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Latin American Studies: under catalogs before 2013

Previous Requirements of the Major in International Languages and Cultures with a Latin American Studies Concentration

For requirements of the major as of the 2013 catalog, click here.

To earn a bachelor of arts degree with a major in International Languages and Cultures/Latin American Studies, a student must satisfy the following minimum requirements in addition to the general college requirements:

1. A minimum of 36 semester-hours distributed as follows:

a. Core Spanish-language courses. No more than four courses (16 semester-hours) from the following list:

  • ILCS 101: Elementary Spanish I
  • ILCS 102: Elementary Spanish II
  • ILCS 110: Accelerated Elementary Spanish
  • ILCS 201: Intermediate Spanish I
  • ILCS 202: Intermediate Spanish II
  • ILCS 206: Introduction to Literature in Spanish

Students who, upon entering St. Mary's, are exempted from any of the beginning Spanish language courses (ILCS 101, 102, 110, 201, 202), may substitute these with French or Portuguese language courses.

b. Elective Spanish-language courses. A minimum of two courses (8 semester-hours) from the following list:

  • ILCS 361: Indigenous Cultures in Latin America (repeatable for core credit)
  • ILCS 362: African Diaspora Cultural Expressions in Latin America (repeatable for core credit)
  • ILCS 363: Cultural Perspectives on Gender (repeatable for core credit)
  • ILCS 365: Creating for Social Change (repeatable for core credit)
  • ILCS 368: The Construction of Nationalism and Cultural Identity
  • ILCS 369: The Problematic of Modernity
  • ILCS 370: Postmodernity and Globalization
  • ILCS 372: Multicultural Characteristics of Early Modern Spain
  • ILCS 440 : Special Topics in Hispanic Studies in Spanish (repeatable for core credit)

c. General Electives. Any number of courses from the following list, which, together with (1) and (2) above, make up a minimum of 36 semester-hours:

  • AADS 214: Africa and the African Diaspora
  • ARTH 224: Ancient American Art and Architecture
  • ARTH 250: Topics in Art History (valid when the course focuses on Latin America)
  • ARTH 321: Art and Architecture of the Ancient Maya
  • ARTH 331: Topics in Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art
  • ARTH 350: Advanced Topics in Art History(valid when the course focuses on Latin America)
  • ECON 372: Economics of Developing Countries
  • HIST 253: Latin American Civilizations
  • HIST 378: Colonial Latin American History
  • HIST 379: Modern Latin American History since 1820
  • HIST 394: Topics in Asian, African, or Latin American History (valid when the course focuses on Latin America)
  • HIST 400: Comparative Slave Systems in the Americas
  • HIST 455: Topics in Asian, African or Latin American History (valid when the course focuses on Latin America)
  • HIST 461: Gender in Latin American History
  • ILAS 200: Democracy in Latin America
  • ILAS 206: Latin American Literature in Translation
  • ILAS 310: The Latino/a Experience in the United States
  • ILAS 350: Latin American Cinema
  • ILAS 370: Guatemalan History
  • ILAS 380: Cultural History of Argentina

See the SMCM catalog online for course descriptions.

3. ILCT 293: Introduction to Cultural Studies (2 semester-hours). Must be taken at the same time as or right before the first 300-level course in ILCC/ILCF/ILCG/ILCS by those students planning to major in International Languages and Cultures.

4. ILCT 393: St. Mary's Project Workshop (2 semester-hours). Should ideally be taken the spring of the junior year, immediately before beginning work on the St. Mary's Project.

5. ILAS 493-494: St. Mary's Project in International Languages and Cultures (8 semester-hours)

Total: 48 semester-hours

Latin American Studies major worksheet