About Latin American Studies

LAST Mission Statement

 The Latin American Studies (LAST) program of California State University, Chico promotes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Latin America and offers language instruction in Spanish and Portuguese. Coursework invites students to critically analyze complex issues utilizing diverse sources, to recognize various cultural practices and worldviews, and to engage different theoretical frameworks in the humanities and social sciences. The program encourages the use of multi-media resources in the classroom and creates opportunities for collaborative learning on campus and in the community. Students are encouraged to pair the major or minor in Latin American Studies with other majors, to complete the Global Development Studies pathway minor and to explore experiential learning through study abroad in Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, or Mexico. The LAST program faculty enrich the academic experience with a multicultural perspective and create a supportive environment for students who come from diverse backgrounds. Students graduating with a degree in Latin American Studies will have the language skills and the academic and cultural preparation needed to both understand and participate in our increasingly interconnected world.

Latin American Studies SLOs

 1.   Graduates will have the ability to communicate effectively about the history, geography, political and economic systems, achievements in literature and the arts, cultural characteristics and current events of the region.

*Students can write a coherent essay on two or more of the domains above and/or make an effective oral presentation with broad regional and temporal coverage.

2.   Students will be able to read, write, understand and speak (at least at a basic level) Spanish or Portuguese.

*Students can read basic text in Spanish or Portuguese and respond orally or in writing to questions derived from that text. 

3.   Students will be able to integrate content and ideas from the different disciplines and apply this knowledge to their own investigative research. 

*Students can describe, analyze and synthesize interdisciplinary course material into a research essay.

4. Graduates will be aware of the cultural heritage and diversity among the people of the region.

*Students can describe, contrast and summarize patterns of cultural diversity and/or heritage in at least two regions of Latin America.

5.   Graduates will understand the economic, political, cultural and environmental impact of globalization on the region.

  *Students can identify, discuss and analyze the impacts of globalization on Latin America.

6.   Students will be able to view the world from more than one perspective and recognize cultural differences without a judgmental attitude.

* Students can write an essay or make an oral presentation that recognizes and compares differing worldviews and explains their significance for the people of Latin America.