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Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) is an interdisciplinary program within the College of Franklin Arts and Sciences. The LACS academic programs are all broad-based and multidisciplinary, offering students a comprehensive perspective on the region and opportunities to explore targeted areas of interest. Course offerings represent a variety of fields, including: African-American Studies, agricultural leadership, anthropology, history, international affairs, journalism and mass communication, literature and culture, music, sociology, and theater. LACS programs also include substantial language training in Spanish, Portuguese, Quechua, and/or French. Students may earn: a major (Bachelor of Arts), minor, and both undergraduate and graduate certificates in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

 

 

 

 A.B. Degree

Click on the link below for more information on the A.B. Degree.

Requirements

 

 

 

Undergraduate Minor

Students are expected to fulfill any course prerequisite requirements as directed. See the requirements below.

Requirements

 

 

 

Graduate Certificate Program

See the requirements below and then click on the application form link to learn how to apply for the Graduate Certificate Program.

Requirements Application Form

 

 

 LACSI Internships

LACSI student interns can participate in any aspect of the organization, including strategic planning, fundraising, public relations, translation, service & outreach projects, event planning, and grant writing, among other activities. We work with interns to find projects that they are passionate about and can take the lead on. LACSI Internships are tremendous opportunities to develop professionally and have an impact on the university and society at large. Please contact Associate Director Paul Duncan for more information about LACSI Internships.

 

The Portuguese Flagship Program

The Portuguese Flagship Program (PFP) at the University of Georgia is the first and only of its kind. Intended for UGA undergraduate students with a unique commitment to reach the highest levels of Portuguese and apply those skills in a professional context, the PFP offers an unprecedented opportunity for motivated students to internationalize their academic experience. See the requirements below.

Requirements Application Form

 

 

 

Quechua Language Program

Quechua, spoken by more than 10 million speakers, is the language of the Incas and is currently spoken in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and parts of Argentina and Colombia. LACSI is proud to offer a four-semester Quechua language sequence that completes the foreign language requirements for the University of Georgia.

 

 

LACSI Advisor Contact Information

 

To learn more about our academic programs please email Dr. Frans Weiser at frweiser@uga.edu.

 

Current Course Offering

 

2016 FALL Lower division LACS Courses

Course Name Instructor Call # Time Location
LACS 1000 Intro to Latin American and Caribbean Studies Weiser 30448 TR12:30-1:45PM Journalism 118
Quesada 30461 MWF11:15-12:05PM Baldwin 264
Lapegna 30463 TR3:30-4:45 Baldwin 264
HIST2221 Latin American History to 1800 Whigham 30769 TR9:30-10:45 LeConte 221
HIST2222 Latin American History since 1800 Chamosa 30749 MWF9:05-9:55 LeConte341
QUEC1001 Elementary Quechua I 30464 MWF9:05-9:55 Baldwin 302
QUEC2001 Intermediate Quechua I 30466 MWF10:10-11:00 Baldwin 302

2016 FALL LACS track courses**

Course Name Instructor Call # Time Location
HIST3230 History of Brazil Pitts 30641 12:30-1:45PM LeConte321
CMLT(AFST)(LACS)4545/6545 Comparative Postcolonial Studies O’Neill 26613 11-12:15PM Journalism506
ALDR(AFST)(LACS)4710/6710 International Agricultural Development Navarro 25044 12:30-1:45PM Environmental Health Sciences 101
JRLC(LACS)5060 Telenovelas, Culture, and Society Acosta Alzuru 10742 11-12:15PM MLC253
GEOG3640 Geography of Human Rights Ross 25850 9:30-10:45AM Geography/Geology 300A
HIST3220 History of Mexico Whigham 25671 11:00-12:15PM LeConte221
INTL4315 Comparative Democracy 30719 3:30-4:45PM MLC245
INTL5080 International Mass Communication Kavoori 29561 2-3:15PM Journalism412
LLED4620E ESOL Service Learning Tolosa Casadont 27029 Online
SOCI3010 Sociology of Culture Winter 24891 10:10-11AM Baldwin311
Gill 29907 12:20-1:10PM MLC245
WMST3110 Gender, Race, Class, Sex 24830 9:30-10:45AM Joe Brown 154

**Also, every course taught in either Portuguese or Spanish levels 3000 or up.

 

Course Descriptions

 

Course ID: LACS 1000. 3 hours.

Course Title: Introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean

Course

Description: The interdisciplinary study of Latin America and the Caribbean. Examination of ethnic and cultural diversity and issues of gender, race, class, and culture within Latin American and Caribbean society. Consideration will also be given to the historical, political, economic, geographic, and social experiences of Latin American and Caribbean ethnic and cultural groups with special attention to their diversity and unity.

Oasis Title: INTRO TO LACS

Semester Course

Offered: Offered fall semester every year.

Grading System: A-F (Traditional)

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Course ID: LACS 2002. 3 hours.

Course Title: Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies II

Course

Description: This continuation of Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies I serves as a basic introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Faculty from various disciplines deliver weekly lectures introducing students to issues related to the cultures, languages, ecology, geography, history, linguistics, political science, and the societies of Latin America and the Caribbean. Advanced readings and discussions following the weekly lectures.

Oasis Title: INTRO TO LACS II

Semester Course

Offered: Offered fall semester every year.

Grading System: A-F (Traditional)

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Course ID: ANTH(NAMS)(LACS) 3270. 3 hours.

Course Title: New World Archaeology

Course

Description: Cultural variation in the Americas from the end of the Pleistocene to the time of intensive European contact, with emphasis on human/environmental interactions.

Oasis Title: NEW WORLD ARCH

Semester Course

Offered: Not offered on a regular basis.

Grading System: A-F (Traditional)

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Course ID: WMST(LACS) 3500. 3 hours.

Course Title: Women in the Caribbean

Course

Description: This course covers a range of issues affecting women in the various parts of the Caribbean region. It examines the meaning of feminism within the Caribbean context. It considers the ways in which race, gender, class, ethnicity, language, sexuality, and other factors affect the formation of Caribbean women’s identities in the modern world.

Oasis Title: WOMEN IN CARIBBEAN

Prerequisite: WMST 1110 or WMST 2010 or permission of department

Semester Course

Offered: Offered spring semester every even-numbered year.

Grading System: A-F (Traditional)

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Course ID: SPAN(LACS) 4090. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 6 hours credit.

Course Title: Practicum in Service Learning

Course

Description: Practical use of the Spanish language through community involvement. Students will work directly with the Spanish-speaking population in the Athens area in planned and systematic activities coordinated between the Department of Romance Languages and a variety of community organizations.

Oasis Title: PRAC SERV LEARNING

Nontraditional Format: Students will be earning one, two, or three hours of credit for volunteering in the local community. Students will be honing their language skills and the practicum will be monitored by an instructor of record, but there will be no traditional classroom activities or course assignments, such as exams, or quizzes. Short reaction essays, an experience journal, and final paper might be required.

Pre or Corequisite: SPAN 3010 or SPAN 3010H or SPAN 3011

Semester Course

Offered: Offered every year.

Grading System: S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)

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Course ID: SPAN(LACS) 4121. 3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 6 hours credit.

Course Title: Topics in Spanish Studies

Course

Description: Designed for students who participate in UGA Study Abroad programs. Students take the challenge of attending a class regularly offered by host university for its regular students. Students can select one of various topics-including Latin American History, Anthropology, Mass Media, Popular Culture, etc. Classes are offered in Spanish only.

Oasis Title: TOPICS IN SPANISH

Prerequisite: SPAN 3030 or SPAN 3030H or SPAN(LING) 3050

Pre or Corequisite: SPAN 4010

Semester Course

Offered: Offered fall, spring and summer semester every year.

Grading System: S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)

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Course ID: LACS(ANTH)(LING)(ENGL) 4215/6215. 3 hours.

Course Title: Creole Language and Culture in the Caribbean

Course

Description: An introduction to the study of creole language and culture in the Caribbean, including an overview of the history and development focusing on the socio-historical context of their genesis, demographics, and the resulting linguistic make-up. The status of creoles, their use in Education and creole identities, are also examined.

Oasis Title: CREOLE LANGUAGE

Prerequisite: Permission of department

Semester Course

Offered: Offered spring semester every odd-numbered year.

Grading System: A-F (Traditional)

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Course ID: ANTH(LACS) 4225/6225. 3 hours.

Course Title: Mexican Civilization: Cultural Identity of Mexican People

Course

Description: Examination of ethnic and cultural diversity, and issues of gender, race, class, and culture within Mexican society. Consideration will also be given to the historical, political, economic, and social experiences of Mexican ethnic and cultural groups with special attention to their diversity and unity.

Oasis Title: MEXICAN CIVILIZATIO

Semester Course

Offered: Not offered on a regular basis.

Grading System: A-F (Traditional)

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Course ID: INTL(LACS) 4270. 3 hours.

Course Title: Inter-American Relations

Course

Description: Introduction to and analysis of changes in Latin American and United States foreign policy.

Oasis Title: INT-AMER RELATIONS

Prerequisite: INTL 3200 or INTL 3300 or permission of department

Semester Course

Offered: Offered every year.

Grading System: A-F (Traditional)

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Course ID: INTL(LACS) 4315. 3 hours.

Course Title: Comparative Democracy, Democratization, and Civil Society

Course

Description: Democracy and democratization focused on the political, cultural, and socioeconomic bases of democratization, its practice in the United States, Europe, Russia, Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and/or Latin America and the prospects for democracy spreading in presently non-democratic countries. Emphasis on the distinct meanings of democracy, its variety of forms, and the distinct priorities that different societies give to democracy.

Oasis Title: COMP DEMOCRACY

Prerequisite: INTL 3200 or INTL 3300 or permission of department

Grading System: A-F (Traditional)

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Course ID: INTL(LACS) 4380. 3 hours.

Course Title: Latin American Political Systems

Course

Description: The factors leading to democratic transitions in the region and the problems associated with the consolidation of democratic rule.

Oasis Title: LATIN AMER POL SYS

Pre or Corequisite: INTL 3200 or INTL 3300 or permission of department

Grading System: A-F (Traditional)

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Course ID: ANTH(NAMS)(LACS) 4460/6460. 3 hours.

Course Title: The Aztecs and the Maya

Course

Description: Two indigenous urban societies of the Americas, from farming village beginnings to the Spanish conquest, and their lasting impact on modern middle American culture. Topics include ecology, economy, political organization, urbanism, militarism, beliefs, art, architecture, and literature.

Oasis Title: AZTECS & MAYA

Duplicate Credit: Not open to students with credit in ANTH 3260

Semester Course

Offered: Offered every year.

Grading System: A-F (Traditional)

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Course ID: ALDR(AFST)(LACS) 4710/6710. 3 hours.

Course Title: International Agricultural Development

Course

Description: Analysis of international development programs, stressing the developing world’s perspective. Study of issues affecting international cooperation, agricultural development and sustainability, technology transfer, and extension education.

Oasis Title: INTERNATIONAL AGDEV

Duplicate Credit: Not open to students with credit in ALDR(AFST) 5700/7700

Nontraditional Format: Course dynamics emphasize case studies, discussions, and group projects. Students in AFST and LACS will focus their term assignments in their region of interest.

Semester Course

Offered: Offered fall semester every year.

Grading System: A-F (Traditional)

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Course ID: LACS 4900. 3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 9 hours credit.

Course Title: Special Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Course

Description: Current topics in Latin America and/or the Caribbean.

Oasis Title: SPEC TOPICS LACS

Semester Course

Offered: Not offered on a regular basis.

Grading System: A-F (Traditional)

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Course ID: LACS 4911. 3 hours.

Course Title: Latin American and Caribbean Studies Senior Capstone Seminar

Course

Description: To enhance the knowledge gained and deepen the appreciation of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Students will demonstrate proficiency in the major regional language of choice.

Oasis Title: CAPSTONE SEMINAR

Prerequisite: LACS 2001 and LACS 2002 and permission of department

Semester Course

Offered: Offered spring semester every year.

Grading System: A-F (Traditional)

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Course ID: JRLC(LACS) 5060. 3 hours.

Course Title: Telenovelas, Culture, and Society

Course

Description: Examination of the connections between media, culture, and society as participants study the world’s most watched television genre: the Latin American telenovela. The class focuses on the genre’s contexts of production, consumption, regulation, and globalization, and analyzes telenovelas as a public forum for the negotiation of sociocultural issues.

Oasis Title: TELENOVELAS & SOC

Prerequisite: SPAN 2002

Grading System: A-F (Traditional)

 

Course Syllabi

 

To download syllabi, please access the following website: https://syllabus.uga.edu/Browse.aspx

 

Learning Outcomes

 

Learning Outcome Assessment Requirements for LACS Majors:
All LACS majors will be required to submit a portfolio composed of materials from their major
course work. These portfolios will be submitted during the capstone course. As a minimum, each
student must assemble and submit a dossier that includes the following relevant materials:
(1) A paper in a target language of the region that displays analytical skills appropriate to
the discipline (This can be a copy of a paper you wrote for one of your upper division
language courses.)
(2) A paper from a course in geography, anthropology, history, or another relevant
discipline that demonstrates your basic knowledge of Latin American History and
geography.
(3) Your capstone term paper that sums up your understanding of the diverse cultural,
economic, linguistic, anthropological, and/or sociological backgrounds of Latin
America and the Caribbean.
(4) Letter from supervisor or other materials documenting community involvement
(participation in a study abroad program, participation in service learning, work in an
internship program, or in some other way participation in direct and meaningful
contact with Latin American or Caribbean communities).
(5) Email from faculty member indicating acceptable oral proficiency in your target
language from the region.

Portfolios will be reviewed and scored by a faculty member from the LACS Curriculum
Committee using the rubric. If portfolios do not meet the minimal performance
requirements, students will have the opportunity to make revisions and resubmit the portfolio.

 

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