Central American Studies

Standard Major

Option I: Standard Major (45 Units)

1. Lower-division Required Courses (12 Units)

Select one of the following:

  • RS 100 Introduction to Central American Studies (3)
  • CAS 100 Introduction to Central American Studies (3)
  • CAS 102 The Salvadoran Experience (3)

Required Courses:

  • CAS 201 Survey of Central American Literature (3)
  • CAS 202 Survey of Central American Visual, Installation, and Performance Arts (3)
  • CAS 270 Fieldwork in Central American Communities (3)

2. Lower-division Electives (3 Units)

Select one of the following:

  • ART 112 History of Non-Western Art (3)
  • CHS 202 Race, Racism, and Critical Thinking (3)
  • CHS 280 Workshop in Minority Writing (3)
  • PAS 274 History of Caribbean Societies since 1830s (3)
  • PAS 282 African Religion in the New World (3)
  • URBS 250 Planning the Multiethnic City (3)

3. Upper-division Requirements (21 Units)

Select 7 of the following courses:

  • CAS 303 Central American Film (3)
  • CAS 309 Ancient to Pre-Modern History of Central American Peoples (3)
  • CAS 310 Modern History of Central American Peoples (3)
  • CAS 311 The Central American Diaspora (3)
  • CAS 350 Urbanization in Central America (3)
  • CAS 355 Environment, Development and Social Exclusion in Central America (3)
  • CAS 356 Afro-Caribbean Central American Cultures and Identities (3)
  • CAS 364 Culture and Violence in Central America (3)
  • CAS 365 Changing Roles of Central American Women (3)
  • CAS 366 Contemporary Indigenous People of Central America (3)
  • CAS 367 Contemporary Religious Movements of Central America (3)
  • CAS 368 Central American Revolutionary Movements (3)
  • CAS 369 Contemporary Social Movements of Central America (3)

Upper-division Electives (6 Units)

Select two of the following:

  • ANTH 353 The Maya: Ancient and Modern (3)
  • ANTH 428 Archeology of Mesoamerica (3)
  • ART 403 History of Latin American Art (3)
  • CHS 381 Contemporary Chicana Writers (3)
  • ENG 487 Latino/a Literatures of the Americas (3)
  • GEOG 350 Metropolitan Los Angeles (3)
  • GEOG 322 Latin America (3)
  • HIST 463 20th Century Latin American History (3)
  • HIST 468 Social and Intellectual History of Latin America (3)
  • HIST 485B The United States and Latin America since 1989 (3)
  • SPAN 380 Latin American Civilization (3)
  • PAS 376 African Enslavement in the New World (3)
  • PAS 465 Pan Africanism: Development of an Ideology, 1865-1954 (3)
  • PAS 487 Pan African Philosophical Thought (3)
  • POLS 332 Politics of Latin America (3)
  • POLS 433A Politics of Central America (3)
  • URBS 380 Los Angeles: Past, Present, Future (3)

5. Central American Studies Seminar (3 Units)

Select one of the following:

  • CAS 421 Seminar on Central American Literature (3)
  • CAS 440 Seminar on Central American Culture (3)
  • CAS 460 Seminar on Central American Politics (3)
  • Total units required for the B.A. in Central American Studies: 45
  • GENERAL EDUCATION UNITS: 48
  • ADDITIONAL UNITS: 27
  • TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 120