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The Faculty

Program Coordinator: Elena M.Martnez

Committee Members:

  • Esther Allen (Modern Languages and Comparative Literature)
  • Carolle Charles (Sociology and Anthropology)
  • Hector Cordero-Guzman (School of Public Affairs)
  • David Cruz de Jesus (Modern Languages and Comparative Literature)
  • Thomas J. Desch-Obi (History)
  • Lourdes Gil (joint appointment Black and Latino Studies and Modern Languages and Comparative Literature)
  • Stephanie Golob (Political Science)
  • Ted Henken (joint appointment Sociology and Anthropology and Black and Latino Studies)
  • Elena M. Martnez (Modern Languages and Comparative Literature)
  • Mary McGlynn (English)
  • Eloise Quiones-Keber (Fine and Performing Arts)

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Field Description

More and more, every day, the world becomes a smaller place and the global economy becomes more of a reality. The Latin American and Caribbean studies minor prepares students for this reality and exposes them to cross-cultural and professional opportunities with courses that explore the historical, political, cultural, and socioeconomic conditions in this region. This minor is a perfect complement to majors in marketing management, economics, finance and investments, public affairs, Spanish, English, sociology, and political science.

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The Minor

Latin American and Caribbean studies students must take one required course, Latin America and the Caribbean I or II ( LACS 4900 or LACS 4901), with the 6 remaining credits selected from the Departments of Black and Latino Studies, Communication Studies, English, Fine and Performing Arts, History, Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, Political Science, and Sociology and Anthropology.

Required Course

Latin America and the Caribbean I: Cultures and Societies from Pre-Hispanic Times to the 19th Century

3 credits

or  
LACS 4901Latin America and the Caribbean II: Cultures and Societies from the 19th Century to the Present ( BLS 4901), ( LTS 4901)3 credits

Electives
Choose two of the following courses:

People and Culture of Haiti ( BLS 3115), ( SOC 3115)

3 credits

Special Topics in Art* (History)

3 credits

Native Art of the Americas

3 credits

CMP 3051 Latin American Jewish Women Writers ( JWS 3051), ( LACS 3051), ( LTS 3051)3 credits 

Ethnic Literature*

3 credits

Topics in Literature*

3 credits

Central America: A Regional Study

3 credits

Afro-Brazilian History (

)

3 credits

History of the African Diaspora

3 credits

History of Civilizations in Latin America

3 credits

History of Carribbean Civilizations

3 credits

Topics in History*

3 credits

LTS 3000 

The Puerto Rican Child in His Urban Setting

3 credits

LTS 3003 

Major Selected Problems of the Puerto Rican Community

3 credits

LTS 3004 

Politics and Power in Puerto Rico

3 credits

LTS 3005 

Economic History of Puerto Rico

3 credits

LTS 3006 

Religions of the Caribbean

3 credits

LTS 3007 

Puerto Rican Culture

3 credits

LTS 3008 

Puerto Rican Heritage: 1898 to the Present

3 credits

LTS 3009 

Dominican Heritage: From Pre-Columbian Times to Present

3 credits

LTS 3010 

Central America: A Regional Study

3 credits

LTS 3011 

The Contemporary Puerto Rican Family

3 credits

LTS 3012 

Latinas: A Social and Cultural Survey

3 credits

LTS 3015 

Cuban Culture and Society

3 credits

LTS 3044 

Migration in the Americas

3 credits

LTS 3045 

Changing Demographics of the City

3 credits

LTS 3125 

Race and Ethnic Relations ( ANT 3125), ( BLS 3125), ( SOC 3125)

3 credits

LTS 3058 

Contemporary Latin American Fiction ( CMP 3058

3 credits

LTS 4900 

Seminar in Black & Latino Studies

3 credits

MSC 3031

Music of Latin America and the Caribbean

3 credits

The Politics of the Third World

3 credits

Latin American and Caribbean Political Systems

3 credits

Nineteenth-Century Latin-American Literature Prior to Modernismo**

3 credits

Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Latin-American Poetry**

3 credits

Contemporary Latin-American Theatre**

3 credits

Contemporary Latin-American Novel**

3 credits

Modernismo in Latin America**

3 credits

Contemporary Latin-American Short Story**

3 credits

Afro-Caribbean Literature**

3 credits

Twentieth-Century Womens Writing in Latin America**

3 credits

Civilizations and Cultures of Latin America**

3 credits

The Literature of Latin America I**

3 credits

The Literature of Latin America II**

3 credits

The City in Latin American Literature**

3 credits

Contemporary Cuban Literature**

3 credits

Literature of the Hispanic Caribbean I

3 credits

Literature of the Hispanic Caribbean II

3 credits

Special Studies in Spanish**

3 credits

Theatre of Color in the United States ( BLS 3043)

3 credits

Selected Topics (Theatre)*

3 credits

*Topics as relevant to the minor.

**Courses in Spanish at the 4000-level are taught in Spanish.

Feit Seminar: One Feit Seminar on Latin American and Caribbean cultures and societies may replace one of the courses toward the minor.

Note: Language courses taken to fulfill the Baruch language requirement may not be used toward the minor. However, students are strongly advised to take courses in a relevant foreign language in addition to the minors required 9 credit hours.

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Courses

Courses in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS)
LACS 3051Latin American Jewish Women Writers ( CMP 3051), ( JWS 3051), ( LTS 3051) 

Immigration Cinema: Migrations and Border Crossings to the U.S. and Europe

3 hours; 3 credits

Latin America and the Caribbean Cultures and Societies from Pre-Hispanic times to the 19th-Century

3 hours; 3 credits

Latin America and the Caribbean II: Cultures and Societies from the 19th Century to the Present ( BLS 4901), ( LTS 4901)

3 hours; 3 credits

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