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The Department of Latin American and Latino Studies explores the cultural contributions of Latin Americans to the global community and highlights perspectives and traditions that have developed in the region. It analyzes the multicultural character of the peoples of Latin America by calling attention to the complex interplay among Indigenous, European, Semitic, Arab, Asian, and African societies in the region. It explores the profound linkage that has emerged between Latin America and the United States, particularly through the construction of Latino communities in the U.S.
This interdisciplinary department explores the broad dynamics shaping Latin American and Latino experiences and draws courses and insights from the fields of film and media studies, art and art history, geography, political science, religious studies, sociology, history, anthropology, modern languages, international studies, and philosophy. Students interested in a wide range of work requiring multicultural skills, such as education, law, social work, community organizing, and business, will benefit from course work in this program. The Department of Latin American and Latino Studies also serves to deepen Latino students' awareness of their cultural heritage.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Liberal Studies Requirements||84|
|Total hours required||192|
Students will be able to:
- Describe and discuss the trajectory and history of the diverse communities that have emerged in Latin America from the centuries of interactions among a range of Indigenous, European, and African societies, and other immigrant and diasporic groups (e.g. Arab, Asian, and Semitic).
- Evaluate the history of interactions between Latin America and the United States and explore the experiences of Latin Americans and their descendants within the U.S.
- Critically engage with the history and dynamics of power imbalances between dominant and subordinate groups in Latin American and between the U.S. and Latin America.
- Develop, through self-reflection and critical analysis, a strong sense of social justice within a commitment to community outreach.
- Apply theoretical approaches to practical problems and use interdisciplinary concepts and methods related to issues of social justice in the Americas.
- Develop a range of practical and communication skills, including but not limited to:
- Conducting independent research and writing.
- Conducting research and writing as part of a team.
- Engaging in critical and analytical thinking.
- Creating and delivering a presentation.
College Core Requirements
Study in the Major Field
The student’s course of study in the College consists of three parts: Liberal Studies, the major field, and electives. Together these three parts contribute to the liberal education of the student which is the common purpose of all study in the College. By “liberal education” the College understands not only a deep and thorough knowledge of a particular area of study but a knowledge of the diverse areas of study represented by criticism, history, the arts, the behavioral and social sciences, philosophy, religious studies, the natural science, and mathematics.
The major field program generally is built upon a set of core courses and a specialized “concentration.” The number of courses required for a major varies by department. Most students go beyond the minimum requirements, electing additional courses which both broaden and deepen their understanding of their chosen discipline.
Because no academic major program is built in isolation, students are required to pursue a number of electives of the student’s choice. The inherent flexibility of this curriculum demands that the student consult an academic advisor at each stage in the total program and at least once prior to each registration.
Students will be prompted to visit the College Office for their official graduation check early in their senior year.
Declaration of Major, Minor and Concentration
All students in the College are required to declare a major field prior to beginning their junior year. The student will then be assigned a faculty advisor in the major field department or program and should make an appointment to see that advisor at his or her earliest convenience.
Students must declare or change majors, minors, and concentrations, via Campus Connection. However, for the purpose of exploring the possibility of changing a major field, the student should consult an academic advisor in the Office for Academic Advising Support.
The Modern Language Requirement (MLR)
All students will be required to demonstrate competence in a modern language (i.e., a language other than English) equivalent to the proficiency attained from one year of college-level language study. This Modern Language Requirement (MLR) may be demonstrated by:
- placing into 104 or above on the DePaul language placement exam
- completing the last course or earning AP/IB credit for the last course in the first-year college sequence of any language (e.g. 103 for DePaul language classes)
- completing a college course or earning AP/IB credit for a college course beyond the first-year level in any language (e.g. 104 or above for DePaul language classes)
- completing the final course of a four-year sequence of the same modern language in high school1
- completing a proctored exam by BYU and passing the exam (see the Department of Modern Languages website for registration details)
- completing a proctored Written Proficiency Test (WPT) by Language Testing International (LTI) and achieving a score of Beginner High or above (see the Department of Modern Languages website for registration details)
Students are strongly encouraged to take the DePaul language placement exam even if they have met the MLR via study of a language in high school. This will ensure continuation of language study at the proper level.
Students who complete an Inter-College Transfer (ICT) to the College will abide by this MLR in place on the effective date of the ICT, regardless of when they first matriculated at DePaul.
Students who have met the MLR and wish to pursue further work in the language may elect the “Modern Language Option” (MLO) of the Liberal Studies Program (see "Special Programs").
External Credit and Residency
A student who has been admitted to the College begins residency within the college as of the first day of classes of the term in which the student is registered. Students in residence, whether attending on a full-time or part-time basis, may not take courses away from DePaul University without the written permission of the college. Permission must be obtained in advance of registration to avoid loss of credit or residency in the college; see the LAS website for more information.
Liberal Studies Requirements
Honors program requirements can be found in the individual Colleges & Schools section of the University Catalog. Select the appropriate college or school, followed by Undergraduate Academics and scroll down.
|First Year Program||Hours|
|LSP 110 |
or LSP 111
|DISCOVER CHICAGO |
or EXPLORE CHICAGO
|LSP 112||FOCAL POINT SEMINAR||4|
|WRD 103||COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC I 1||4|
|WRD 104||COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC II 1||4|
|Quantitative Reasoning & Technological Literacy|
|LSP 120||QUANTITATIVE REASONING & TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY I 2||4|
|LSP 121||QUANTITATIVE REASONING AND TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY II 2||4|
|Multiculturalism in the US|
|LSP 200||SEMINAR ON MULTICULTURALISM IN THE UNITED STATES||4|
|LST 390||SENIOR SEMINAR 1,3||4|
Students must earn a C- or better in this course.
Readiness for LSP 120 is determined by the math placement test taken online after admission. Students may need to take developmental coursework prior to LSP 120. The LSP 120 requirement may be waived by credit already earned for advanced math coursework or by passing a dedicated proficiency exam. Students who complete both LSP 120 and LSP 121 take one less Learning Domain course. Students may not apply the course reduction to any Domain where only one course is required, and if taken within the SI Domain, the reduction cannot be applied to the SI Lab or SWK requirement.
A student majoring in Latin American and Latino Studies (LST) is required to complete the Capstone offered by the LST Department. This is the case even if a student is double majoring (or pursuing a dual degree) and the secondary major (or degree) requires its own Capstone. An LST major in the University Honors Program shall take the University Honors Capstone and the LST Capstone.
- 3 Courses Required
- 1 Course Required
(Note: Course must focus on a geographic region outside Latin America)
- 2 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 3 Courses Required
[1 SWK Course, 1 Lab Course, and 1 Additional Course]
- 2 Courses Required
See an advisor to utilize the modern language option.
Courses offered in the student's primary major cannot be taken to fulfill LSP Domain requirements. If students double major, LSP Domain courses may double count for both LSP credit and the second major. Students who choose to take an experiential learning course offered by the major may count it either as a general elective or the Experiential Learning requirement.
In meeting learning domain requirements, no more than one course that is outside the student’s major and is cross-listed with a course within the student’s major, can be applied to count for LSP domain credit. This policy does not apply to those who are pursuing a double major or earning BFA or BM degrees.
Core Requirements (5 courses / 20 credit hours)
|LST 200||FOUNDING MYTHS AND CULTURAL CONQUEST IN LATIN AMERICA||4|
|LST 201||STRUGGLE AND RESISTANCE IN LATIN AMERICA||4|
|LST 202||CONSTRUCTING LATINO COMMUNITIES||4|
|LST 203||MEDIA AND CULTURAL STUDIES ACROSS THE AMERICAS||4|
|LST 390||SENIOR SEMINAR (taken for Liberal Studies requirement)||4|
Spanish Requirement (2 courses / 8 credit hours)
- Two 200/300-level Spanish courses
Students must also complete the requirements from one of the following concentrations: Historical Processes and Interpretations of the Americas; Contemporary Transformations in the Americas; Cultural Studies of the Americas or Latina/o Studies.
Concentrations, tracks and specializations provide focus to the major. In addition to any college core requirements, liberal studies requirements and major requirements, students are required to choose one of the following:
- Contemporary Transformations in the Americas Concentration, Latin America and Latino Studies (BA)
- Cultural Studies of the Americas Concentration, Latin America and Latino Studies (BA)
- Historical Processes and Interpretations of the Americas Concentration, Latin America and Latino Studies (BA)
- Latina/o Studies Concentration, Latin America and Latino Studies (BA)