The Latin American Studies program offers a major in Latin American Studies. Majors are required to complete 10 courses to fulfill the requirements of the major.
A complete list of courses and major requirements is available in the College Catalog.
Approved study abroad or other significant off-campus experience in Latin American/Latino communities prior to graduation. Extended stay in the region is essential for gaining linguistic and cultural fluency associated with an area studies major. Students may appeal this requirement in exceptional circumstances. For additional information, please visit our study abroad page.
There are key differences between the major in Latin American Studies and the major in Hispanic Studies. First, while the Hispanic Studies major requires classes on the literature and culture of both Spain and Latin America, the Latin American Studies major requires classes that focus on Latin America from the perspectives of several disciplines, including not only Hispanic Studies, but also Anthropology, History, Music, Political Science, and others.
Second, while all courses for the Hispanic Studies major are conducted in Spanish, most of the courses taken for the interdisciplinary LAS major are taught in English, with the notable exception of study abroad courses and the Hispanic Studies courses on literature and culture that also count toward the LAS major.
If you are interested in a major that focuses on the literature and culture of both Latin America and Spain through classes conducted exclusively in Spanish, you may wish to view the Hispanic Studies major.