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:

  • AAS 201 Race, Racism and Critical Thinking (3)
  • AFRS 204 Race and Critical Thinking (3)
  • AFRS 252 Popular Culture and the Black World (3)
  • ART 112 History of Non-Western Art (3)
  • CHS 202 Race, Racism, and Critical Thinking (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)
  • CAS 410 Central American Child (3)

Upper-division Electives (6 Units)

Select two of the following:

  • ANTH 351 Peoples of Middle America (3)
  • COMS 356 Intercultural Communication (3)
  • GEOG 322 Latin America (3)
  • GEOG 350 Metropolitan Los Angeles (3)
  • GWS 351 Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality (3)
  • HIST 463 20th Century Latin American History (3)
  • JOUR 372 Diversity and the Media (3)
  • POLS 332 Politics of Latin America (3)
  • QS 302 LA in Transit: Communities, Organizations, and Politics (3)
  • SPAN 380 Latin American Civilization (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