B.A. degree program in Puerto Rican and Latino studies
HEGIS code 0308
NYS SED program code 01976

B.A. degree program in Puerto Rican and Latino studies - full information and requirements

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Department requirements
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Foreign Language Requirement for the Major

Students are required to complete one course in Spanish at Level 3 (the third semester of study at the college level) or to demonstrate an equivalent proficiency by examination, except as modified as follows:

1. Students who have successfully completed three years of Spanish in high school and have passed the Spanish Regents Level 3 are exempted from the language requirement.

2. The Spanish language requirement presupposes two years of secondary school language study in Spanish. Students who offer only one year of study in Spanish (or none at all) are required to take one or two semesters of college study (Levels 1 and/or 2) before they can take Level 3.

3. Students whose native language is Spanish may be exempted from this requirement by passing the Spanish competency examination administered by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

4. Neither blanket nor equivalent credits will be given for introductory courses in Spanish from which a student has been exempted by examination, whether given by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures or an approved outside institution. Students who have completed part of the Spanish language requirement in high school are strongly advised to continue further language study in the first year.

Knowledge of Spanish as established in an interview with a faculty member of the Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Department or successful completion of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 4415 or 4430.

One of the following: a) or b).
a) Puerto Rican and Latino Studies (30 credits)
Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 1001, 3320W and one seminar taken from among: Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 4510, 4615 through 5710.

One of the following courses: Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 2105, 3105 through 3125.

One of the following courses: Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 2300, 3205 through 3225.

One of the following courses: Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 3305, 3310, 3325 through 3340, 4450.

One of the following courses: Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 2505, 4505 through 4610.

Three additional Puerto Rican and Latino Studies courses; Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 5715 and 5720 are also options.

b) Puerto Rican/Latino Studies and Business (36 credits)

All of the following: Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 1001, 3215, 3220, 3320W, 4505, 4510, 4515; Business 3170.

One of the following: Caribbean Studies 1001; Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 2300, 3205, 3210 (same as Anthropology and Archaeology 3520), 3335, 4610 or 4635, 4615, 4645, 5710, 5715.

Three of the following: Business 3100, 3200, 3130, 3140.

With permission of the departmental curriculum committee, appropriate PRLS course substitutions are allowed in the major under special circumstances.

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Department honors
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To qualify for honors in Puerto Rican and Latino studies, a student must complete either Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 4605 or 4630 with a grade of B or higher and must have an academic index of 3.50 or higher in the major.

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Department recommendations
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All Puerto Rican and Latino studies majors should consult the chairperson in planning the sequence of required courses. For students selecting concentration a: 18 credits in courses in another department chosen in consultation with a department adviser.

For students selecting concentration b: 9 credits in business-oriented elective courses from any department of the college chosen in consultation with a department adviser.