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Latin American Studies Associate in Arts

The Latin American Studies major is an interdisciplinary program which prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions for continued studies in Latin American Studies, Latin American and Caribbean government, politics, and countries, Hispanic/Latin culture, Mexican American/Latino Studies, Chicano/Chicana Studies. A major in Latin American Studies can lead to degrees in national and state government, public policy, non-government organizations, business, and graduate school.

The Program-level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) below are outcomes that students will achieve after completing specific degree requirements in this program. Students will:

  1. Think critically about government and Politics in Latin America and the Caribbean. 
  2. Identify and asses the role of ideas, culture, history, social norms, interest groups on contemporary Latin American identity and politics.
  3. Analyze the philosophical, and economic foundations of political conflict and violence, economic policy, inequality, and intersectionality in Latin America.
  4. Critically analyze the nature of power in Latin American politics, history, and culture with a focus on institutions and non-institutional actors.

Associate Degree Major Requirements

POSC-145Introduction to Latin American Government and Politics3
Select four of the following: 112
Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics
Latin American Philosophy
History of Mexico
U.S. History: Chicano/Chicana Perspectives I
U.S. History: Chicano/Chicana Perspectives II
Select one of the following:3
Cultures of Latin America
Chicana/o Literature
Chicana/o Literature
Chicano/Chicana and Mexican Art
Total Units18

Plus General Education and Elective Requirements


After consultation with a member of the political science faculty and a counselor because of differences in transfer requirements at various four-year institutions.

Recommended Electives

Students planning to complete a baccalaureate degree in political science are strongly advised to consult with a faculty advisor in political science at Grossmont College and take the following courses:

ANTH-120Cultural Anthropology3
POSC-148American Foreign Policy3-4
or MATH-160 Elementary Statistics
HIST-108Early American History3
HIST-109Modern American History3
POSC-135Model United Nations1
SOC-120Introductory Sociology3
SPAN-120Spanish I5
SPAN-121Spanish II5
SPAN-145Hispanic Civilizations3