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  Nov 17, 2017
2017-2018 Scripps Catalog

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Major

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Requirements for the Major

  • Prerequisite: SPAN 044  or equivalent profiency, or the equivalent in Portuguese, Nahuatl, Kreyol, Quichua, or other indigenous language.

The student will build courses around a disciplinary focus while maintaining interdisciplinary breadth. A minimum of 10 courses are required for the major, distributed as follows:

  • Foundation: HIST 040A  or HIST 140B  at Scripps; or HIST 031 or HIST 032 at Pomona College (which can satisfy the pre-1800 period requirement).
  • Focus: Four courses in Latin American offerings in one of the following areas: history, literature and cultures, or politics.
  • Breadth: Four elective courses outside the chosen focus, from such fields as Africana Studies, anthropology, music, sociology, media studies, or environmental studies.
  • Period: One course must cover the period prior to 1800 (examples include but are not limited to: HIST031 PO, HIST032 CH, HIST036 PO, etc).
  • A Senior Seminar.
  • Senior Thesis: LAST191 SC  

One or more courses from the Intercollegiate Department of Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies (IDCLS) may be used to satisfy focus, breadth, or period requirements listed above. While considering the geographic focus of IDCLS course(s), the student will select such courses in careful consultation with their major adviser. IDCLS courses are identified in the course schedule with a CHST course prefix.

Honors Requirements

Students with a strong interest in Latin American and Caribbean Studies are encouraged to apply for an Honors Program as early as the first semester of the junior year. Students may also be invited to apply for the program by a faculty member who teaches in the major. The Honors Program includes an honors thesis based on a year's research followed by a successful thesis defense before faculty in the field. Students intending to graduate with honors need a minimum cumulative GPA of 9.0 and a GPA of 11.0 (A-) or above in Latin American Studies. There is a senior thesis grade requirement of A– (11.0).

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