Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Fairfield University's commitment to a humanistic perspective and to the concept of social justice requires that students be introduced to the "other" Americans who inhabit this hemisphere. The vibrant cultures of the Caribbean and Central and South American nations, blending indigenous, European and African influences, provide a rich field of study that can be approached from many points of view.
The Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the multifaceted aspects of the Latin American and Caribbean countries, including the political and economic involvement of the United States. The pre-Columbian indigenous cultures, the systems of African slavery, economic dependency, 20th-century revolutions in politics, poetry, painting, literature, the churches, and the reassertion of negritude and Indian rights are some of the themes considered in the courses offered in the program.
Latin American and Caribbean Studies Courses
LAC 0300 Justice and the Developing World4 Credits
Attributes: EDCG Educational Studies Cognate, HASM Humanitarian Action Minor Skills/Method Course, PJST Peace and Justice Studies, WDIV World Diversity
This interdisciplinary course combines the insights of history, politics, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, business, and economics to examine problems of poverty and justice in the developing world - including health, education, and environmental sustainability - with particular focus either on Central or South America, or the Caribbean. Significant to the course is a one-week immersion in one country, which is not required but strongly encouraged. Students plan and carry out a research project asking the critical questions and using the research methodologies of their academic major or minor. The immersion trip provides students with an intensive field research opportunity, the findings from which they incorporate into their papers.
LAC 0301 Latin America and the United States3 Credits
Attributes: H_NW Non-Western History, H_RE History: Research Paper, WDIV World Diversity
This interdisciplinary course is not a course in diplomatic relations. Rather it considers the ways in which Latin Americans have perceived, analyzed, depicted, reacted to, and dealt with the United States. The course considers essayists, poets, filmmakers, social scientists, statesmen, journalists, revolutionaries, artists, "vendepatrias", and diplomats. This course, which fulfills the requirement for the capstone seminar in Latin American and Caribbean studies and counts as a history course, includes research papers and oral presentations.
LAC 0373 Internship3 Credits
Short-term internships in the field of Latin American and Caribbean Studies combine academic work with service that answers a community-identified need, and critical reflection. Such internships are offered in a Latin American or Caribbean country generally during the summer for a four to six-week period. Prior approval from the director(s) of the LACS program is required.
LAC 0399 Independent Study1-4 Credits
Prerequisites: At least one course in LACS; Junior or senior standing.
A student may conduct a one-semester independent study on a defined research topic or field of study under the supervision of a Professor in the LACS Program. Requires prior approvals by the Professor with whom the student will work as well as the Director of the LACS program.
Latin American and Caribbean Studies Electives
|Reflections of the Environment: Focus on Latin America and the Caribbean|
|Art of Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas|
|Zoology Field Experience 1|
|Economic Aspects of Current Social Problems 1|
|Comparative Economic Systems 1|
|Economic Development of Third World Nations 1|
|African Diaspora: Literature and Culture|
|Caribbean Literature: History, Culture, and Identity|
|Ethnic American Literature|
|Caribbean Women Writers|
|Intermediate French II|
|Colonial Latin America, 1492-1800|
|Modern Latin America, 1800-Present|
|Power, Politics, History: U.S.-Latin American Relations from the 1800s to the Present|
|Food, Consumption, and Commodities in Latin America, 1500 to the Present: From Chocolate to Cocaine 1|
|Information Systems and Operations Management (DSB)|
|International Information Systems 1|
|Seminar in International Studies 1|
|World Music History and Ensemble 1|
|Community, Public, and Global Health Nursing 1|
|Introduction to Global Public Health for Non-Nurses|
|Latin American Politics|
|Intermediate Brazilian Portuguese II|
|Sociology and Anthropology|
|Introduction to International Migration 1|
|Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Society|
|Social Change in Developing Nations 1|
|Intermediate Spanish II|
|Topics in Language and Culture 1|
|Career-Oriented Spanish for Business|
|Career-Oriented Spanish for Nursing and Health Studies|
|Analysis and Interpretation of Hispanic Literature|
|Popular Culture in Latin America|
|Cuban Film: A Close Look at the Revolution|
|Culture, Civilization, and Literature in the Spanish-American Caribbean Region|
|Dictatorships and Revolutionary Movements in Contemporary Latin America|
|Literature and Culture of the Hispanic Caribbean Migration and Diaspora|
|Images of Latin American Indians|
|Coordinating Seminar I 1|
This course is instructor dependent. Not all sections may be suitable for LACS program credit.
Farrell (Modern Languages and Literatures)
Adrada Rafael (Modern Languages and Literatures)
Jones (Sociology and Anthropology)
Vásquez Mazariegos (Economics)
Campos (Modern Languages and Literatures)