Learning Outcomes for the Minor in Latin American Studies

Expected Outcomes

As a student of LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES (LAM), you will gain an understanding of this geopolitical region’s geography, racial and ethnic makeup, politics, national economies, languages, socio-historical memory as well as its relationship to the United States. You will be able to develop an informed perspective and exhibit a reflective attitude on the practices and products of the Latin American, Hispanic and Latinx cultures.

The Latin American Studies program has identified four learning goals for minors. Upon completion of the minor, students will demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Closely read and analyze academic and accessible primary sources on a variety of topics related to Latin America, Hispanic and Latinx populations.
  • Identify and analyze key points concerning such topics as cultural trends, socio-political issues and historic and economic factors affecting the region.
  • Through class discussions, presentations and group projects, employ critical thinking skills to compare and contrast the countries of the Americas.
  • Compose complex and arguable researched essays using evidence and criteria to understand differing worldviews.