Majors: Learning Goals and Objectives

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

Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Bachelors

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

Latino Studies, Bachelors

Upon completion of a BA degree in Latino Studies, a student will be able to do the following:

Goal I: Understand Latino communities and cultures through simultaneous appreciation of their grounding in Latin America and the Caribbean and their relationship to the United States.

Objectives:

Explain the economic forces impacting the Latin American and Caribbean economies from the colonial period to the present.

Critically analyze the economic, political, social, and other dynamics contributing to the formation of diasporas in Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican and/or other nations of origin for many Latino people in the United States.

Show knowledge of the history, political life, and culture of Latino communities in the United States

Compare and contrast the Latino migratory experience to the United States, using the critical concepts of race and identity.

Goal II: Conduct original research on current important issues facing Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico and/or other US Latino communities.

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 Latino communities to the United States.

Objectives:

Show competence in at least one of the major artistic expressions of Latinos in the US: music, film, visual art, performance art, and literature.

Demonstrate knowledge of Latino arts and cultural expressions in their historical, social, and political contexts.

Analyze the role of the arts in Latino communities  in the United States.