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Latino Americans: 500 Years of History: Latin American Studies Project

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public programming initiative produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square

Latin American Studies Project

Latin American Studies Project

Latin American Studies

The Latin American Studies (LAS) Project at Nassau Community College offers courses and promotes academic and cultural events that broaden knowledge about and understanding of Latin America and Latino communities in the U.S.; that foster civic engagement; and that lead to an appreciation of the rich cultures of Latin American nations, which include the Spanish-speaking Caribbean islands of Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

As our world’s economic and political systems have become increasingly interconnected and global in nature, the study of the arts, cultures, domestic issues, economics, geography, history, international relations, languages, politics and religions of Latin America is now more vital than ever. Given that Latinos comprise the fastest growing minority in the U.S., the study of the history, experiences, contributions and social fabric of diverse Latino communities is equally essential.

Course Offerings

Interdisciplinary courses

LAS 101 Introduction to Latin American Studies

LAS 105 Introduction to Latino/a Studies in the U.S

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Department-specific courses

HIS 220 History of Modern Latin America

HIS 222 Modern Mexico and Central America

SPA 251 & 252 Practical Spanish for Medical Personnel

LAS 222/Eng 222 Latin American Literature.

These courses meet one or more SUNY and NCC General Education requirements and transfer to other colleges and universities.