Director: Julia Paulk, Ph.D.

Latin American Studies has come a long way from its foundations more than fifty years ago to forge new and critical questions about Latin American and hemispheric identity, diversity, borders, sustainability and social justice. Environmental crises, such as the continued extraction of petroleum from the Amazonian rainforest, and recent events, such as the normalization of relations with Cuba, have widespread implications. Understanding this area and its cultures also opens the door to a better understanding of the US Latino population, now nearly 1/5 of our country’s population, by both non-Latinos and Latinos, who often want to know more about their heritage. The goals of the Latin American Studies (INLA) major, as well as the INLA minor, are to foster interdisciplinary study and research in topics related to Latin American Studies, to promote the interaction of Marquette students with Latin American communities both in Milwaukee and abroad, and to advance the pursuit of social justice in the region. A degree in INLA provides advantages to job-seeking graduates in a variety of fields, including international diplomacy, international aid and development, business, banking, local and international nongovernmental organizations, journalism, immigration services and more. The INLA major can easily be completed in four years regardless of whether or not the student enters Marquette with Spanish language proficiency.

Latin American Studies Major

The major in Latin American Studies requires 33 credits consisting of the following: three Required Foundation Courses as outlined below (9 credits), two courses from each of the two Content Areas (12 credits), and four Elective Courses (12 credits). One of the courses counted toward the major must be a service learning course, and a maximum of 9 credits of SPAN courses can count as elective courses. A course can apply to only one requirement area (Foundation, Content Area or Electives)

Required Foundation Courses (9 credits)
Choose one of the following:3
Survey of Latin America
Latin American Politics
Choose one of the following:3
Hispanic Cultures and Literatures in English
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
Latin American and Latino/a Contemporary Issues
Choose one additional Foundation course. (3 credits)3
Required Content Area Courses (12 credits)
History, Economics & Politics: Choose two of the following.6
Global Applied Learning Project: Applied Global Business Learning *
Development Economics
Survey of Latin America
Colonial Latin America
History of Mexico
Latin American Politics
Politics of the Developing World
Human Security
The Political Economy of Development
United States-Latin American Relations
Culture, Society & Language: Choose two of the following.6
Latin American Philosophy
Immigrants and their Communities
Global Aid and Humanitarianism
Hispanic Cultures and Literatures in English
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
Spanish in the United States
Film and Society in Spanish
Latin American and Latino/a Contemporary Issues
Elective Courses (12 credits)12
Any of the Foundation or Content Area courses not yet completed.
Panorama of Latin American Literatures
The Caribbean
Structure of Spanish from a Linguistic Perspective
Spanish Phonetics
U.S. Latino/a Literature
Afro-Hispanic and Afro-Latino/a Literatures and Cultures
Trends in Colonial Latin American Literature
Building Nations and Identities in Latin American Literature
Latin American Poetry, Music and Visual Arts
Trends in Contemporary Latin American Literature
Novels and Novelists in Latin America
Total Credit Hours33
*

Travel must be to a Latin American country.

Required Cognate Courses (0-10 credits)0-10
Two years of college-level proficiency in Spanish via course work or placement.
Intensive Elementary Spanish
And
Intermediate Spanish 1
Intermediate Spanish 2
Or
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Total Credit Hours0-10

Latin American Studies Minor

The minor in Latin American Studies consists of 18 credit hours: Required Foundation courses (9 credit hours), one course from each of the Content Areas (6 credit hours) and one elective course (3 credit hours).

Note: Students must demonstrate a competency in a second language through the intermediate (2002 or 2003) level. This proficiency can be established through Spanish language course work at Marquette or through a Spanish language proficiency exam approved by Marquette’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Required Foundation Courses: (9 credit hours)
Choose one of the following:3
Survey of Latin America
Latin American Politics
Choose one of the following:3
Hispanic Cultures and Literatures in English
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
Latin American and Latino/a Contemporary Issues
Choose one additional Foundation Course3
Required Content Area Courses: (6 credit hours)
History, Economics & Politics: Choose one of the following.3
Global Applied Learning Project: Applied Global Business Learning *
Development Economics
Survey of Latin America
Colonial Latin America
History of Mexico
Latin American Politics
Politics of the Developing World
Human Security
The Political Economy of Development
United States-Latin American Relations
Culture, Society & Language: Choose one of the following.3
Latin American Philosophy
Immigrants and their Communities
Global Aid and Humanitarianism
Hispanic Cultures and Literatures in English
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
Film and Society in Spanish
Latin American and Latino/a Contemporary Issues
Elective Course: Choose any of the Foundation or Content Area courses not yet completed or one of the following. (3 credit hours)3
Structure of Spanish from a Linguistic Perspective
Spanish Phonetics
U.S. Latino/a Literature
Afro-Hispanic and Afro-Latino/a Literatures and Cultures
Trends in Colonial Latin American Literature
Building Nations and Identities in Latin American Literature
Latin American Poetry, Music and Visual Arts
Trends in Contemporary Latin American Literature
Novels and Novelists in Latin America
Total Credit Hours18
*

Travel must be to a Latin American country.

Required Cognate Courses (0-10 credits)0-10
Two years of college-level proficiency in Spanish via course work or placement.
Intensive Elementary Spanish
And
Intermediate Spanish 1
Intermediate Spanish 2
Or
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Total Credit Hours0-10