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Major in International Studies

Concentration in Latin American Studies

The Latin American Concentration emphasizes the interdisciplinary study of Latin American societies. Courses in this Concentration include history, economics, literature, sociology, political science, anthropology, art, and language skills; these disciplines in combination give students a powerful tool for understanding and interpreting Latin America's past and present. This Concentration within the International Studies major aims to trace the similarities and differences among the Latin American countries, recognizing the historical origins of current conditions.

Within this Concentration the student completes at least three years of a single Latin American language, one semester of geography, two designated courses in Latin American history, and eight courses from three "Tracks," (Track 1) or "Civilization, History, and Literature" (Track II), or "International Studies" (Track III). Presently, the Spanish language is offered at Colorado State University, but other languages could be studied in study abroad programs with approval of your advisor for this major.

Latin American Studies Concentration: 42–61 credits

A.  Complete through the third year of a Latin American language (3 –- 22 credits): Language: Spanish Choices: Spanish or another language approved by advisor. LSPA105; LSPA107; LSPA 200; LSPA 201; LSPA 300; and LSPA301.

B. Complete these classes:

Introduction to Geography: GR100 (3 credits)
Comparative Government and Politics: POLS241 (3 credits)
Microeconomics: ECON202 (3 credits) – has a pre-req of MATH117

C.  Complete two courses in Latin American history *** (6 credits):
Choose two of the following:
HIST 410 Colonial Latin America
HIST 411 Latin America since Independence
HIST 412 Mexico
HIST 413 Caribbean Civilization
HIST 414 Revolutions in Latin America

Classes may not be used both here and in Track 2

D.  Complete classes from three Tracks (24 credits):
Include *6 credits minimum from track 1 & 2 AND *3 credits minimum from track 3.
Minimum of 3 different prefix’s.
18 credits must be upper division.
Many of these classes have prerequisites that can be found in the course catalog.

    Track I: History and Politics (see course catalog for prerequisites)

  • HIST 410 Colonial Latin America
  • HIST 411 Latin America Since Independence
  • HIST 412 Mexico
  • HIST 413 Caribbean Civilization
  • HIST 414 Revolutions in Latin America
  • POLS 331 Politics and Society Along Mexican Border
  • POLS 446 Politics of South America
  • POLS 447 Politics in Mexico, Central America, Caribbean
  • Or substitution with advisor approval

    Track II: Thought and Cultures (see course catalog for prerequisites)

  • ANTH 319 Latin American Peasantries
  • ANTH 332 Peoples of the Caribbean
  • ANTH 451 Andean Archaeology and Ethnohistory
  • ANTH 452 Archaeology of Mesoamerica
  • ART 312 History of Pre-Columbian Art
  • DM 470 Latin American Design and Markets
  • LSPA 310 Introduction to Literary Study
  • LSPA 313 Introduction to Spanish Translation and Interpreting
  • LSPA 335 Issues in Culture
  • LSPA 336 Introduction to Spanish-American Civilization
  • LSPA 345 Business Language
  • LSPA 435 Caribbean Culture in Hispanic Literature
  • LSPA 436 Advanced Latin American Culture
  • LSPA 437 Advanced Spanish Culture
  • LSPA 441 Advanced Business Spanish
  • LSPA 445 Women Writers in the Hispanic Worlds
  • LSPA 449 Spanish-American Literary Movements and Periods
  • LSPA 452 Genre Studies
  • LSPA 453 Author Studies in Spanish
  • LSPA 454 Topic Studies in Spanish
  • LSPA 365 Studies in Foreign Film: Spanish (Cannot get credit for both LSPA365 and LGEN465A)
  • LGEN 465A Studies in Foreign Film: Americas (Taught in English) (Cannot get credit for both LSPA365 and LGEN465A)
  • SOC 366 Peoples and Institutions of Latin America
  • Or substitution with advisor approval

    Track III: International Studies: (see course catalog for prerequisites)

  • AM 430 International Retailing
  • AM 460 Historic Textiles
  • ANTH 200 Cultures and the Global System
  • ANTH 320 Cultural Geography
  • ANTH 352 Geoarchaeology
  • ANTH 415 Indigenous Ecologies and the Modern World
  • ANTH 422 Comparative Legal Systems
  • ANTH 441 Method in Cultural Anthropology
  • AREC 240 Issues in Environmental Economics
  • AREC 415 International Agricultural Trade
  • AREC 460 Economics of World Agriculture
  • BUS 350 Travel Abroad-International Comparative Management
  • CON 450 Travel Abroad-Sustainable Building
  • ECON 204 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 240 Issues in Environmental Economics
  • ECON 332 International Political Economy
  • ECON 370 Comparative Economic Systems
  • ECON 440 International Economics I
  • ECON 442 International Economics II
  • ECON 460 Economic Development
  • FIN 475 International Business Finance
  • GR 320 Cultural Geography
  • HIST 462 Themes in World History
  • HIST 463 Science and Technology in Modern History
  • HIST 470 World Environmental History, 1500-Present
  • HIST 471 History of Antarctica, 1800-Present
  • IE 270 World Interdependence--Population and Food
  • IE 370 Model United Nations
  • IE 450 International Social Welfare
  • IE 470 Women and Development
  • IE 471 Children and Youth in Global Context
  • INTD 357 History of International Interiors
  • INTD 450 Travel Abroad-Sustainable Building
  • JTC 412 International Mass Communication
  • MGT 475 International Business Management
  • MKT 365 International Marketing
  • NRRT 320 International Issues-Recreation and Tourism
  • POLS 332 International Political Economy
  • POLS 362 Global Environmental Politics
  • POLS 431 International Law
  • POLS 433 International Organization
  • POLS 435 United State Foreign Policy
  • POLS 436 Comparative Foreign Policy
  • SOC 364 Agriculture and Global Society
  • SOC 422 Comparative Legal Systems
  • SOC 429 Comparative Urban Studies
  • SOC 482A Travel Abraod in Sociology--Criminal Justic System
  • SOWK 450 International Social Welfare and Development
  • SPCM 434 Intercultural Communication
  • Or substitution with advisor approval

INST 300: Approaches to International Studies and INST 492: Capstone Seminar

F.  Prerequisites & Electives (25-44 credits): 120 total credits are required for graduation. The number of electives you need varies according to your program of study.

Be Aware of this! ---> 42 upper division credits required for graduation, 30 of which must be in residence at CSU or (with prior approval) in a program under CSU jurisdiction. Upper division credits within the Options vary widely depending on choices of Track courses.

Upper Division = (300 & 400 level courses)







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