98-99 University Bulletin Entry for:

Latin American Studies

(file last updated: [8/10/1998 - 15:26:11])


Latin American studies providesa field of concentration and a program (open to students in anyconcentration) for those who wish to structure their studies ofLatin America. It offers an interdisciplinary approach to understandingthe area from Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean to SouthAmerica. Students with widely ranging interests are welcome.

How to Become a Concentratoror Program Member

Students in the concentrationand the program work closely with an advisor to develop an individualizedplan of study that combines breadth with a focus in one discipline(usually history, politics, or Spanish). Students whose interestsdo not easily fit the courses available at Brandeis may arrangeindependent study with members of the staff. Students may alsotake advantage of the resources of neighboring institutions throughthe Boston Area Consortium on Latin America. Courses may be takenat Boston College, Boston University, Tufts, and Wellesley. Studyin Latin America for a term or a year is encouraged. In the past,concentrators have studied at universities in Argentina, Mexico,Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Peru, andBrazil, and other possibilities are available. Credit may alsobe obtained for internships in Boston-area organizations relatedto Latin America. Transfer students and those studying abroadmay obtain credit for up to half the required courses from coursestaken elsewhere, with the approval of the program chair.


Silvia Arrom, Chair


Lynette Bosch

(Fine Arts)

Roxanne Davila

(Romance and Comparative Literature)

Donald Hindley


Robert Hunt


James Mandrell

(Romance and Comparative Literature)

Ricardo Morant


Wellington Nyangoni

(African and Afro-AmericanStudies)

Dora Older

(Romance and Comparative Literature)

Angela Pérez

(Romance and Comparative Literature)

Benson Saler


Faith Smith

(African and Afro-AmericanStudies and English and American Literature)

Ibrahim Sundiata

(African and Afro-AmericanStudies)

Dessima Williams


Luis Yglesias

(Romance and Comparative Literature)

Robert Zeitlin


Requirements for Concentration

A.Passing grade in any 30-level Spanish course or the equivalent,or reading competency examination in Spanish or Portuguese (administeredby LAS). Another foreign language spoken in Latin America or theCaribbean may be substituted with the permission of the LatinAmerican Studies Committee.

B.LAS 100a. (For 1998-99 only, HIST 175a will satisfy this requirement.)

C.HIST 71a or b; POL 144a or b; and one semester course on LatinAmerican or Caribbean Literature.

D.At least six additional semester courses from the listing providedbelow.

E.No more than five of the 10 required courses may be from the samedepartment.

F.Candidates for the degree with honors in Latin American studiesmust be approved by the committee and complete LAS 99d, a two-semestersenior thesis.

Requirements for the Program

A.LAS 100a. (For 1998-99 only, HIST 175a will satisfy this requirement.)

B.At least two courses from either HIST 71a and b, POL 144a andb, or the offerings on Latin American or Caribbean literature.

C.Two additional semester courses from the list provided below.

D.No more than two of the five required courses may be from thesame department.

Courses of Instruction

LAS 98a Independent Study

Signature of the instructorrequired.

Usually offered every year.


LAS 98b Independent Study

Signature of the instructorrequired.

Usually offered every year.


LAS 99d Senior Research

Signature of the instructorrequired.

Independent research and writing,under faculty director, of a senior thesis. Usually offered everyyear.


LAS 100a Seminar: Topicsin Latin American Studies

For 1998-99 only, HIST 175areplaces LAS 100a. Signature of the instructor required. May berepeated for credit.

Examines major themes and problemsin Latin American studies from an interdisciplinary perspective.Topics vary from year to year. Usually offered every year.


Elective Courses

The following courses may becounted toward the concentration or program if approved by thestudent's advisor as fitting into the individualized plan of study.Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are entirely on LatinAmerica or the Caribbean; the others, which include Latin Americaor the Caribbean as one of several areas studied, normally counttoward the concentration or program only if students write a paperon Latin America or the Caribbean. Students may apply no morethan two non-starred courses to their Latin American studies concentrationor program. Not all are given in any one year, so the CourseSchedule for each semester should be consulted.

AAAS 116b

Comparative Race and EthnicRelations

AAAS 123a

Third World Ideologies

AAAS 126b

Political Economy of the ThirdWorld

AAAS 133b*

The Literature of the Caribbean

AAAS 167a

African and Caribbean ComparativePolitical Systems

ANTH 55a

Development and the Third World

ANTH 147b*

The Rise of Mesoamerican Civilization

COML 193a*

Topics in New World Studies:The Empire Writes Back

ECON 26a*

Latin America's Economy

ECON 175a

Introduction to the Economicsof Development

FA 24b*

Twentieth-Century and ContemporaryLatin American Art

FREN 165b

Topics in Francophone Literatures

HIST 71a*

Latin American History, Pre-Conquestto 1870

HIST 71b*

Latin American History, 1870to the Present

HIST 174a*

The Legacy of 1898: U.S.-CaribbeanRelations Since the Spanish-American War

HIST 175a*

The Making and Unmaking ofthe Mexican Revolution

POL 128a

The Politics of Revolution:State Violence and Popular Insurgency in the Third World

POL 144a*

Latin American Politics I

POL 144b*

Latin American Politics II

POL 145b*

Research Seminar: Topics inLatin American Politics

POL 151b

Seminar: Nationalism and Development

POL 170b

Seminar: The Low-Income Statesand the Global System

POL 179a

Seminar: Politics and Hunger

SECS 169a*

Columbus: Encounters and Inventions

SOC 107a

Global Apartheid and GlobalSocial Movements

SOC 112a

Topics on Women and Development

SOC 125b*

U.S.-Caribbean Relations

SOC 171a

Women Leaders and Transformationin Developing Countries

SPAN 111b*

Introduction to Latin AmericanLiterature

SPAN 161a*

Modern Latin American Poetry

SPAN 163a*

Modern Latin American Fiction

SPAN 164b*

Studies in Latin American Literature

SPAN 190b*

Latin American Fiction in Translation

SPAN 192a

Contemporary Hispanic Women'sFiction in Translation