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.



One of the following: a) or b).
a) Puerto Rican and Latino Studies (36 credits)
Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 1001, 3340, and one seminar taken from among: Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, 4615, 4635, 5710.


One Writing Intensive course.

Two courses chosen from each of the groups 1) and 2):
1) Literature, Culture and the Arts: Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 2105, 2250, 3105, 3115, 3125, 3315W, 3330, 3335, 4450, 4640.
2) History, Policy and Society: Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 2005, 2300, 2320, 2505, 3048, 3203, 3205, 3210, 3215, 3220, 3225, 3310, 3320W, 3325, 4505, 4510, 4515, 4605, 4610, 4645.

Additional 12 credits of advanced Puerto Rican and Latino Studies electives; Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 4610, 5715 and 5720 are also options.

Students completing the Puerto Rican and Latino Studies major with the intention of fulfilling the bilingual education extension are required to take the first set of requirements before groupings 1 and 2 above plus following as part of their advanced electives and the following as part of their advanced electives: Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 2005, 4410, 4415, 4420, 4425, and 4430 with a grade of C or higher in each course. Students must meet with a department adviser to declare their intention to complete this sequence.

Students completing the Puerto Rican and Latino Studies major with the intention of fulfilling the Early Childhood Education or Childhood Education degree, are required to take the following as part of their advanced electives: PRLS 2005, 3325, and 4410 with a grade of C or higher in each course. Students must meet with a department adviser to declare their intention to complete this sequence.



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), Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 3335, 4610 or 4635, 4615, 4645, 5710, 5715

Three of the following: Business 3100, 2300, 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 5710 with a grade of A- or higher and must have an academic index of 3.70 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 or designated departmental advisers in planning the sequence of required courses.