAN-332 (PL) - Representative Spanish-American Literature I
SPAN-333 (PL) - Survey of Spanish-American Literature II
SPAN-344 (PL) - Topics in Hispanic Literature
WGST-380 - Special Topics (when topic is "Women's Writing in Latin America")
WLIT-219 (PL) - Hispanic Literature in Translation
WLIT-310 - Topics in World Literature (when literature selected is Latin American)
WLIT-327 (PL, G): Francophone Literature (when literature selected is Caribbean)

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

AFSP-101 (PP, G) - Introduction to Africana Studies
HIST-177 (PP, G) - World History since 1500: The Age of Globalization
HIST-330 - Colonial Borderlands
POLS-340 (PS, G)- Politics in the Developing World (when primary theme is Latin America)
PSYC-305 - Childhood in the Developing World
COMM-330 (PH, G): Intercultural Communications (when not focused on specific Internship Learning Community)

Please note that:
• at least 9 credits (3 classes) at the 300-level or above
• no more than 6 credits (2 classes) in one department will count toward LAS minor
• no more than 3 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 (in Augustana, this would include, for example Ecuador, Brazil and Mexico).

• A field program 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)

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 (5-10 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 material learned in class. Additional information on essay requirements and deadlines will be provided by the Latin/o American Studies advisors.

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

Courses (LTAM)