The goals of the Latin American Studies program are to strengthen knowledge of Spanish and Latin American/Latino culture, to prepare students wishing to major in Spanish, Latin American Studies, international studies, and other social science-related fields at a senior college.
The Liberal Arts: Latin American Studies option leads to an
Associate of Arts (AA) degree, and addresses the need for student preparation
in the areas of Latin American, bi-cultural studies with prospective
applications in the fields of education, diplomacy, business, cross-cultural
studies and health care. Therefore, the curriculum is conceived as a structure
for guiding Liberal Arts students toward career and professional goals early in
their academic experience.
LaGuardia has a tradition of opening the doors to higher
education and the professions for nontraditional and ethnic and language
minority students. This option follows in that tradition by creating a transfer
path to baccalaureate programs in Latin American Studies and related fields.
Nationally, the field of Latin American Studies has steadily expanded since its
creation in the early 1920's. There are now one hundred and fifty-six U.S.
colleges and universities that offer such programs. Among CUNY senior colleges,
Brooklyn, City, Hunter, Lehman, Queens, and York offer a major/minor in this
According to the 2000 U.S. Census, Latinos have become the
largest and fastest growing ethnic group in the United States. As American
society becomes increasingly pluralistic and multiethnic, there is a pressing
need to prepare teachers and other professionals who are fluent in languages
other than English and who demonstrate an understanding and familiarity with
cross-cultural issues. Hence, the Latin American Studies curriculum will begin
to develop proficiency in Spanish for non-native speakers and will enhance
linguistic sophistication for heritage students, while strengthening cultural
LaGuardia’s Liberal Arts: Latin American Studies option is
articulated with John Jay College for Criminal Justice, and many of students also
transfer to City College.
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In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation.
Your Advising team, made up of faculty and professional advisors, will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:
• Explore your major
• Select introductory and advanced courses
• Connect you with campus support services
• Prepare an educational and career plan
Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.
Please feel free to reach out to these advisors if you have any questions or need assistance, and visit laguardia.edu/visit for directions to campus.
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Review the Latin American Studies and the recommended course sequence below.
Recommended Course SequenceFirst Year, Fall I
First Year, Spring I
First Year, Spring II
Second Year, Fall I
Second Year, Fall II
Second Year, Spring I
Second Year, Spring II
For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.
Learning Communities are groupings of two or more courses, often surrounding a common theme. There are two types of Learning Communities, Clusters (consisting of three or more classes) and Pairs (consisting of two classes).
Learning Communities can help you:
Continuing students are encouraged to select a Cluster or Pair in their second semester.
Recent Learning Community Themes include:
Review Liberal Arts Learning Communities for the current semester.
LIB200: Science, Humanism and Technology is the capstone course for Liberal Arts majors. This course invites you to consider a topic in an interdisciplinary manner, drawing on the various courses you have taken as well as experiences outside of college; therefore, it is recommended that this capstone course be taken in your last semester. The themes available for this class the course varies from semester to semester—previous themes include "American Museum," "Epidemics," "Genocide," "Modern Medical Practice," and "Performance and Disability." Review LIB200 themes for the current semester.