Latin American Studies - Costa Rica (LCR) Courses

Descriptions of courses offered in the Latin American Studies - Costa Rica Program

LCR 3116 Spanish Language

Six hours

Students arrive in Costa Rica with varying degrees of fluency in Spanish, so LASP places them in the Spanish class that corresponds to each participant's level of oral proficiency based on a placement exam and interview during orientation. Students study grammar, conversation, phonetics and/or literature based on the results of their tests. Classes are taught by Latin Americans. Because of this, participants hear and learn the language the way it is spoken in Latin America. This is reinforced during everyday interaction with Spanish-speaking host families. Prerequisite: LS 3153 or LS 3163.

Offered each semester in Costa Rica

LCR 3213 Latin American History and Contemporary Issues

Three hours

 

This seminar introduces the social, historical, political, economic, and theological currents that constitute Latin American society and culture. The course includes discussions with Latin American experts and field trips to various sites. Prerequisite: LS 3153 or LS 3163.

Offered each semester in Costa Rica

LCR 3513 Language and Literature Seminar

Three hours

In this class, students examine how Latin Americans view their neighbors to the north and around the world through conversations, conferences, and related literature. It examines Latin America through its literature, theatre, and arts, using them as a means to examine society and culture. Prerequisite: LS 3153 or LS 3163.

Offered each semester in Costa Rica

LCR 3613 Community Immersion

Three hours

This class focuses on the social, cultural, political, economic, and religious issues of Latin America in the target language. Presentations by invited speakers are delivered in Spanish, while all required readings and assignments are written in Spanish. This class is designed to expand students' Spanish skills through additional language instruction and a community immersion experience outside San José as well as developing cultural competencies through study and hands-on experience. Prerequisite: LS 3153 or LS 3163.

Offered each semester in Costa Rica

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