Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies

Learning Goals and Objectives

Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Bachelors

Upon completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, a student will be able to do the following:

Goal I: Understand Latin American and Caribbean cultures through an appreciation for the diversity of Latin America and the Caribbean

Objectives:

  • Explain the role of migration in the formation of Latin America and the Caribbean’s diverse cultures
  • Compare and contrast the historical development of Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Explain the economic forces impacting the Latin American and the Caribbean economies
  • Critically analyze the Latino/a experience in terms of significant issues, theories, current problems, and solutions

Goal II: Conduct original research on a current important issue facing Latin America

Objectives:

  • Incorporate ideas from sources and use them appropriately
  • Develop a well-written thesis
  • Analyze various viewpoints
  • Support evidence applying historically-based and culturally-informed arguments as indicated by the instructor in each discipline covered by the program: history; politics; anthropology; literature/the arts

Goal III: Explain the main developments in Latin American history and culture, from the colonial period to the present

Objectives:

  • Explain the main historical periods
  • Analyze how political transformations shaped Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Analyze the role of migration in Latin America and the US
  • Explain the major belief-systems of Latin America and the Caribbean

Goal IV: Show competence in the artistic expressions of Latin America and the Caribbean

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of at least one of the major artistic expressions of Latin America: music, film, visual art, performance art, and literature
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Latin American and Caribbean art’s political and historical contexts
  • Analyze the role of the arts in Latin American and Caribbean societies

Goal V: Demonstrate competence in Spanish

Objectives:

  • Read works in Spanish for a research paper
  • Read major works of literature in Spanish
  • Write one brief essay in Spanish with correct punctuation, basic grammatical competence, and a basic conceptual grasp of the Spanish language

Puerto Rican Studies, Bachelors

Upon completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Puerto Rican Studies, a student will be able to do the following:

Goal I: Understand Puerto Rican culture through simultaneous appreciation of its grounding in Latin America and the Caribbean and its relationship to the United States

Objectives:

  • Explain the economic forces impacting the Puerto Rican economy from the colonial period to the present
  • Critically analyze the main developments in Puerto Rican history
  • Explain the development, different viewpoints, and current issues regarding Puerto Rico’s political status
  • Show knowledge of the history, political life, and culture of the Puerto Rican communities in the United States
  • Compare and contrast the Puerto Rican migratory experience to other migrant communities in the United States, using the critical concepts of race and identity

Goal II: Conduct original research on a current important issue facing Puerto Rico and its migrant communities in the United States

Objectives:

  • Incorporate ideas from sources and use them appropriately
  • Develop a well-written thesis
  • Analyze various viewpoints
  • Support evidence applying historically-based and culturally-informed arguments

Goal III: Show competence in the artistic expressions of Puerto Rico and its migrant communities to the United States

Objectives:

  • Show competence in at least one of the major artistic expressions of Puerto Rico: music, film, visual art, performance art, and literature
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Puerto Rican art’s historical, social, and political contexts
  • Analyze the role of the arts in Puerto Rican society and in the United States

Last modified: Oct 31, 2013

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