The mission of the Center for Latin American Studies is to provide an institutional space for research, teaching and discussion on Latin America at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Its general purpose is to bring together CU faculty, graduate and undergraduate students and visiting scholars interested in Latin American and Latinx issues: recognizing the diversity of their interests and approaches; supporting their research, teaching, and studies; and strengthening their links with Latin America and with communities of Latin American origin in the United States.
The Latin American Studies Center offers an undergraduate certificate program in Latin American and Latinx Studies.
For more information, visit the department's undergraduate certificate program webpage.
Course code for this program is LAMS.
LAMS 1000 (3) Introduction to Latin American and Latinx Studies
Focuses on the main topics of Latin American and Latinx Studies, exploring them through interdisciplinary approaches. Core course of the Latin American and Latinx Studies Certificate.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Diversity-Global Perspective
LAMS 1010 (4) Beginning Quechua 1
The course focuses on the development of written and oral communicative abilities in Quechua through an interactive activity-based approach. Course includes an introduction to Andean Culture, and foundations on the sociocultural history of Quechua.
LAMS 1020 (4) Beginning Quechua 2
This course continues the study of the Southern variety of Quechua in Beginning Quechua 1. Quechua is the most widely spoken indigenous language in South America, with an estimated 8-10 million speakers in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, and Argentina. Quechua is associated with people living in the Andes. But decades of migration have brought Quechua to coastal cities and abroad, like New York, New Jersey and Chicago. Quechua is more than a spoken language. Studying Quechua also provides a window into a rich indigenous culture, and alternative perspectives about space and time, family, relationships, society, and the natural world.
Requisites: Requires prerequisite course of LAMS 1010 (minimum grade D-).
LAMS 3100 (3) Travel, Science and Adventure
Focuses on the expeditions of the most important scientific travelers in Ecuador during the 18th and 19th centuries: French mathematician Charles-Marie La Condamine, German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt and English naturalist Charles Darwin. In Ecuador, La Condamine proved the shape of the Earth, Humboldt designed the theory of ecosystems and their interconnections, and Darwin found evidence of evolution in the Galapagos. These travelers made important observations about Ecuador¿s nature, society, and history.
Grading Basis: Letter Grade