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BA in Language and Area Studies: Spanish/Latin America

BA in Language and Area Studies: Spanish/Latin America

American University

American University, Washington D.C., United States
  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
  • Degree BA
  • Study Level Bachelors
The BA in Language and Area Studies is designed for students with a strong interest in a region of the world and in a language of that region. This innovative program achieves a balance between humanities and social sciences courses, combined with an advanced level of foreign language study. Major Requirements 51 credit hours with grades of C or better Proficiency in the appropriate foreign language demonstrated by achieving a B (3.00) average or better for all course work in the foreign language taken in the Department of Language and Foreign Studies. Students may, where appropriate, and with Faculty Advisory Committee approval, select special topics courses to fulfill requirements. Student may also apply up to 3 credit hours toward the major from an approved internship or cooperative education field experience. Study abroad course credits may be used toward the major with the approval of the Faculty Advisory Committee. Course Requirements Foundation Courses (9 credit hours) SISU-105 World Politics FA3 (3) One intercultural communication course from the following: SISU-140 Cross Cultural Communication FA3 (3) SIS-360 Topics in Identity, Race, Gender, and Culture: Foundations of International Communication (3) One comparative politics course from the following: GOVT-130 Comparative Politics (3) GOVT-231 Third World Politics (3) GOVT-232 Politics of Post industrial Societies (3) Foreign Language Courses (18 credit hours) 18 credit hours of course work in a single foreign language at the 300 level or above. Area Studies (21 credit hours) 15 credit hours, with 12 credit hours at the 300 level or above, in humanities courses, including 3 credit hours from the Department of History (HIST-xxx) and an additional 3 credit hours of course work with a strong historical component, from the following. Other appropriate area studies courses may be substituted with the approval of the major advisor. Spanish/Latin America HIST-241 Colonial Latin America (3) HIST-242 Latin America since Independence (3) HIST-440 Latin American Studies (3) (topics) SPAN-210 Latin America: History, Art, Literature (3) SPAN-357 Introduction to Latin American Literature (3) SPAN-458 Introduction to Spanish Translation (3) SPAN-459 Advanced Spanish Translation (3) SPAN-450 Spanish Civilization I: Spain (3) SPAN-456 Spanish Topics (3) SPAN-491 Spanish Internship: Proyecto Amistad (2–6) SPAN-554 Classics of Latin American Literature (3) SPAN-559 Colloquium on Latin America (3) 6 credit hours of course work in social science courses, selected from the following. Other appropriate area studies courses may be substituted with the approval of the major advisor. Spanish/Latin America ANTH-439 Culture, History, Power, Place (3) (topics) ECON-351 Comparative Economic Systems (3) ECON-361 Economic Development (3) ECON-318 Economic History (3) GOVT-432 Political Institutions and Processes in Selected Countries (3) (topics) GOVT-532 Political Institutions and Processes in Selected Regions (3) (topics) HIST-241 Colonial Latin America (3) HIST-242 Latin America since Independence (3) HIST-440 Latin American Studies (3) (topics) SISU-214 Contemporary Latin America (3) SISU-240 International Development (3) SIS-577 International Relations of the Americas (3) SOCY-531 Transnational Reach: Latin America (3) Senior Capstone (3 credit hours) Students enroll either in an SIS comparative seminar or in an approved topics or seminar course in Language and Foreign Studies