Program Learning Objectives

The Department of Latin American & Latino Studies (LALS) has developed four principle learning objectives for students in our major. We expect that all graduating LALS seniors will have gained proficiency or competency in the following five areas: Critical Thinking, Research Methods, Communication, Language, and Lifelong Learning Skills.

1. Critical Thinking:  Ability to analyze from a Transnational/Transborder/Translocal perspective – to see the interconnections between Latin American and Latino issues, people, ideas, problems and solutions. This includes key skills such as understanding sources, comparing arguments, analysis and historical perspective.

2. Research Methods: Working knowledge of social scientific and/or humanistic approaches to LALS relevant topics. This includes key skills, such as acquiring quantitative skills, gathering or obtaining research data, finding/using primary sources, qualitative research and other research methods.

3. Communication: Key communication skills, including: written, oral presentation, digital, including an understanding of media sources and ability to apply media literacy to cross-cultural analysis.

4. Language: Fluency in English, Spanish and/or Portuguese.

5. Lifelong Learning Skills: Acquisition of practical hands-on skills in community engagement, cross-cultural fluency, familiarity with Latin America, familiarity with Latino experience, acquired through experiential learning working with community and civic organizations.