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Skidmore College
Latin American, Caribbean, & Latinx Studies

Student Learning Goals

Below are the departmental learning goals mapped to College-wide goals for student learning.

Goals for Students in the Latin American Studies Minor:

Knowledge

  • Gain an understanding of the many kinds of diversity of the Americas (North, South, Central, Caribbean) from the ancient to the modern. (Ia, IB)
  • Learn about Latin and Latinx contributions to the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. (Ia, Ib, IVb)
  • Understand the role of settler colonization, European and non-European peoples, values, and forces in shaping contemporary Latin American/Latinx societies as well as U.S. perceptions of Latin and Latinx America. (Ic, IIIa, IIIb)
  • Refine existing understanding and/or create new knowledge by identifying and formulating a question or series of questions about Latin and Latinx America that will facilitate its investigation. (Ic, IIa, IIId)

Intellectual Skills and Practice

  • Achieve reading and speaking competency (WLL 208 or above) in a core national or indigenous language (e.g. Spanish, French, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Aymara, Quechua). (IIc, Ia, Ib?)
  • Be able to evaluate current issues and contexts in interdisciplinary perspectives (e.g., historical, political, economic, cultural). (Ic, IIa, IIb, IIId)
  • Make connections between and appreciate how different social science and humanities disciplines and methodologies shape understanding of Latin and Latinx America. (Ic, IVa)
  • Develop knowledge and skills to be able to identify and challenge preconceptions as well as to think critically about a complex, dynamic region, whether as a whole and by studying and/or comparing its constituent communities. (IIIa, IIIB, IVa)
  • Support student growth in critical thinking and problem solving including choosing appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative research methods and being able to identify their limitations. (IIa, IIIc, IVd)
  • Analyze Latin and Latinx American societies in local, regional, global, anti-racist, and/or social justice contexts. (Ib, Ic, IId).
  • Integrate and apply understanding of Latin and Latinx America through internship, study abroad, and/or research projects.(IIIc, IVa)
  • Understand how Latin American and Latinx governments and societies see the United States and their own regional, hemispheric, and global connections (Ia,b,c; IIIa,b).

Information literacy

  • Use appropriate research methods to find academic and popular literature; find and access current and historical resources. (Ia, IIb, IIIc).

Visual literacy

  • Use a variety of visual modes to analyze, display, and communicate information about Latin and Latinx America, including audio and visual still and time-based media, and data visualization such as charts and graphs. Create clear, appealing presentations that effectively summarize research. (IIb, IIIc)
  • Effective oral and written descriptive and persuasive communication. (Ic, ,IIc d, and e)
  • Work collaboratively across disciplinary and other differences. (IId, IVb and c)