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    Latin American Studies

    200 de Wetter Center
    Phone: (915) 747-5196
    (915) 747-5157
    E-mail: cibs@utep.edu

    DIRECTOR: Jon Amastae
    PROFESSORS EMERITI: C. Richard Bath, James M. Day, Julius Rivera, Ellwyn Stoddard
    PROFESSORS: Amastae, Cardon, Elerick, García, Haddox, James, McGee Deutsch, Natalicio, Pérez, R. Schmidt, Teschner, Villarreal
    ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS: Armengol, Bagby, Brannon, Brunk, Campbell, Carmichael, Ford, Howard, Ibarreche, López, R. Peterson, Rocha
    ASSISTANT PROFESSORS: Coronado, Longoria, Martin, Morales, J. Peterson, Ramos, G. Rodriguez, Romero

    The program in Latin American/Border Studies (LABS) is designed to play a critical role in the fulfillment of UTEP's institutional mission, which includes providing students with perspectives based on UTEP's geographic and social setting, thereby contributing to the formation of a broader intellectual and artistic foundation for the 21st Century and to the search for solutions to regional, national, and international problems. UTEP's location in the largest urban center on the U.S.-Mexico border provides a unique opportunity for understanding the modern world through an immediate and concrete experience in the study of Latin America, and for development of a comprehensive view of the Americas and the ways in which different parts of the Americas interact at various points of contact, including the U.S.-Mexico border. The program includes study of Latin America and of the Border as the zone of expanding connections and fusions between North and South America.

    BA in Latin American Studies
    The Latin American Studies degree is an interdisciplinary major consisting of interrelated fields designed to provide students with the opportunity to prepare themselves for appropriate employment in business, government, or education or for advanced study in a Latin American area at the graduate level. In addition to the regular academic program, lectures, special seminars, and other Latin American resource opportunities are provided. The Director of the Center for Inter-American and Border Studies serves as advisor to Latin American Studies majors.

    In addition to fulfilling the general requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree, the student must complete 30 hours of credit toward the major. In order to provide flexibility and relevance in the program, the student may choose among five concentrations. In fulfilling the concentrations, no single course may be used to satisfy more than one course requirement.

    Students may satisfy the language requirement by successfully completing SPAN 2301 and SPAN 2302 (for non-native speakers) or SPAN 2303 and SPAN 2304 (for native speakers). This requirement may be waived upon successful completion of an approved competency examination. If the requirement is waived, students must complete one of the following: SPAN 3320 Hispanic Civilization (recommended for students relatively fluent in the language), SPAN 3355 Advanced Conversation, SPAN 3356 Advanced Conversation for Native Speakers, or SPAN 3357 Advanced Composition (recommended for students needing enhancement of either oral or writing skills).

    Behavioral Science Concentration (30 semester hours)
    -- 6 hours from ECON 3366; GEOG 3312; POLS 4335; or HIST 3346, HIST 3347, or HIST 3350
    -- 9 hours of 4300-level Political Science courses in Latin American politics or 9 hours of 3300-4300 level Economics courses with Latin American content
    -- 6 hours CS 1310; SOCI 2312 or SOCI 3311 (SOCI 2312 may not count in the BA Mathematics/Sciences block)
    -- 9 hours of 4300-level courses with Latin American content, selected from an approved list

    Border Studies Concentration (30 semester hours)
    -- 6 hours from ECON 3366; GEOG 3312; POLS 4335; or HIST 3346, HIST 3347, or HIST 3350
    -- 6 hours from ECON 4368 or HIST 3349 or POLS 4337
    -- 3 hours from HIST 3342 or HIST 3343
    -- 3 hours from ANTH 3361 or SOCI 3361
    -- 3 hours from ANTH 3310 or HIST 3316 or POLS 4313
    -- 3 hours from MUSL 3325 or THEA 3335
    -- 3 hours from ENGL 3371 or SPAN 3325
    -- 3 hours from an approved list of courses with a border focus

    Business-Economics Concentration (30 semester hours)
    -- 6 hours from GEOG 3312; POLS 4335; HIST 3346, HIST 3347, or HIST 3350
    -- 6 hours of Accounting
    -- 9 hours, FIN 3310, MGMT 3303, and MKT 3300
    -- 9 hours, ECON 3366, ECON 3367, and ECON 4368

    Humanities Concentration (30 semester hours)
    -- 6 hours from ECON 3366; GEOG 3312; POLS 4335; HIST 3346, HIST 3347, or HIST 3350
    -- 9 hours of 3300-4300 level modern languages or English courses in Latin American literature
    -- 9 hours of 3300-4300 level history courses with Latin American content
    -- 6 hours from PHIL 3312, ARTH 3310, or MUSL 3126

    Spanish-Linguistics Concentration (30 semester hours)
    -- 6 hours from ECON 3366; GEOG 3312; POLS 3435; HIST 3346, HIST 3347, or HIST 3350
    --15 hours of 3300-4300 level Spanish courses with Latin American content
    -- 6 hours in the linguistics of Spanish
    -- 3 hours of 3300-4300 level course work with Latin American content, selected from an approved list

    Minor in Latin American/Border Studies
    The minor in Latin American/Border Studies is structured to serve as a complement for the widest possible variety of major fields and thus prepare students for careers in business, industry, government, education, public service, research, law, health, as well as the demands of citizenship in a complex, inter-related world. The minor includes courses that are broadly integrating and problem-based as well as courses that are more narrowly focused. It is envisioned as a means for integrating the specialized majors with a cross-disciplinary and international context.

    The 18-hour minor in LABS may be combined with any major. It includes the following requirements:

    • 3 hours, SPAN 2302, SPAN 2304. This requirement may be waived upon successful completion of an approved competency examination.
    • LABS 3300 The Americas
    • 12 hours of electives in courses of Latin American or Border content, selected with the approval of the Latin American/Border Studies Advisor. These electives are designed to provide appropriate complements to the student's major, thereby adding the perspectives of disciplinary breadth and a Latin American/Border perspective.
    Latin American/Border Studies (LABS)
    Courses in Latin American/Border Studies include a wide variety of courses taught in departments. The Latin American/Border Studies Advisor maintains a list of approved courses in other departments. The course schedule each semester identifies the courses for that semester. Special courses in Latin American/Border Studies include the following:

    2330 The Border (3-0)
    A multidisciplinary exploration of US-Mexico border issues from the varied and sometimes contentious perspectives of participants/observers on both sides. Students will examine local and non-local perceptions to understand the border as fact and metaphor. Emphasis on appreciating the fragile and complex systems of the border: ethnic, social, cultural, historical, economic, linguistic, legal, and others.

    3300 The Americas (3-0)
    This course treats selected modern themes as manifested in the Americas, including population movements, the arts, economic change, identity, socio-political structures and events, health, the environment, international relations, borders, and technology. Consideration of each theme includes a discussion of its dynamic historical development and a team-taught, interdisciplinary perspective. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

    4301 Topics in Latin American/Border Studies (3-0)
    Selected topics in Latin American, Inter-American, or Border Studies. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. Prerequisite: Junior standing and department approval.


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