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Latin American/Latino Studies

Chair: Dr. Sonia P. Ticas, sticas, x2367, Walker 324
Dr. Violeta Ramsay, vramsay, x2544, Walker 316
Transfer Advisor: Dr. Sonia P. Ticas, sticas, x2367, Walker 324
Dr. Violeta Ramsay, vramsay, x2544, Walker 316
First-Year student contact: Dr. Sonia P. Ticas, sticas, x2367, Walker 324
Dr. Violeta Ramsay, vramsay, x2544, Walker 316

This major is intended for students who have a background in Spanish language and interest in interdisciplinary studies related to Latin America and Latinos in the U.S. It is housed in the MOdern Languages Dept.- Spanish section but is supported by affliliates in SOAN and History departments. During a semester of study at one of our sites in Latin America, majors can develop further their linguistic and cultural competencies while taking classes in disciplines such as history, anthropology, environmental studies and cultural studies. This major aligns with the core themes of Linfield College to promote diversity studies and global understanding in preparation to meet the challenges of the 21st century. 

GUIDELINES FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS:

Students need to meet proficiency levels in intermediate level Spanish language as a foundation to study abroad. A placement test is required to determine language level.

FALL SEMESTER:

One of the following: MLSP 201-302

SPRING SEMESTER:

One of the following: MLSP 201-302

Students are encouraged to declare a major as soon as possible even while working on language pre-requisites. This way, planning for the semester abroad can take place with ample time. Start by talking to your language professor or by contacting one of the advisors listed above.

MAJOR/MINOR SPECIFIC ADVISING INFORMATION: 

CORE: A total of 40 credits will be required to be completed as follows: 8-10 credits in Spanish language beginning with MLSP 201 or 202; 301 or 302; 3-4 credits in studies of cultures (including SOAN 226 and MLSP 312); 3-4 credits in Latino studies (incl. HIST 314, SOAN 270 and MLSP 350-when topic is on Latino literature); 12 credits completed during a semester abroad in a Latin American country; and 3 credits in MLSP 485—Completion of senior project—upon return from abroad

ELECTIVES: 7-11 elective credits in History and MLSP (advanced content courses dealing with Latin America)

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

The LALAS major could be pursued alongside other majors including History, SOAN, and International Relations but not alongside the Spanish major. No more than eight credits can be double counted.