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Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latino Studies
 

Vendedora de Flores Undergraduate Programs

For program information, please contact:

Fernando Leiva, Ph.D.
518/ 442-4891
518/ 442-4790 fax
www.albany.edu/lacs
Fleiva@albany.edu

The Department of Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies has a large cross-disciplinary faculty and is prepared to train undergraduates for research, service, and applied careers dealing with the U.S. Hispanic communities and with the vast Caribbean and Latin American regions.


Page Contents

Undergraduate Academic Major

Minor in Latin American Studies Requirements

Minor in U.S. Latino Studies Requirements

Minor in Globalization in the Americas Requirements (New)

The BA/MBA Requirements

Courses in LACS

Honors Program


Degree Requirements for the Major in Latin American Studies

Vegigantes Fiestas PatronaGeneral Program B.A.: A minimum of 36 credits, 12 of which must be at or above the 300 level, as follows:

Introduction (3 cr.): A Lcs 100 or 100Z or 145.

Latin America and the Caribbean (3 cr.): A Lcs 102 or 269 or 360 or 405.

Latin America and Puerto Rico (3 cr.): A Lcs 150 or 150Z.

Latinos in the United States (3 cr.): A Lcs 201 or 302.

Social Science Requirements (3 cr.): A Lcs 233 or 250 or 354/354Z or 357 or 361.

Humanities and Fine Arts Requirement (3 cr.): A Lcs 216L/216E or 230 or 268L or 312 or 315 or 316 or 317 or 318 or 319 or 326 or 327/327Z or 414.

Race, Gender and Ethnicity (3 cr.): A Lcs 240 or 282M or 451.

Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (3 cr.): A Lcs 400.

Electives with Latin American or Caribbean content as advised (12 cr.).

Reading proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, or French to be demonstrated by appropriate course work or a language proficiency examination.

Note: There are two ways to satisfy this requirement. The first is to take a written examination, administered by the LACS Department, which assesses reading competency in the chosen language. There is no credit given with this examination, so students who select it must take an additional three credits of electives to complete the 36 credit major. The second option is to satisfactorily complete a 300 (or above) course taught in Spanish or Portuguese. These credits would be applied toward the major. For this option, the course must not count toward another requirement in the major.

Puerto RicoDegree Requirements for the Major in Puerto Rican Studies

General Program B.A.: A total of 36 credits, 12 of which must be at or above the 300 level, as follows:

Core Courses on Puerto Rico (9 cr.): A Lcs 150 or 150Z, 329 and 429.
Puerto Rico and the Caribbean (9 cr.): A Lcs 102, 269 and 405.
Puerto Rico and Latin America (3 cr.): A Lcs 100/100Z or 145 or 357 or 361.
Race, Gender and Ethnicity (3 cr.): A Lcs 201 or 240 or 282M or 302 or 451.

Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (3 cr.): A Lcs 400.
LCS Electives (9 credits).

Reading proficiency in Spanish demonstrated by appropriate course work or language
proficiency examination.

NOTE: There are two ways to satisfy this requirement. The first is to take a written examination, administered by the LACS Department, which assesses reading competency in the chosen language. There is no credit given with this examination, so students who select it must take an additional three credits of electives to complete the 36 credit major. The second option is to satisfactorily complete a 300 (or above) course taught in Spanish. These credits would be applied toward the major. For this option, the course must not count toward another requirement in the major.

Reading Proficiency: Spanish

Gomez PaintingThe department will handle administration of the proficiency examinations. The intent is for the student to acquire reading proficiency, and eventually, although not required in the program, speaking proficiency. The examination will consist of translations of selected passages in the appropriate language.

Students can build proficiency through completion of the appropriate reading courses in Spanish. Students are also encouraged to use appropriate materials and media in the Interactive Media Center in the University Library and/or the Center for Language Learning and Research ( C.E.L.L.A.R. ) to build their reading skills. Students should contact the undergraduate program director, Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies for more details.

Minor in Latin American Studies

A minimum of 18 graduation credits (9 or more of which must be in course work at or
above the 300 level) to include:

A Lcs 100 or 100Z
3 credits
A Lcs 150 or 150Z, 201 or 302
3 credits
A Lcs 102 or 269
3 credits
and 9 additional credits in course work with an A Lcs prefix
9 credits
Total
18 credits

Minor in U.S. Latino Studies

Minor in Globalization in the Americas

A minimum of 18 graduation credits.

The requirements include the following: 9 credits of required courses (Lcs 100/His140, Lcs 201, Lcs/Aas/Ant 269, Cas 103 or Lcs/ Soc 223). The final 9 credits must be in course work at or above the 300 level and may be chosen from among the following: Lcs/Pos 349, Lcs/Pos 357, Lcs 358, Lcs 359, Lcs 374, Lcs/Eco 361, Lcs 410, Lcs/His/Wss 451, Lcs 475, Lcs/Soc 348.

The BA/MBA Five-Year Latin American and Caribbean Studies/Business Administration Degree Program

An Early Admission Option Leading to a Masters of Business Administration

Effective for those students who matriculate as Freshmen at the University at Albany in August 1996 and thereafter.

Curriculum Specifications:

FRESHMAN YEAR

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
Spn 103L 4 Spn 104 L 3
Lcs 102 2 Lcs 100Z 3
Eco 110M 3 Eco 111M 3
Psy 101M 3 Soc 115M 3
GenEd "N" 3 Lcs 216 L 3
Total credits  16 Total credits 15

Total credits - first year 31

SOPHOMORE YEAR *

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
Spn 206 3 Spn 207 3
Lcs 150 3 Lcs/Gog 250 3
GenEd "HD" 3 Lcs 201 3
Msi 215 3 Mat 108 3
Lcs 240 3 Lcs 233 3
Total credits 15 Total credits 15

Total credits - second year 30


*At the end of the Sophomore year, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies majors interested in this program apply through the School of Business Office of Student Services, BA 361. Applicants must have a cumulative University at Albany GPA of at least 3.3 and a minimum grade of "B" in Eco 110M and 111M in order to waive Fin 515. If a final grade of "B" is not received in Eco 110M and 111M, then the student will have to take Fin 515 in the Fall of their fourth year.

MODULE A: Designed for students with elementary knowledge (equivalent Spn 100, Spn 10) or Spanish.

JUNIOR YEAR ABROAD

(at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico or the University of Costa Rica)

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
Lcs 319 / Spn 320   Lcs 403  
Lcs 300 - 400 elective Lcs 302
Total credits 15 Total credits 15

Total credits- third year 30

NOTE: Students are encouraged to take at least one 300-level Spanish language or literature course in their first semester. A 3 credit course yielding Cultural and Historical Perspective credit must be completed as well as 15 other Liberal Arts and Sciences credits for a total of 30 credits. Nine of these credits must be electives with Latin American or Caribbean content as advised. Also, there must be an upper level writing intensive course taken before graduation.

JUNIOR YEAR

At the end of the Junior year, students must have completed all the courses to fulfill the requirements of the major in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

JUNIOR YEAR

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
Lcs 319 / Spn 320 3 Lcs 403 3
Lcs 400 3 Lcs 302 3
Lcs / Pos 357 3 Lcs / Gog 354 3
Lcs / His 369 3 Lcs/ Wss 451 or Lcs 405
Lcs 282M 3 Lcs 497 3
Total credits 15 Total credits 15

Total credits- third year 30

At the end of the Junior year, students must have completed all the courses to fulfill the requirements of the major in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

SENIOR YEAR

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
Msi 512 (1 st Q) 2 Msi 521 (3 rd Q) 2
Mgt 513a (1 st Q) 2 Fin 525 (3 rd Q) 3
Mgt 513b (1 st Q) 1 Msi 520 (4 th Q) 3
Msi 511 (2 nd Q) 2 Bus 524 (4 th Q) 1
Mgt 514 (2 nd Q) 3 Mkt 522 (3 rd Q) 4
Acc 517 (2 nd Q) 3 Mgt 523 (4 th Q) 1
Liberal Arts Elective * 3 Mgt 600 (4 th Q) 1
Total credits 16 Total credits 15
Total credits- fourth year 31

Note: You must apply to graduate in January and receive your degree as of May before you can enter the Fifth Year.

FIFTH YEAR

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
Field Project/ Practicum 3 Field Project/ Practicum 3
Concentration 6 Concentration 6
Electives 3 Electives 3
Strategic Management 3    
Total credits 15 Total credits 12
Total credits- fifth year 27

Notes on waiving courses:

Must receive a final grade of at least "B" in Eco 110M and Eco 111M to waive Fin 515. Must receive a final grade of at least "B" in Acc 211 to waive Acc 516. Must have familiarity with microcomputer software (specifically spreadsheets) such as LOTUS 1-2-3, EXCEL, QUATRO PRO, and other windows applications to waive Msi 510 (computer skills).

Notes:

Students must have completed 120 credits by the end of the senior year (90 of which must be in Liberal Arts and Sciences courses) and receive your BA degree by August before entering the fifth year. (Business School courses listed in this program are not Liberal Arts and Sciences courses.) An upper level writing intensive courses and all general education requirements must also be completed by the end of the Senior year.

During the fall of the senior year, students in this program must take the GMAT exam and present an acceptable score (at least 500).

Your commutative GPA at the end of your senior year must be at least 3.0 to continue in this program.

All School of Business, economics, statistics, computer science courses must be done at the University at Albany after matriculation.

Information from the University at Albany School of Business

 

 


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