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Areas of Concentration / Programs: Latin American and Iberian Studies, 2010-2011

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This concentration is an interdisciplinary program for students majoring in a related discipline who wish to undertake a comprehensive study of the cultures of Spanish America or Spain. Students supplement a major in one of the cooperating departments (e.g., history, history of art, religion, political science, anthropology, psychology, economics, comparative literature, or Spanish) with courses that focus on Latin American and Iberian issues and themes.

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Associate Professor Roberto Castillo Sandoval, Coordinator

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Requirements for the concentration (six courses and one essay):

  1. Competence in Spanish to be achieved no later than the junior year, demonstrated by the completion of at least one course in Spanish at the 200 level or above.
  2. Spanish/Independent College Programs 240 at Haverford, or General Studies 145 at Bryn Mawr. One of these two courses will be taught every year, alternating between Haverford and Bryn Mawr.
  3. Four other related courses, two of which must be taken outside the major department; one of these four courses should be at the 300 level. These courses are to be chosen from the offerings listed under the concentration in the Haverford College Catalog or the Course Guide. Students should consult with their advisors as to which courses are most appropriate for their major and special interests: some apply more to Latin America, others to Spain. Please note that other courses may be offered in fulfillment of this requirement if their pertinence to the student's program can be demonstrated.
  4. A long paper (at least 20 pages) on Spain or Latin America, to be completed no later than the first semester of the senior year, as part of the work for a course in the student's major or the concentration. Whenever possible, the paper should be written while in residence at the College. A proposal for the paper topic, accompanied by a bibliography, must be submitted in advance for approval by the concentration coordinator. While the topic is open and should reflect the student's interests in a particular discipline, the paper should demonstrate the student's ability to discuss cogently the history, literature, social, or political thought of Latin America or Spain as it applies to her individual research project.
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    Please note that this list is not exhaustive; see c) above.


    240b Latin American and Iberian Cultures and Civilizations


    114a Origins of the Global South
    209a Colonial Latin America
    209b Modern Latin America
    281a Mexican Cultural History: Ancient and Colonial
    282b Mexican Cultural History: Modern and Postmodern
    317b Topics in Latin American History: Visions of Mexico


    131b Comparative Government and Politics
    229b Latino Politics in the U.S
    233b Perspectives on Civil War and Revolution: Southern Europe and Central America
    237a Latin American Politics
    239a The United States and Latin America
    339a Research Seminar: Transitional Justice


    All courses at the 200 and 300 levels in Spanish at Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore count toward the concentration.

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