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Latin-American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) Faculty

Latin-American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) Faculty

Program Committee Chair
D. Studnicki-Gizbert (History)
Program Committee
O. Coomes (Geography)
J. Jouve-Martin (Hispanic Studies)
C. LeGrand (History)
T. Meredith (Geography)
P. Oxhorn (Political Science)
K. Sibbald (Hispanic Studies)
I. Vaccaro (Anthropology)
Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration Latin American Studies (36 credits)

Required Courses (18 credits)

*Note: Successful completion of intermediate level Spanish (HISP 220D1/D2 or HISP 219 or equivalent) is a prerequisite for the required courses HISP 243 and HISP 244.

HISP 243* (3) Survey of Spanish-American Literature 1
HISP 244* (3) Survey of Spanish-American Literature 2
HIST 309 (3) History of Latin America to 1825
HIST 360 (3) Latin America since 1825
LACS 497 (3) Research Seminar: Latin America and the Caribbean
POLI 319 (3) Politics of Latin America

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

18 credits selected from the Complementary Course List in consultation with the program adviser with the following requirements:

1) Courses from at least two disciplines or departments must be included.

2) At least 6 of the 18 credits must be at the 300-level or above.

3) No more than 6 credits in Spanish or Portuguese language (HISP 202D1/D2, HISP 204D1/D2, HISP 210D1/D2, HISP 218, HISP 219, HISP 220D1/D2, HISP 222) shall count for the major concentration.

Complementary Course List

Anthropology

ANTH 212 (3) Anthropology of Development
ANTH 307 (3) Andean Prehistory
ANTH 319 (3) Inka Archaeology & Ethnohistory
ANTH 326 (3) Anthropology of Latin America
ANTH 422 (3) Contemporary Latin American Culture & Society
ANTH 439 (3) Theories of Development

Economics

ECON 313 (3) Economic Development 1
ECON 314 (3) Economic Development 2

English

ENGL 321 (3) Caribbean Fiction

Geography

*Note: GEOG 404 may only count toward the requirements for this program when the topic is related to Panama.

GEOG 310 (3) Development and Livelihoods
GEOG 404* (3) Environmental Management 2
GEOG 408 (3) Geography of Development
GEOG 410 (3) Geography of Underdevelopment: Current Problems
GEOG 498 (3) Humans in Tropical Environments
GEOG 510 (3) Humid Tropical Environments

Hispanic Studies

HISP 202D1 (3) Portuguese Language: Beginners'
HISP 202D2 (3) Portuguese Language: Beginners'
HISP 204D1 (3) Portuguese Language: Intermediate
HISP 204D2 (3) Portuguese Language: Intermediate
HISP 210D1 (3) Spanish Language: Beginners'
HISP 210D2 (3) Spanish Language: Beginners'
HISP 218 (6) Spanish Language Intensive - Elementary
HISP 219 (6) Spanish Language Intensive - Intermediate
HISP 220D1 (3) Spanish Language: Intermediate
HISP 220D2 (3) Spanish Language: Intermediate
HISP 225 (3) Hispanic Civilization 1
HISP 226 (3) Hispanic Civilization 2
HISP 243 (3) Survey of Spanish-American Literature 1
HISP 244 (3) Survey of Spanish-American Literature 2
HISP 302 (3) Hispanic Literature - English Translation 2
HISP 328 (3) Literature of Ideas: Spanish America
HISP 332 (3) Spanish-American Literature of 19th Century
HISP 333 (3) Spanish-American Drama
HISP 351 (3) Spanish-American Novel 1
HISP 352 (3) Spanish-American Novel 2
HISP 356 (3) Spanish-American Short Story
HISP 358 (3) Women Writers Fiction Spanish-America
HISP 432 (3) Literature - Discovery and Exploration Spain New World
HISP 437 (3) Viceregal Spanish America
HISP 442 (3) Modernismo
HISP 453 (3) 20th Century Spanish-American Poetry
HISP 505 (3) Seminar in Hispanic Studies 01
HISP 506 (3) Seminar in Hispanic Studies 02
HISP 507 (3) Seminar in Hispanic Studies 03

History

HIST 197 (3) FYS: Race in Latin America
HIST 223 (3) Natives of the Americas
HIST 309 (3) History of Latin America to 1825
HIST 360 (3) Latin America since 1825
HIST 366 (3) Themes in Latin American History 1
HIST 409 (3) Themes in Latin American History 2
HIST 419 (3) Central America
HIST 464D1 (3) Topics: Latin American History
HIST 464D2 (3) Topics: Latin American History
HIST 480D1 (3) Capitalism and Empire: European Domination
HIST 480D2 (3) Capitalism and Empire: European Domination
HIST 580D1 (3) European and Native-American Encounters
HIST 580D2 (3) European and Native-American Encounters

Political Science

POLI 227 (3) Developing Areas/Introduction
POLI 300D1 (3) Developing Areas/Revolution
POLI 300D2 (3) Developing Areas/Revolution
POLI 319 (3) Politics of Latin America
POLI 471 (3) Democracy in the Modern World
POLI 472 (3) Developing Areas/Social Movements
POLI 473 (3) Democracy and the Market
Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours Latin American and Caribbean Studies - Area (60 credits)

The Honours Latin American and Caribbean Studies - Area option is designed to meet the needs of students who plan to attend graduate or professional school upon completion of the B.A. Both the Area option and the Thematic option provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean, upon which more specialized coursework and research may be based. The Area option, with its disciplinary clusters, is recommended for students who envision graduate study in a specific discipline, such as History or Political Science.

While the Faculty of Arts regulations require a minimum CGPA of 3.0 for Honours programs, in addition, students pursuing the Honours Latin-American and Caribbean Studies - Area option must normally maintain a B+ (3.30) average in all program courses. Students must also meet all additional Faculty of Arts requirements for graduation with Honours.

Required Courses (21 credits)

*Note: Successful completion of intermediate level Spanish (HISP 220D1/D2 or HISP 219 or equivalent) is a prerequisite for the required courses HISP 243 and HISP 244.

HISP 243* (3) Survey of Spanish-American Literature 1
HISP 244* (3) Survey of Spanish-American Literature 2
HIST 309 (3) History of Latin America to 1825
HIST 360 (3) Latin America since 1825
LACS 497 (3) Research Seminar: Latin America and the Caribbean
LACS 498 (3) Independent Research Project
POLI 319 (3) Politics of Latin America

Complementary Courses (39 credits)

39 credits selected from the Complementary Course List in consultation with the program adviser with the following requirements.

1) 12 credits must be taken in Spanish or Portuguese.

2) 27 additional credits on Latin America and the Caribbean (exclusive of language courses).

3) A minimum of 15 of these 27 credits must be taken in one of the following disciplinary clusters, which may also include up to 6 credits of theoretical and/or methodological courses of particular relevance to the student's research interests: Cluster 1 - Literature and Culture; Cluster 2 - Economics, History, and Political Science; Cluster 3 - Anthropology and Geography.

Complementary Course List

Hispanic Studies - Languages

HISP 202D1 (3) Portuguese Language: Beginners'
HISP 202D2 (3) Portuguese Language: Beginners'
HISP 204D1 (3) Portuguese Language: Intermediate
HISP 204D2 (3) Portuguese Language: Intermediate
HISP 210D1 (3) Spanish Language: Beginners'
HISP 210D2 (3) Spanish Language: Beginners'
HISP 218 (6) Spanish Language Intensive - Elementary
HISP 219 (6) Spanish Language Intensive - Intermediate
HISP 220D1 (3) Spanish Language: Intermediate
HISP 220D2 (3) Spanish Language: Intermediate

Cluster 1: Literature and Culture - Hispanic Studies

HISP 225 (3) Hispanic Civilization 1
HISP 226 (3) Hispanic Civilization 2
HISP 243 (3) Survey of Spanish-American Literature 1
HISP 244 (3) Survey of Spanish-American Literature 2
HISP 302 (3) Hispanic Literature - English Translation 2
HISP 328 (3) Literature of Ideas: Spanish America
HISP 332 (3) Spanish-American Literature of 19th Century
HISP 333 (3) Spanish-American Drama
HISP 351 (3) Spanish-American Novel 1
HISP 352 (3) Spanish-American Novel 2
HISP 356 (3) Spanish-American Short Story
HISP 358 (3) Women Writers Fiction Spanish-America
HISP 432 (3) Literature - Discovery and Exploration Spain New World
HISP 437 (3) Viceregal Spanish America
HISP 442 (3) Modernismo
HISP 453 (3) 20th Century Spanish-American Poetry
HISP 505 (3) Seminar in Hispanic Studies 01
HISP 506 (3) Seminar in Hispanic Studies 02
HISP 507 (3) Seminar in Hispanic Studies 03

Cluster 1: Literature and Culture - Other Departments

ENGL 321 (3) Caribbean Fiction

Cluster 2: Economics, History, and Political Science

ECON 313 (3) Economic Development 1
ECON 314 (3) Economic Development 2
HIST 197 (3) FYS: Race in Latin America
HIST 223 (3) Natives of the Americas
HIST 309 (3) History of Latin America to 1825
HIST 360 (3) Latin America since 1825
HIST 366 (3) Themes in Latin American History 1
HIST 409 (3) Themes in Latin American History 2
HIST 419 (3) Central America
HIST 464D1 (3) Topics: Latin American History
HIST 464D2 (3) Topics: Latin American History
HIST 480D1 (3) Capitalism and Empire: European Domination
HIST 480D2 (3) Capitalism and Empire: European Domination
HIST 580D1 (3) European and Native-American Encounters
HIST 580D2 (3) European and Native-American Encounters
POLI 227 (3) Developing Areas/Introduction
POLI 300D1 (3) Developing Areas/Revolution
POLI 300D2 (3) Developing Areas/Revolution
POLI 319 (3) Politics of Latin America
POLI 471 (3) Democracy in the Modern World
POLI 472 (3) Developing Areas/Social Movements
POLI 473 (3) Democracy and the Market

Cluster 3: Anthropology and Geography

*Note: GEOG 404 may only count toward the requirements for this program when the topic is related to Panama.

ANTH 212 (3) Anthropology of Development
ANTH 307 (3) Andean Prehistory
ANTH 319 (3) Inka Archaeology & Ethnohistory
ANTH 326 (3) Anthropology of Latin America
ANTH 422 (3) Contemporary Latin American Culture & Society
ANTH 439 (3) Theories of Development
GEOG 310 (3) Development and Livelihoods
GEOG 404* (3) Environmental Management 2
GEOG 408 (3) Geography of Development
GEOG 410 (3) Geography of Underdevelopment: Current Problems
GEOG 498 (3) Humans in Tropical Environments
GEOG 510 (3) Humid Tropical Environments
Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours Latin American and Caribbean Studies - Thematic (60 credits)

The Honours Latin-American and Caribbean Studies - Thematic option permits highly motivated students to combine the study of Latin America and the Caribbean with a theme or intellectual focus whose roots extend beyond the geographic confines of this area, and for which a high level of methodological and/or theoretical expertise is required.

Themes of study may include, but are not limited to: ethnography and ethnohistory; the age of European expansion; transnationalism; the concepts and practice of law and justice; nationalism and nation-building; ecology and the management of human and natural resources.

While the Faculty of Arts regulations require a minimum CGPA of 3.0 for Honours programs, in addition, students pursuing the Honours Latin-American and Caribbean Studies - Thematic option must normally maintain a B+ (3.30) average in all program courses. Students must also meet all additional Faculty of Arts requirements for graduation with Honours.

Required Courses (21 credits)

*Note: Successful completion of intermediate level Spanish (HISP 220D1/D2 or HISP 219 or equivalent) is a prequisite for the required courses HISP 243 and HISP 244.

HISP 243* (3) Survey of Spanish-American Literature 1
HISP 244* (3) Survey of Spanish-American Literature 2
HIST 309 (3) History of Latin America to 1825
HIST 360 (3) Latin America since 1825
LACS 497 (3) Research Seminar: Latin America and the Caribbean
LACS 498 (3) Independent Research Project
POLI 319 (3) Politics of Latin America

Complementary Courses (39 credits)

39 credits selected in consultation with the program adviser with the following requirements.

1) 12 credits must be taken in Spanish or Portuguese (see the courses under the heading "Hispanic Studies" in the Complementary Course List).

2) 12 credits on Latin America and the Caribbean (exclusive of language courses) selected from the Complementary Course List.

3) 15 credits from outside the Complementary Course List, within a coherent theme of specialization.

Complementary Course List

Anthropology

ANTH 212 (3) Anthropology of Development
ANTH 307 (3) Andean Prehistory
ANTH 319 (3) Inka Archaeology & Ethnohistory
ANTH 326 (3) Anthropology of Latin America
ANTH 422 (3) Contemporary Latin American Culture & Society
ANTH 439 (3) Theories of Development

Economics

ECON 313 (3) Economic Development 1
ECON 314 (3) Economic Development 2

English

ENGL 321 (3) Caribbean Fiction

Geography

*Note: GEOG 404 may only count toward the requirements for this program when the topic is related to Panama.

GEOG 310 (3) Development and Livelihoods
GEOG 404* (3) Environmental Management 2
GEOG 408 (3) Geography of Development
GEOG 410 (3) Geography of Underdevelopment: Current Problems
GEOG 498 (3) Humans in Tropical Environments
GEOG 510 (3) Humid Tropical Environments

Hispanic Studies

HISP 202D1 (3) Portuguese Language: Beginners'
HISP 202D2 (3) Portuguese Language: Beginners'
HISP 204D1 (3) Portuguese Language: Intermediate
HISP 204D2 (3) Portuguese Language: Intermediate
HISP 210D1 (3) Spanish Language: Beginners'
HISP 210D2 (3) Spanish Language: Beginners'
HISP 218 (6) Spanish Language Intensive - Elementary
HISP 219 (6) Spanish Language Intensive - Intermediate
HISP 220D1 (3) Spanish Language: Intermediate
HISP 220D2 (3) Spanish Language: Intermediate
HISP 225 (3) Hispanic Civilization 1
HISP 226 (3) Hispanic Civilization 2
HISP 243 (3) Survey of Spanish-American Literature 1
HISP 244 (3) Survey of Spanish-American Literature 2
HISP 302 (3) Hispanic Literature - English Translation 2
HISP 328 (3) Literature of Ideas: Spanish America
HISP 332 (3) Spanish-American Literature of 19th Century
HISP 333 (3) Spanish-American Drama
HISP 351 (3) Spanish-American Novel 1
HISP 352 (3) Spanish-American Novel 2
HISP 356 (3) Spanish-American Short Story
HISP 358 (3) Women Writers Fiction Spanish-America
HISP 432 (3) Literature - Discovery and Exploration Spain New World
HISP 437 (3) Viceregal Spanish America
HISP 442 (3) Modernismo
HISP 453 (3) 20th Century Spanish-American Poetry
HISP 505 (3) Seminar in Hispanic Studies 01
HISP 506 (3) Seminar in Hispanic Studies 02
HISP 507 (3) Seminar in Hispanic Studies 03

History

HIST 197 (3) FYS: Race in Latin America
HIST 223 (3) Natives of the Americas
HIST 309 (3) History of Latin America to 1825
HIST 360 (3) Latin America since 1825
HIST 366 (3) Themes in Latin American History 1
HIST 409 (3) Themes in Latin American History 2
HIST 419 (3) Central America
HIST 464D1 (3) Topics: Latin American History
HIST 464D2 (3) Topics: Latin American History
HIST 480D1 (3) Capitalism and Empire: European Domination
HIST 480D2 (3) Capitalism and Empire: European Domination
HIST 580D1 (3) European and Native-American Encounters
HIST 580D2 (3) European and Native-American Encounters

Political Science

POLI 227 (3) Developing Areas/Introduction
POLI 300D1 (3) Developing Areas/Revolution
POLI 300D2 (3) Developing Areas/Revolution
POLI 319 (3) Politics of Latin America
POLI 471 (3) Democracy in the Modern World
POLI 472 (3) Developing Areas/Social Movements
POLI 473 (3) Democracy and the Market
Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Latin-American and Caribbean Studies (LACS)

Location

Location

  • Institute for the Study of International Development
  • Peterson Hall
  • 3460 McTavish Street, Room 126
  • Montreal, Quebec H3A 1X9
  • Telephone: 514-398-4804
  • Fax: 514-398-2786
  • Email: ids [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/lacs
  • Adviser:
  • Lisa Stanischewski

About Latin-American and Caribbean Studies

About Latin-American and Caribbean Studies

Established in 1971, the interdisciplinary Program in Latin-American and Caribbean Studies offers a comprehensive array of courses on the peoples, cultures, history, literature, politics, economy and geography of Latin America and the Caribbean, providing students with a broad-based understanding of this geographic region, and with the language and research skills required for advanced scholarship. The program in Latin-American and Caribbean Studies encourages the free exchange of ideas and perspectives in order to foster an environment suitable for serious reflection and critical analysis.

Students in the Program in Latin-American and Caribbean Studies are encouraged to consider the opportunities for foreign study and research made available by bilateral exchange agreements with leading universities in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world. These exchanges are open to all members of the McGill University community. Further information may be obtained from the Student Exchange and Study Abroad Office, James Administration Building. ( Note that this office will be moving in Summer 2010. See http://www.mcgill.ca/students for details.)

An agreement of cooperation with the Center for Latin American Studies at Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.) permits Honours students in Latin-American and Caribbean Studies at McGill to count a portion of their undergraduate coursework toward the degree requirements for Georgetown's M.A. in Latin American Studies, thus permitting completion of the M.A. in one calendar year. See the Program Adviser for additional information.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Undergraduate Degree Programs

The program in Latin-American and Caribbean Studies offers an interdisciplinary Honours degree and an interdisciplinary Major Concentration as part of the Multi-track B.A. in Arts. Given the constraints of the Multi-track B.A. and our belief that an interdisciplinary program of area studies must include within it the language(s) used by the peoples and cultures under examination, there is at present no interdisciplinary Minor Concentration in Latin-American and Caribbean Studies.

Faculty: 
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)