Major or Minor in Latin American Studies
Major in Latin American Studies
Undergraduate students majoring in LAS are expected to demonstrate advanced language competence in Spanish, Portuguese, or an indigenous Latin American language. This requirement may be satisfied by completing Spanish 3303, or any course with a higher number taught in Spanish, or Portuguese 1103, or any course with a higher number taught in Portuguese. The requirement to acquire intermediate knowledge of another Latin American language may be satisfied by successfully completing Spanish 2203, Portuguese 2203, Anthropology 2612 (indigenous language), or Anthropology 2610 (indigenous language).
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). This is part of an evaluation of the Center (and not of the individual student) and the results will not affect fulfillment of the requirement as stated above. This requirement may be accomplished by showing the OPI results of the Portuguese or indigenous language class(es) they took at Vanderbilt, if they did, or by taking a one-to-one telephonic conversation conducted entirely in Spanish or Portuguese language. Tests are arranged by Nicolette Kostiw (email).
Minor in Latin American Studies
The Center for Latin American Studies also offers a minor in Latin American Studies. Students must complete 15 hours of approved courses with Latin American content including Latin American Studies 2101. In addition, students must demonstrate intermediate knowledge of one Latin American language by successfully completing Spanish 2203, Portuguese 2203, Anthropology 2612, or Anthropology 2610. Courses taken to satisfy the language requirement may not be counted toward the 15 hours of core courses. Individual standardized testing may also be used to demonstrate knowledge.
Minor in Brazilian Studies
The Center for Latin American Studies also offers a minor in Brazilian studies. Students must complete 15 credit hours of approved courses with Brazilian content including LAS 2102 and Portuguese 2203. In addition, students must complete three additional courses from the Areas of Study listed below: one course in Area I, one course in Area II, and one course in Area III. Proficiency at the level of intermediate Portuguese can be demonstrated through testing. If this option is exercised, students must take 3 credit hours of course work approved by the director of undergraduate studies in lieu of the 3 credit hours of PORT 2203.
Course selection must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies for Latin American Studies. Other elective courses, including special topics courses, may be counted toward the minor with the approval of the director of undergraduate studies. Click here to see course requirements for the Brazilian Studies Minor.