Major and Minor in Latin American Studies

Major and Minor in Latin American Studies

Major in Latin American Studies

To complete the LAS major, students must complete 36 hours of coursework according to the outline below.

I. Required core courses (6 hrs):

  • LAS 2101- Introduction to Latin America (Fall semester)
  • LAS 4901- Research Seminar (Fall semester)

II. Area of concentration (12 hrs- one discipline)

III. Distribution Requirements (12 hrs- complete 6 hrs of coursework in two categories):

  • History
  • Language/Literature/Art History
  • Social Sciences

IV. Electives (6 hrs. of any additional course with Latin American content)

**Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary major so, eligible courses can be found in nearly all departments on campus. For a comprehensive list of courses each semester, click here.**

Undergraduate students majoring in LAS must also demonstrate advanced language competence in Spanish or Portuguese. This requirement may be satisfied by completing Spanish 3303, Portuguese 3303 or any course with a higher number taught in either language. Students are expected to acquire intermediate knowledge of another Latin American language may be satisfied by successfully completing Spanish 2203, Portuguese 2203, Haitian Creole 2202, or K’iche’ Maya 2202. Language courses can count toward the distribution requirements of the major.

In addition, students must demonstrate their level of language proficiency at the beginning of the second semester of their senior year by way of an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) conducted by a faculty member in that language. This is part of an evaluation of the Center (and not of the individual student) and the results will not affect the fulfillment of student requirements for graduation. Students will be evaluated for proficiency in both their primary and secondary languages. Tests are arranged by CLAS Assistant Director/Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Nicolette Kostiw (email).

Minor in Latin American Studies

The Center for Latin American Studies offers a minor in Latin American Studies. Students must complete 15 hours of approved courses with Latin American content, including LAS 2101 (Introduction to Latin America). In addition, students must demonstrate intermediate knowledge of one Latin American language by successfully completing Spanish 2203, Portuguese 2203, Haitian Creole 2202, or K’iche’ Maya 2202. Courses taken to satisfy the language requirement may not be counted toward the 15 hours of coursework. An OPI evaluation can be used to demonstrate language proficiency.

Minor in Brazilian Studies

For more on the minor in Brazilian Studies, click here.