Student Learning Outcomes

BA in Latin American Studies

1: Students will develop an understanding of the history and current state of the field of Latin American Studies, and broad knowledge of the history and geography of the region.

2: Students will acquire the ability to identify arguments and evaluate them critically, and to distinguish between facts, interpretations and opinions, and falsehoods.

3: Students will develop research and information literacy skills, and become familiarized with the qualitative and quantitative methodologies that are utilized by the diverse disciplines that contribute to the field of Latin American Studies.

4: Students will acquire the ability to communicate knowledge, interpretations, and arguments clearly in written and oral form.

5: Students will develop the ability to communicate competently in Spanish or another language from Latin America.

6: Students will develop capacities for community engagement and life-long learning, and the desire to act as socially responsible citizens of the Americas.

MA in Latin American Studies

1: Students will develop a deep understanding of the history and current state of the field of Latin American Studies, and acquire substantive knowledge of the history and geography of the region.

2: Students will develop the ability to analyze the major economic, social, and political processes that have shaped the lives of Latin Americans and Latinos in the U.S., using a variety of qualitative and quantitative research tools and methodologies.

3: Students will acquire the ability to produce written work that reflects original research or project development (thesis or project), or that synthesizes important scholarship in the field of Latin American Studies (comprehensive exams), and to present an oral defense of their work.

4: Students will acquire experience with professional activities, such as conference presentations and scholarship, grant, and doctoral program applications.

5: Students will develop a capacity for critical thinking and life-long learning, and a desire to act as socially responsible citizens of the Americas.