The information listed below is a direct excerpt from the 2013-14 Course Catalog.
Published annually, the Course Catalog sets out the requirements of the academic programs--the majors, minors, and concentrations. Each Bryn Mawr student must declare her major before the end of her sophomore year. Students may also declare a minor or a concentration, but neither is required for the A.B. degree. Students must comply with the requirements published in the Course Catalog at the time when they declare the major, minor and/or concentration.
The Course Catalog also sets out the College requirements. Students must comply with the College requirements published at the time they enter Bryn Mawr College.
Students may complete a concentration in Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Peoples and Cultures.
Latin American, Latino and Iberian peoples, histories, and cultures have represented both central agents and crucibles of transformations across the entire world for millennia. Global histories and local experiences of colonization, migration, exchange, and revolution allow students and faculty to construct a critical framework of analysis and to explore these dynamic worlds, their peoples and cultures, across many disciplines.
As a concentration, such study must be based in a major in another department, generally Spanish, Cities, History, History of Art, Political Science, or Sociology (exceptions can be made in consultation with the major and concentration adviser). To fulfill requirements, the student must complete the introductory course, GNST 245 Introduction to Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Culture or the equivalent course at Haverford (SPAN 240). They should then plan advanced courses in language, affiliated fields and the major that lead to a final project in the major that relates closely to themes of the concentration. One semester of study abroad is strongly encouraged in the concentration and students may complete some requirements with appropriately selected courses in many Junior Year Abroad (JYA) programs. The student also must show competence in one of the languages of the peoples of Iberia or Latin America. Students are admitted into the concentration at the end of their sophomore year after submission of a plan of study worked out in consultation with the major department and the LALIPC coordinator. Students should keep in touch with the coordinator as they develop major projects in these areas.
Competence in a language spoken by significant collectives of Iberian or Latin American peoples to be achieved no later than junior year. This competence may be attested by a score of at least 690 on the Spanish Achievement test of the College Entrance Examination Board or by completion of a 200-level course with a merit grade. Faculty will work with students to assess languages not regularly taught in the Tri-Co, including Portuguese, Catalan, and other languages.
GNST B245/ HC SPAN 240 as a gateway course in the first or second year. The student should also take at least five other courses selected in consultation with the program coordinator, at least one of which must be at the 300 level. One of these classes may be cross-listed with the major; up to two may be completed in JYA.
A long paper or an independent project dealing with Iberian, Latin American, or Latina/o issues, to be completed during the junior year in a course in the major or concentration and to be read by the LALIPC coordinator.
A senior essay/long paper dealing with some issue relevant to the concentration should be completed in the major and read by one faculty member participating in the concentration. All senior concentrators will present their research within the context of some LALIPC student-faculty forum as well.
JYA provides both classes and experience in language, society, and culture that are central to the concentration. Students interested in JYA programs in the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, and the Caribbean should consult with both their major adviser and the concentration coordinator in order to make informed choices. We will also work with students to identify programs that may allow them to work with languages not regularly taught in the Tri-Co, especially Portuguese.