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Latin American Studies, Minor

Requirements

The minor in Latin American Studies (LAS) provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary understanding of Latin American and Latino culture, history, and language.  This is particularly important for preparing UVU students to be fully competitive in the global marketplace since two of the top ten trading partners of the United States, Mexico and Brazil, are located in Latin America. Students learn to comprehend the unique geographical and historical complexities of Latin America and its place in the world, as well as the multifaceted cultural backgrounds of their fellow students whose families are from that vast area. A minor in LAS complements a diverse number of majors giving our students the opportunity to prepare for a future working with either Utah’s growing Latino population or beyond the state pursuing opportunities abroad.

Total Program Credits: 18

Matriculation Requirements:  
  1. Admitted to a bachelor degree program at UVU.
Discipline Core Requirements: 9 Credits 
  GEOG 2500 Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean 3
  HIST 204G Colonial Latin America  3
or HIST 205G Modern Latin America (3.0)  
 Complete 3 credits from the following: 3
  PORT 202G Intermediate Portuguese II (4.0)  
  SPAN 202G Intermediate Spanish II (4.0)  
  Any PORT 3000 level or higher  
  Any SPAN 3000 level or higher  
Elective Requirements: 9 Credits 
Choose 9 credits from the following: 9
  ANTH 3340  Peoples and Cultures of Mexico (3.0)  
  ANTH 3350  Andean Prehistory (3.0)  
  ANTH 3370  History and Ethnography of Andean Societies (3.0)  
  COMM 319G  Intercultural Communication Encounters  (3.0)  
  ENGL 373R  Literature of Cultures and Places  (3.0)  
  ENGL 476G  Multi-ethnic Literature in America (3.0)  
  HIST 430G  Violence and Social Conflict in Latin America (3.0)  
  MGMT 330G  Survey of International Business (3.0)  
  MGMT 332G  Cross-Cultural Communications for International Business (3.0)    
  MGMT 458R  Advanced Topics in International Business (1.0)  
  MGMT 4870  International Management (3.0)  
  MKTG 259R  Current Topics in Marketing (1.0)  
  POLS 420R  Issues and Topics in Political Science (3.0)  
  PORT 3200  Business Portuguese (3.0)  
  PORT 3430  Masterpieces of Brazilian Film (3.0)  
  PORT 352G  Brazilian Culture and Civilization (3.0)  
  PORT 3610  Brazil through Literature and Film--1500-1900 (3.0)  
  PORT 3620  Modern Brazil through Literature/Music/Film--1900-1945 (3.0)  
  PORT 3630  Post-Modern Brazil through Literature/Music/Film--1945-today (3.0)  
  PORT 490R  Special Topics in Brazilian Studies (3.0)  
  SPAN 3200  Business Spanish (3.0)  
  SPAN 3630  Spanish American Literature to 1880 (3.0)  
  SPAN 3640  Spanish American Literature from 1880 (3.0)  
  SPAN 380R  Community Engagement in Spanish (1.0)  
  SPAN 412R  Spanish for the Professions (3.0)  
  SPAN 4200  Advanced Business Spanish (3.0)  
  SPAN 460R  Topics in Hispanic Literature (3.0)  
  SPAN 4660  Contemporary Spanish American Literature (3.0)  
  SPAN 484R  Special Topics in Hispanic Studies (1.0)  
  or other advisor-approved course.  

Graduation Requirements:

  1. A minimum grade of "C" must be earned in all minor courses. *  
Footnote
* Completion of Baccalaureate Degree.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title or Text Credit Hours
GEOG 2500 Geography of Latin American and the Caribbean 3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 2 Course Title or Text Credit Hours

365体育直播投注SPAN 202G or

PORT 202G

365体育直播投注Intermediate Spanish II or higher or

Intermediate Portuguese II or higher
3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 3 Course Title or Text Credit Hours

HIST 204G or

HIST 205G

Colonial Latin America or

Modern Latin America

3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 4 Course Title or Text Credit Hours
Minor Elective from list 3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 5 Course Title or Text Credit Hours
Minor Elective from list 3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 6 Course Title or Text Credit Hours
Minor Elective from list 3
  Semester total: 3
  Degree total: 18

Department

Name:

Languages and Cultures

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CB 306

Telephone:

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Email:

Amelia.Riding@ortocomercio.com

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Chair:

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Chair UVU Email:

ulloasa@ortocomercio.com

 
 

Mission Statement

365体育直播投注The mission of the Department of Languages and Cultures at Utah Valley University is to prepare students to interact effectively in a global community by acquiring competent communicative skills, and developing sensitivity toward cultural differences. By engaging with linguistic and cultural artifacts such as history, literature, and contemporary social structures and systems, language and culture students learn to think critically and behave ethically as they mature in linguistic and cultural literacy. This department prepares students to enter the global work force, further graduate studies and enjoy lifelong enrichment.

 
 

Languages and Cultures

  • Program Coordinator Contact: Bryan Eldredge, ASL & Deaf Studies
  • Telephone: 801-863-8529
  • Email: BryanE@ortocomercio.com

 

365体育直播投注The Language Lab, located at LA 003g, is open Monday-Friday and offers a variety of resources for students to practice language skills and get help using computers & software, tutoring one-on-one or in groups, and watching videos. To schedule appointments with tutors, call 801-863-7257.

 
 

Faculty

Michael B. Ballard(2019)

Assistant Professor

Department: Languages and Cultures
Faculty



BA, Communication, University of Colorado, MA, Communcation & Leadership, Gonzaga University, PhD, Educational Leadership, Drake University,

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Dale Boam(2006)

Associate Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., Sociology, University of Utah; J.D., Disability Law & Policies, Northeastern University School of Law

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Gregory Briscoe(2002)

Associate Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., Spanish, Utah State University; M.A., Spanish, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Spanish, University of Pennsylvania.

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Ana Chaparro(2010)

Lecturer

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., Spanish Translation, M.A., Spanish Peninsular Literature, Brigham Young University.

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Tammy Christensen(2013)

Lecturer

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., M.A., French Studies, Brigham Young University.

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Mari De Dios(2014)

Lecturer

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., Psychology, Colombia College; M.B.A., Business, Stevens Henagar College.

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Bryan Eldredge(1998)

Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., English, M.A., Linguistics, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Linguistic Anthropology, University of Iowa.

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Debora Ferreira(2001)

Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., Language and Literature, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil; M.A., Ph.D., Romance Languages, University of Georgia.

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Jamie Hardman(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



A.A., American Sign Language, Salt Lake Community College, B.A., Deaf Studies, Utah Valley University, M.A., Deaf Studies/ Languages & Human Rights, Gallaudet University.

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Benjamin Jarashow(2009)

Instructor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., M.A., Deaf Studies, Gallaudet University.

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Douglas Jensen(2000)

Associate Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., Spanish, M.A., Languages and Literature, University of Utah; Ph.D., Spanish American Literature, University of Iowa.

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Rebeca Lindheimer(2017)

Lecturer

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., M.A., English to Spanish Translation, Brigham Young University;

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Ana Lopez-Aguilera(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., English, M.A., Spanish, University of Malaga; M.A., Ph.D., Spanish, University of Nebraska.

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Claudia Louis(2019)

Lecturer

Department: Languages and Cultures
Faculty



BA, Spanish/English Language & Literature, University of Kiel, Germany, MA, Language Pedagogy, University of Utah, Spanish/English Languages & Literature, University of Kiel, Germany,

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Jorge Nisguritzer(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., Spanish, Weber State University; M.A., Ph.D., Languages & Literature, University of Utah.

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Jeffrey Packer(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., German Teaching, M.A., German Literature, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., German Studies, University of Cincinnati.

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Yasuko Saito(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., Spanish, Brigham Young University, M.A., Asian Studies, Seton Hall University.

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Elise Simonsen(2018)

Lecturer

Department: Languages
Faculty



B.A., Deaf Studies, Utah Valley University, A.A., General Education, Southern Utah University, M.P.A., Nonprofit Management, Brigham Young University.

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Walter Temple(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., French, Elon College; M.A., French Literature, American University; Ph.D., Romance Studies, University of Miami.

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Sara Ulloa(2003)

Associate Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Department Chair, Faculty



B.A., Spanish Translation and Communications, M.A., Spanish Linguistics, Brigham Young University; PhD, Instructional Psychology & Technology, Brigham Young University - Provo

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Jason Wilber(2016)

Lecturer

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., Spanish, M.A., Hispanic Linguistics, Brigham Young University.

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Travas Young(2010)

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.S., Geography, Utah State University; M.A., Linguistics, Gallaudet University.

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Guofang Yuan(2010)

Associate Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., English Language and Literature and Teaching, Shanghai Teachers’ University; M.A., English Teaching, Beijing Normal University; Ph.D., Educational Policy, Cleveland State University.

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Careers

There are many domestic and international professional opportunities available with a minor in LAS, including diplomatic service, employment with non-governmental organizations, graduate study in a variety of fields, political or legislative consulting or lobbying, public and private education (K-12), law, medicine, translation and interpretation, international business, journalism, engineering, agriculture, law enforcement and the judicial system, human resources, information systems, etc.

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