Major in LAS
Minor in LAS
Dept. Honors
  • Major in Latin American Studies Curriculum (36 Credits)

    The Latin American Studies major is designed for students who desire a comprehensive understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean; its history, cultures, languages, economics, politics, and societies. Majors often combine their studies with concentrations in other departments or schools. LAS majors also learn outside of the classroom, through interaction with visiting experts, participation in symposium and conferences, and travel courses. Students are required to attain at least competency in two Latin American languages, and are advised (but not required) to spend at least one semester in Latin America.


    1. Gateway Course in LAS (LAS 101)
    1. Advanced language proficiency in Spanish, French, Portuguese or Haitian Creole: This requirement may be met with SPA203, FRE203, POR202, or HAI201 or equivalent
    1. Secondary language competence in another Latin American or Caribbean language: This requirement may be met with SPA105, FRE105, POR105, HAI102 or equivalent, or by successfully completing a Latin American, Caribbean, or Indigenous language course in the DILS Program.
    1. Two (2) courses in Latin American history
    1. Six (6) courses in classes listed in LAS or cross-listed with LAS, 12 credits of which must be completed at the 300-level or higher (FRE, SPA, or POR 214 may count toward this requirement)
    1. One (1) of the following: LAS 494, LAS 501, LAS 505, LAS 506.


  • Minor in Latin American Studies Curriculum (15 Credits)

    The minor in Latin American Studies is designed for students who have an interest in Latin America and the Caribbean, but may not have the flexibility to pursue a Major.  The minor may be obtained by completing five courses (detailed below), or through participation in the UBuenos Aires program.



    1. Gateway Course in LAS (LAS 101)
    2. Four (4) LAS Courses, three (3) of which must be at the 300 Level or higher
  • LAS Departmental Honors

    The Latin American Studies Program invites its undergraduate majors and minors to apply for departmental honors and expand their knowledge of Latin America and the Caribbean. Candidates for departmental honors work closely with one faculty member for two semesters to engage in original research in an area of her/his choice.

    LAS majors and minors with a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.5 in LAS courses and an overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0 may earn departmental honors by completing two honors thesis courses, LAS 495 and LAS 496 (Senior Honors Thesis I & II). Candidates for departmental honors are responsible for finding a faculty member who is willing to serve as honors thesis advisor and for obtaining written approval of that faculty member and the LAS Program Director. The faculty member with whom the student works will help determine the nature of the independent research project. Candidates must complete a thesis, which must be approved by the thesis advisor, and which must earn a grade of B+ or better for departmental honors.


  • Courses in the Latin American Studies curriculum may also satisfy the following cognates.

    People & Society

    Arts & Humanities


    Exploring the Caribbean through the Social Sciences

    Brazilian Studies

    The Earth and Society

    Global Urbanization



    Politics and Religion



    Political Economy



    Latin American Politics and Society



    Modern Latin America



    The United States and Latin America



    Latin American Art and Culture