Academic Program

Academic Program

Interdisciplinary Minor

Students interested in Latin American Studies (LAS) are invited to consult with the coordinator and members of the LAS Committee before developing a proposal. The proposal should establish how Latin American studies relates to the overall program of undergraduate study and to the departmental major. The minor is open to students of all divisions.


Latin American Studies students must complete the following requirements:


  • Latin American Studies requires the successful completion of Spanish 004: Intensive Advanced Spanish or its equivalent.
  • This requirement is waived for native speakers of Spanish and for students who demonstrate sufficient competence in this language, as determined by the LAS Committee.


  • Students must take a minimum of 5 credits in Latin American Studies which may include approved courses and seminars. Seminars count as one credit for Latin American Studies. These 5 credits must span the two divisions (Humanities and Social Sciences).
  • In order to develop a basic introduction to Latin America, students must complete 1 of the following 3 courses:¬† HIST 004: Introduction to Latin American History, LASC 005: Intro to Latino/a Studies, or SPAN 010: En busca de Latinoam√©rica, by their sophomore year.
  • Only 1 of the total 5 credits required by the LAS minor may overlap with a student's major or other minor.
  • To graduate with a minor in Latin American Studies, a student must maintain a minimum grade of "B" in the program, and a "C" average in any other course work.

Study Abroad:

  • Students are required to spend a minimum of one semester abroad in a program approved by the Latin American Studies Program. This requirement may be waived for students who have lived and studied in Latin America for more than a year, but they must apply for this waiver at the time of being considered for the minor.
  • Students can apply two credits from courses taken abroad to their Latin American Studies academic program.
  • Courses taken abroad must have a clear Latin American focus and must be pre-approved by the appropriate department in order to count for the LAS minor.
  • Study abroad must be pursued in Spanish. Students must complete Spanish 004, or its equivalent, before going abroad.
  • Language courses are not eligible for Study Abroad credit.
  • Students are encouraged to complete the introductory requirement before going abroad.
  • Only in exceptional cases, with the support of a faculty member and the approval of the LAS Committee, will a semester's internship or a community service project in Latin America fulfill this requirement.

Honors Minor

To complete an honors minor in Latin American Studies, students must have completed all requirements for the interdisciplinary minor. From within these offerings, they may select for outside examination a seminar taken to fulfill the interdisciplinary minor's requirements. However, the chosen seminar may not be an offering within their major department.

Special Major

With the permission of the departments concerned, it is possible for a student to plan an individualized special major that includes closely related work in one or more departments. Students have the possibility of designing a special major, such as Spanish and Latin American Studies; Latin American Studies and Political Science, Latin American Studies and History; and Latin American Studies with a focus on Sociology and Anthropology, etc.

Special majors consists of at least 10 credits and normally no more than 12 credits.

Students with special majors must complete the major comprehensive requirement of the departmental major, which may consist of a thesis or other written research project designed to integrate the work across departmental boundaries, or a comprehensive examination. In all cases, this final exercise will integrate the work done in Latin American Studies and the department involved.