• Latin American Studies

    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 field.

    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 literacy.

    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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    • Explore your major
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    • Prepare an educational and career plan

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    Review the Latin American Studies and the recommended course sequence below.

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    Recommended Course Sequence

    First Year, Fall I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    LIF101 First Year Seminar for Liberal Arts Program Core
    ELS204 Latin American Civilizations Program Core 3
    ENG101 English Composition Required Core 3
    ELL101 Introduction to Language Program Core 3
    ELN194* Puerto Rican Community Flexible Core (US Diversity) 3
    Session Credits 15
    Total Credits 15

    First Year, Spring I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ENG102 Writing though Literature Required Core 3
    ELS200 Latin American Literature I  Program Core 
    SSP250*  Political Ideas & Ideologies  Flexible Core (Individual & Society)
    HUA101*  Introductory to Art  Flexible Core (Creative Expressions) 
    Session Credits 12 
    Total Credits 27 

    First Year, Spring II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
      Mathematical and Quantitive Reasoning course Required Core 3

    Session Credits 3
    Total Credits 30 

    Second Year, Fall I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ELS201 Latin American Literature II Program Core 3
    ELF/Z101* French or Portuguese I Flexible Core (World Cultures and Global Issues) 3
    Life and Physical Sciences course Required Core 3
    SSH232* Survey of Latin American and Caribbean HIstory Program Core 3
    Session Credits 12
    Total Credits 42 

    Second Year, Fall II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ENG103 Preparing and Writing the Research Paper Program Core 3
    Session Credits 3
    Total Credits 45 

    Second Year, Spring I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    LIB200 Humanism, Science and Technology Program Core 3
    ELS210 Advanced Spanish Composition Program Core 3
    ELN101 Introduction to Bilingualism Program Core 3
    ELF/Z102* French/Portuguese II Flexible Core (World Cultures and Global issues) 
    Session Credits 12
    Total Credits 57 

    Second Year, Spring II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SSA100* Introduction to Anthropology Flexible Core (Scientific World)
    Session Credits 3
    Total Credits 60

    See flexible sequence for students with basic skills needs.

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    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:

    • Make connections among courses
    • Form a community with your classmates
    • Work closely with faculty
    • Be more successful in your courses
    • Be more likely to stay in school and graduate

    Continuing students are encouraged to select a Cluster or Pair in their second semester.

    Recent Learning Community Themes include:

    • American Cultural Identities in Poetry, Prose, Beats and Rhymes
    • Technology, Power and Freedom: Building your Digital Identity
    • Truth, Lies and Video
    • Alienation and Inquiry

    Review Liberal Arts Learning Communities for the current semester.

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    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.

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