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Latin American Studies (AA) Social Science Total Units: 18
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Term Effective: Fall 2012


The Latin American Studies major gives students a broad, interdisciplinary introduction to the study of Latin America, including languages, cultures, history, and social structure. The program prepares students for transfer in the fields of Latin American Studies, or provides a foundation for lifelong learning.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate beginning level Spanish language skills with the ability to read and communicate basic ideas and concepts in Spanish;
  2. analyze and critique the interaction between the dominant Spanish culture and the cultures it encountered in Latin America and the Caribbean;
  3. analyze works of visual art, film, drama, music, literature, philosophy, and religion from culturally diverse groups within Latin America and the Caribbean in their historical and cultural context; and
  4. utilize appropriate library and online resource to research topics relevant to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Latin American Studies (AA) program are:

  • Complete 18 units from
    • Latin American Studies Major Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Latin American Studies Major Requirements - complete 17.00 units
INTDIS 4Culture & Values in Latin America & the Caribbean3.00
SPAN 1Elementary Spanish-Part 14.00
SPAN 2Elementary Spanish-Part 24.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
ANTHRO 2Cultural Anthropology3.00
ANTHRO 30Anthropology of Globalization3.00
GEOG 7Introduction to Human Geography3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
ANTHRO 2Cultural Anthropology3.00
ANTHRO 30Anthropology of Globalization3.00
ANTHRO 31Mesoamerican Origins of Latino Culture3.00
ECON 1Principles of Macroeconomics3.00
ENGL 33Chicano/Chicana Arts and Literature3.00
GEOG 7Introduction to Human Geography3.00
HIST 8.1History of Latin America from Pre-Columbian to 18303.00
HIST 8.2History of Latin America from 1830 to Present3.00
HIST 33History of Mexico3.00
POLS 2Introduction to Comparative Government3.00
SOC 1Introduction to Sociology3.00
SOC 30Race and Ethnic Relations3.00
SPAN 3Intermediate Spanish-Part One4.00
SPAN 4Intermediate Spanish-Part 24.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00
LIR 30Introduction to Information Literacy for Research Projects1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2012

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2016

Previous Versions:

Latin American Studies - effective Fall 2011
Latin American Studies - effective Summer 2004

Program Requirements Notes:

Note: No course may be used more than once to fulfill a requirement in the major.

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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