LAS Courses

LAS110 - Topics in Inter-American Affairs (3 cr.)

As the curriculum core of the North Country High School Model Organization of American States, this course will examine the broad range of problems and issues currently facing the nations and peoples of the Americas. It will involve interdisciplinary, participatory, cooperative learning for high school and college students, including representing a country at a simulated model assembly on campus at the end of May or 1st of June. May be taken twice as different countries are represented. (Spring). Liberal arts.

LAS111 - Introduction to Latin America (3 cr.)

A survey of Latin America from the perspectives of its past, its present and its external relations, including history, geography, social structure and groupings, politics, economy and artistic culture. (Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer). Liberal arts.

LAS199 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

LAS299 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

LAS304 - Sustainable Communities and Cultural Studies in Southern Mexico (4 cr.)

Students will consider philosophies, theories, and aspects of development and community, especially from indigenous perspectives. Includes meetings with nongovernmental organizations and community activists, as well as fieldtrips to communities and project sites. Enrollment limited to students participating in the Oaxaca Study Abroad Program. Course is bilingual, English-Spanish. (Fall). Liberal arts. Corequisite: SPA213 or higher. Prerequisite: SPA112 or equivalent.

LAS334 - Ethnography in Southern Mexico (4 cr.)

Classroom instruction in ethnographic techniques combined with extended field trip throughout the rural region of Southern Mexico, including Chiapas and Oaxaca, visiting a variety of environments (cloud forest, rain forest, Pacific coast mangrove regions, coffee-growing highlands), communities and indigenous peoples. Independent residence in rural indigenous community for ethnographic research. Enrollment limited to students participating in the Southern Mexico Program. SOC334 and LAS334 are bilingual, English and Spanish. SPA334 fieldwork and written work are in Spanish. (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites for LAS334 and SOC334: SPA214, SOC304/LAS304. Prerequisites for SPA334: SPA315, SOC304/LAS304, or POI.

LAS344 - Seminar (3 cr.)

A multidisciplinary review of 20th century Latin America, with focus on inter-American relations and on one selected country, the capstone course for all LAS majors and minors. Approved AWR. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: ENG101, junior standing or POI.

LAS345 - Latinos/as in the United States (3 cr.)

This course enhances students' understanding of the diverse populations originating in Latin America and residing in the U.S. in relation to global economic changes, the immigration process, assimilation patterns, ethnic mobilization, and their needs in the areas of education, health, and social services. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: LAS111 or POI.

LAS350 - The Global Economy in Latin America: Industry, Labor and the Environment (3 cr.)

An exploration of the global economic forces that are shaping the contemporary living and labor conditions of Latin Americans. Case studies from Central and South America provide students with a critical understanding of international economic relationships and the extractive, manufacturing and agricultural industries currently operating in Latin American countries. The course will consider the social, cultural, political, and environmental contexts in which these industries occur, as well as the complex socio-cultural and political changes associated with the drastic economic restructuring of a society. Liberal arts. (Fall). Prerequisites: junior standing or ANT102, BUS203, CAS111, ECO101, ENV101, HIS132, HIS162, or PSC220.

LAS399 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

LAS401 - Southern Mexico Independent Research Project (4 cr.)

Each student will design and complete an independent research project based on their individual interests and academic background. Students will draw on Program faculty and local experts specific to their topics for guidance and assistance. Enrollment limited to students participating in Southern Mexico Program. (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: SPA214; SOC304 or LAS304; SOC334 or LAS334.

LAS402 - Mexican Field Experience in Professional Settings (4 cr.)

This course, part of the minor, LAS for the Professions, places students with a school or agency in Southern Mexico, according to their majors, where they will observe the professional practice of Mexican health care, social work, or education workers. A weekly seminar supports the experience and, as appropriate, students may live with an indigenous family. (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: SPA214, LAS304, LAS334.

LAS444 - Advanced Seminar (3 cr.)

A multidisciplinary review of the twentieth-century problems and preoccupations of Latin America, the course is the capstone of the Latin American Studies curriculum and brings into final focus the political, social, cultural, economic and historical realities of the region. Approved AWR. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: ENG101, 15 hours of Latin American Studies or equivalent or POI.

LAS459 - Field Study - Organization of American States (1 to 4 cr.)

Preparation includes learning the foreign policy of a Latin American-Caribbean nation and the structure/operation of the OAS, creating resolutions, verbal argumentation, reading and abstracting documents, questioning diplomatic representatives. May be repeated. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: six credits of LAS content courses or POI.

LAS498 - Internship (3 to 15 cr.)

Advanced field work under academic supervision. The course is open to any student in the SUNY study abroad programs in Chile. Participation in the work of the Chilean Congress, the presidency, government agencies, businesses, schools, clinics, service agencies, newspapers and embassies. Liberal arts. Prerequisites: intermediate-level Spanish and by written application once enrolled in the Latin American Southern Cone Programs.

LAS499 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

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Alphabetical Listing of Curriculum Descriptions by Course Subject

A

  • Africana Studies = AAS
  • Accounting = ACC
  • Anthropology = ANT
  • Arabic = ARA
  • Art = ART
  • Asian Studies = ASI
  • Astronomy = AST

B

  • Biology = BIO
  • Business = BUS

C

  • Canadian Studies = CAS
  • Communications Disorders & Sciences = CDS
  • Consumer Economics Management = CEM
  • Chemistry = CHE
  • Counseling = CLG
  • Career Life Planning = CLP
  • Communication Studies = CMM
  • Computer Science = CSC
  • Criminal Justice = CRI

E

  • Economics = ECO
  • Education = EDU
  • Education - Administration = EDA
  • Education - Mathematics = EDM
  • Education - Reading = EDR
  • Education - Special = EDS
  • English = ENG
  • Environmental Science = ENV
  • English as a Second Language = ESL
  • Expeditionary Studies = EXP

F

  • Finance = FIN
  • Foreign Languages & Literature = FLL
  • French = FRE
  • Freshman Seminar = FRS
  • Freshman Experience = FRX

G

  • Geography = GEG
  • Gender & Women's Studies = GWS
  • Geology = GEL
  • German = GER

H

  • Health Education = HED
  • History = HIS
  • Honors = HON
  • Hotel, Restaurant, & Tourism Management = HRT
  • Human Development and Family Relations = HDF

I

  • Interdisciplinary Studies = INT
  • Italian = ITA

J

  • Journalism = JOU

L

  • Latin American Studies = LAS
  • Latin = LAT
  • Leadership = MLS
  • Library Skills = LIB
  • Language & Linguistics = LIN

M

  • Mathematics = MAT
  • Meteorology = MET
  • Military Studies = MTS
  • Management & International Business = MGM
  • Marketing & Entrepreneurship = MKE
  • Minority Studies = MNS
  • Music = MUS

N

  • Nursing = NUR
  • Nutrition = FNI

P

  • Physical Education = PED
  • Philosophy = PHI
  • Physics = PHY
  • Portuguese = POR
  • Political Science = PSC
  • Psychology = PSY

R

  • Reading = RDG
  • Recreation = REC
  • Russian = RUS

S

  • Science & Society = SCI
  • Sociology = SOC
  • Spanish = SPA
  • Social Work = SWK

T

  • Theatre = THE
  • Tutor Training = TTR