2023-2024 Catalog 
    Oct 04, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog

Latin American Studies Major

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Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Integrate perspectives from multiple disciplines to understand the diversity of the Latin American region and its peoples
  • Understand and critically analyze the major economic, social, and political processes that have shaped the lives of Latin Americans using a variety of research tools and methodologies
  • Communicate effectively in Spanish and/or Portuguese and demonstrate familiarity with the region’s cultural and literary production
  • Communicate knowledge about the Latin American region and be able to generate independent knowledge
  • Be socially responsible citizens of the Americas

Major Requirements (40 Units)

Required core courses (12 Units)

Regional Linguistic Competence (4 Units)

Regional Immersion Experience (4 Units):

LAS 3XX - Program in Latin America

Elective Courses (28 Units)

Elective courses strengthen student understanding of various areas of Latin American Studies and in some cases (e.g., History, Modern Languages, Politics, Sociology) enable Latin American Studies majors to obtain a major or minor in another discipline.

Take one course (4 units) from each of the following sections: Religious and Philosophical Perspectives, Historical Perspectives, Cultural Perspectives, and Social Perspectives. In addition, choose three courses (12 units) from any of the perspectives.

Religious and Philosophical Perspectives: Partial Coverage Courses

Additional Elective Courses (12 Units)

Additional electives can be courses from any of the above perspectives.


*Students taking these courses must do their final research project focused on Latin America and bring a copy of it to the LAS director.

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