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Latin American Studies Concentration

Division of Humanities and Social Sciences

Consists of 12 credit hours distributed as follows:

The historical development of Spanish-speaking and Latin America including consideration of geography as well as political social economic intellectual and artistic factors. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite SPAN 202 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

Representative authors works and literary movements of Latin America including social and historical background. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite SPAN 202 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

Choose one course from the following:
SPAN-403 (pending topic)

Study of specific topics related to the Hispanic language culture and civilization. Recent topics include Hispanic Cinema. Hispanics in the U.S. Regional Studies etc. May be taken more than once provided different topics are covered. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisites SPAN 202 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3
(pending topic)
Travel course requiring immersion homestay and language courses in the capital city. Covers themes of Central American life and cultures. Includes excursions out of the city to gain a greater awareness of the whole society within the regional context. Prerequisites PDP-150 or PDP-350 General Education World Cultures Estimated Extra Cost 2015 Interterm 3000

Unit(s): 3

Travel course designed as a total immersion cultural experience. Classes in language conversation and culture taken at a Mexican university in Cuernavaca. Students live with families. Includes weekend excursions and visits to museums. Taught in Spanish. Estimated Extra Cost

Unit(s): 3

Travel course to Cuba. The first two weeks will be spent in Havana with daily language and culture classes excursions around the city to museums musical events and other relevant cultural activities. Students will stay with a host family in pairs. Week three will be spent traveling around the island to see and study Caribbean architecture and colonial heritage. Prerequisites PDP-150 or PDP-350 General Education global dynamics Estimated Extra Cost 2016 Interterm 3500

Unit(s): 3

Study Abroad in Latin America course

Choose one course from the following:
Latin American Studies course (advisor approved)
Additional Spanish Literature or Culture course

Comparative analysis of contemporary Latin American politics and governments. Considers political and economic themes noting especially the challenges of democracy development and inequality. Examines the regions relationship with the rest of the world including the United States. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

A socio-economic history of the world since 1500 that emphasizes the origins of the global economy its expansion with industrialization and European colonization and its transformation after the era of the World Wars. Major themes include the evolution of economic paradigms products and production methods that shaped the modern world and the impacts of economic changes for ordinary people. Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education history

Unit(s): 3

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Examines the rise and fall of an Atlantic World system that tied Europe Africa and the Americas into a web of cultural political and economic interdependence. Major themes include different models of New World exploration colonization by European colonial powers missionary activities and religious migrations the ramifications of New World slavery encounters and conflicts between native and colonial peoples and the development of nation states in the Western Hemisphere. Corequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
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An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
General education history

Unit(s): 3

Dilemmas tensions and theoretical and policy issues related to the position of Third World countries in the modern world. Questions of urbanization industrialization modernization westernization and distribution of economic resources are discussed. Various theories of development and underdevelopment are critically examined. Prerequisite PDP-150 or PDP-350 and SOC 101 and major in one of the social sciences or permission of the instructor General education global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

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Dr. Harriett E. Hayes, Division Head
540-828-5654
hhayes@bridgewater.edu