Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Spanish and Latin American Studies (SLAS)

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers a minor in Spanish and Latin American Studies.

If your focus lies in Latin America, the Spanish and Latin American Studies minor would complement your major plan. The SLAS Minor Plan provides students an interdisciplinary element which is not strictly limited to literature, film and culture. This Plan involves two years of language study in addition to option courses  from within the Department and/or other academic units across campus. Option courses include advanced language, literature, culture, art, economics, film, gender, geography, global development, history, political studies and sociology.  Students have a variety of ways in which to complete their Plan which could complement their Major and improve future employment opportunities by choosing additional language acquisition courses, literature and culture courses within the language, courses from a particular discipline, or a combination that will give the student a varied perspective on Latin America. 

You can also consider spending a semester or two in a Spanish speaking country. The Department offers a few scholarships that can support the financial side of your time abroad.

SLAS Minor

Minor in Spanish and Latin American Studies

Consists of 30. 0 units. The Plan, in combination with a Major Plan in another subject and with sufficient electives, will lead to an Honours Bachelors Degree.

CORE COURSES ( 12.0 units)

A. 6.0 units from SPAN 111/3.0 and SPAN 112/3.0
B. 6.0 units from SPAN 204/3.0 and SPAN 205/3.0

OPTION COURSES (18.0 units):

A. 18.0 units from SLAS_Options_A; SLAS_Options_B

Please note: The following list contains courses offered through several Departments. Students are encouraged to consult course outlines and course descriptions for more information. In accordance with Academic Regulation 2.5 (Access to Classes), students do not have enrolment priority in all of these courses. Access to courses at the 300 and 400 level may only be available to students who are completing a Major Plan in the corresponding discipline.

Options in the Spanish and Latin American Studies Plan, List A:
LLCU 110/3.0, LLCU 111/3.0, LLCU 209/3.0;LLCU 244/3.0,  LLCU 248/3.0; LLCU 249/3.0, LLCU 301/3.0, LLCU 328/3.0;
PORT 103/3.0, PORT 104/3.0,
SPAN 301/3.0; SPAN 302/3.0;SPAN 306/3.0; SPAN 351/3.0; SPAN 352/3.0: SPAN 354/3.0, SPAN 428/3.0; SPAN 458/3.0

Option in the Spanish and Latin American Studies Plan, List B:
ARTH 272/3.0
DEVS 305/6.0
ECON 239/3.0; ECON 325/3.0; ECON 426/3.0
FILM 326/3.0; FILM 337/3.0; FILM 337/3.0; FILM 425/3.0; FILM 435/3.0
GNDS 212/3.0; GNDS 330/3.0
GPHY 254/3.0; GPHY 257/3.0: GPHY 257/3.0; GPHY 258/3.0; GPHY 365/3.0
HIST 285/3.0; HIST 286/3.0
POLS 342/3.0
SOCY 225/3.0

Notes: The courses chosen must not duplicate work already completed either in university or pre-university study. If a student enters the program with advanced language/grammar knowledge or speaks Spanish at the near-native level, the student is exempted from taking the language and grammar courses ( Span P10- SPAN 205). These would be replaced with courses from the option courses lists A and/or B.

Some courses in SLA Option courses list B may or may not cover topics directly involving Spanish and Latin American Studies, although students may approach instructors to see of assignments or papers could be written from this perspective.

Plan Pathways

SLAS is an interdisciplinary Plan and can be completed by taking course from other subjects.  Students can take a variety of courses, depending on what else they are studying, where their interest lie and where they already have the prerequisites for higher level study.

Here are a few examples on how to complete a minor Plan in Spanish and Latin American Studies:

Pathway A: Language and Literature focused:

Year 1: SPAN 111/3.0 and SPAN 112/3.0
Year 2: SPAN 204/3.0 and SPAN 205/3.0
Year 3: SPAN 301/3.0; SPAN 302/3.0 and SPAN 351/3.0
Year 4: SPAN 306/3.0; SPAN 352/3.0 and SPAN 354/3.0

This pathway works well for students aiming at achieving an advanced competency in Spanish and are interested in the literary works of the Latin American counties.

Pathway B: Language and Culture focused:

Year 1: SPAN 111/3.0 and SPAN 112/3.0
Year 2: SPAN 204/3.0 and SPAN 205/3.0; LLCU 248
Year 3: SPAN 301/3.0; SPAN 302/3.0; LLCU 209
Year 4: SPAN 428/3.0 and SPAN 458/3.0

This pathway works well for students aiming at achieving an advanced competency in Spanish and are interested in the cultural differences and worlds of the Latin American countries.

Pathway C: Economics focused:

Year 1: SPAN 111/3.0 and SPAN 112/3.0
Year 2: SPAN 204/3.0 and SPAN 205/3.0; LLCU 248/3.0
Year 3: SPAN 301/3.0; ECON 239/3.0; ECON 325/3.0;
Year 4: SPAN 302/3.0; ECON 426/3.0

This pathway works well for students interested in the economical situation of the Latin American world.

Pathway D: Film Studies focused:

Year 1: SPAN 111/3.0 and SPAN 112/3.0
Year 2: SPAN 204/3.0 and SPAN 205/3.0; LLCU 248/3.0
Year 3: FILM 326/3.0; FILM 337/3.0; LLCU 209/3.0
Year 4: FILM 425/3.0; FILM 435/3.0

This pathway works well for students whose interests lie in the Latin American film achievements.

Pathway E: Geography focused:

Year 1: SPAN 111/3.0 and SPAN 112/3.0
Year 2: SPAN 204/3.0 and SPAN 205/3.0; LLCU 248/3.0
Year 3: GPHY 254/3.0; GPHY 257/3.0; LLCU 209/3.0
Year 4: GPHY 258/3.0 and GPHY 365/3.0

This pathway works well who are interested in the geographical issues of the Latin American world.