2017-2018 Semester Program – Interdisciplinary Development Studies in Latin America

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Language Eligibility: For all levels of Spanish. (Electives are taught in English.)

-Beginner level is for students who have not taken Spanish before.
-Intermediate level must have completed at least 2 semesters or 3 quarters of college level Spanish.
-Advanced level must have completed at least 4 semesters or 6 quarters of college level Spanish.

For additional eligibility requirements such as minimum GPAclick here.

Total contact hours: 240 per semester. 15 contact hours = 1 semester credit. 10 contact hours = 1 quarter unit.

Possible U.S. Credits: 16 semester credits per semester.

Final transcript is issued by the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. Classes are taken with other American and foreign students.

 

Course Descriptions: Interdisciplinary Studies in Latin America

 

This interdisciplinary program will allow students to choose from a wide selection of courses while living and studying in Costa Rica. There are 2 mandatory core courses that all students must take: 1) Community Engagement and Sustainable Human Development (a Service Learning course) and 2) Spanish Language. Students may choose an additional 3 classes from the options listed below.

All courses are taught in English, except Spanish Language and Central American Literature. Students will take a placement exam after arrival to determine their Spanish level.  Course offerings are subject to change.

Core Courses (mandatory for all students)

Then, choose 3 electives from the following list. Students will be asked to give 6 possible elective choices, in order of preference. If fewer than 6 students sign up for an elective, it will not be held and students will be given the option to take a different elective.  All are taught in English except Central American Literature.

Central American Literature (taught in Spanish for Advanced level students) – 45 contact hours/3 semester credits
Current Environmental Issues in Latin America – 45 contact hours/3 semester credits
Democracy in Central America: an Ongoing Question – 45 contact hours/3 semester credits
Development in Latin America from a Gender Perspective – 45 contact hours/3 semester credits
Human Rights in Latin America: A Critical Approach – 45 contact hours/3 semester credits
Rural and Urban Sustainable Development: Global and Local Perspectives – 45 contact hours/3 semester credits
Sustainable Tourism and Local Development – 45 contact hours/3 semester credits