Student Learning Outcomes

BA in Latin American Studies

- Historical origins of Latin America, similarities and differences among the nations of the Latin America

- Understanding and appreciation of the artistic and cultural heritage of region

- Critical understanding of social and economic issues facing the region and its position in the world economic system

- Knowledge of the contributions of different academic disciplines to the study of Latin America

- Ability to understand and apply a range of theoretical perspectives relevant to the study of the Global North and South

- Understanding of the ethnic, religious, racial, cultural diversity found in Latin America

- General knowledge of the geography and ecology of Latin America

- Understanding of the migration of Latin Americans to the United States and their relationships to their countries of origin

- Understanding of the history of Latin American Studies as a discipline and its relation to other areas of study

- Ability to apply critical analysis to issues related to Latin America

- Familiarity with forms of information and data related to the Latin American region and the ability to access that information

- Ability to write a lucid, well-organized research paper

- Ability to use the Spanish (or another Latin American language) as a research tool

- Ability to collect, organize, and analyze qualitative and quantitative data

- Ability to read, compare and contrast, and critically assess a wide range of theoretical perspectives on social, economic, and political issues

- Ability to critically read and reflect upon a range of scholarly literature from various disciplines

- Knowledge of research methods in social sciences

MA in Latin American Studies

- Demonstrate knowledge of the Latin American region

- Demonstrate insight of social science disciplines

- Show appreciation for diverse cultures of the region

- Converse and conduct research in a language of the region

- Engage in research on subjects related to the region

- Apply critical thinking and writing skills

- Write a thesis or take a comprehensive exam in three academic fields