Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies

Courses & Curriculum

General Requirements:

  • The LAS program must be combined with another major at Canisius. There are no limits on the number of courses that count for this major that also apply to another major.
  • Language Requirement: at least a C in Spanish 217 or its equivalent. The Program Director can decide to allow students to pursue French on an exceptional basis (to take into account the French-speaking parts of Latin America). The Program Director can also decide to allow a lower level of coursework in Portuguese to fulfill this requirement (e.g., if combined with study abroad in Brazil).
  • Study Abroad Requirement: an approved short term or semester-long program in a formal pre-approved program in the target language. The Program Director can decide to allow students to substitute for a major Service learning experience or trip, internship, or research project involving LA/Latin communities in the US or throughout LA.


Ten Courses Required for the Major:

  • Social Science and History – 3 courses
    • all three courses must be taken at Canisius (rather than abroad)
    • must be taken from at least two academic departments/disciplines (Business, Education, History, Political Science, and Honors courses in these disciplines)
  • Language, Literature, and Culture – 3 courses
    • Must be taken at Canisius, must be taken from at least two academic departments/disciplines (MLLC, RST, PHI, FAH, FAM, and Honors courses in these disciplines)
  • Major Electives – 3 courses
    • may be taken in any discipline and may be taken abroad
    • could include a course with an important service-learning component at Canisius involving the Latino community in Western New York.
  • Senior Capstone – 1 course (LAS-400). Available Spring 2013


    Six Courses Required for the Minor:

    • Social Science & History – 3 courses
      • Must be taken at Canisius from at least two academic departments/disciplines (Business, Education, History, Political Science, or Honors in these disciplines)
    • Language, Literature, and Culture – 3 courses
      • Must be taken at Canisius from at least two academic departments/disciplines (MLLC, RST, PHI, FAH, FAM, and Honors courses in these disciplines)


      Existing Course Offering:

      Most of the courses listed below have Latin America as their main focus. However, the program will also include courses with a substantial component on Latin American, and these courses are also listed below. As with existing programs at the College, such as European Studies, International Business and Women’s Studies, such courses will also be included in the major and minor provided that students produce a project or paper on Latin America as part of those courses.

      • FAH 103 Survey of Pre-Columbian and Native American Art
      • FAM 224 Afro-Centric Music
      • FAM 123 World Music

      • HIS 131 Latin American History to 1830    
      • HIS 132 Latin American History since 1830
      • HIS 263 Wars in Latin America
      • HIS 365 U.S. - Latin American Relations Since 1898
      • HIS 336 Modern Mexico 
      • HIS 352 The Cuban Revolution

      • HON 223 Revolutions in Latin America
      • HON 237 - Intro Latin@s in US Culture
      • HON 357 Global Pentecostalism 
      • HON 244 Issues in Comparative Education Policy  (When taught by a LAS faculty only)
      • HON 377: Plantation Psychosis
      • HON 378: Magic Realism
                                                                                             
      • MGT 475 Doing Business in Latin America
      • MGT 476 Doing Business in Mexico

      • PHI 286 - Latin American Philosophy

      • PSC 150L Comparative Government & Politics (When taught by a LAS faculty only)
      • PSC 241 Human Rights and Globalization (When taught by a LAS faculty only)
      • PSC 250 Politics in Latin America
      • PSC 343 Aid and Development
      • PSC 360 Political Economy of Developing World (When taught by a LAS faculty only)
      • PSC 370 Domestic Conflicts and Peace

      • RST 327-Modern Global Christianity
      • RST/IGSOR 302: The Jesuits in Latin America: Yesterday and Today                                                                              
      • SPA 433 La Telenovela: The Soap Opera in Latin America    
      • SPA 436: Detective Fiction
      • SPA 456: Cuban Cinema of the Revolution: The Films of Tomás Gutierrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío.
      • SPA 459 The Body Erotic/The Body Politic: Sexuality as Political Discourse in Latin America and Spain
      • SPA 463 Magic Realism: Latin America and the Boom
      • SPA 450 Mexican Crafts and Culture
      • SPA 455 Spanish Short Fiction