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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in Latin American Area Studies

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Latin American Area Studies Majors

Students may earn a double major (one in a particular discipline and one in Latin American studies) or a single major in Latin American studies. In addition to meeting the College language requirement in Spanish or Portuguese, all majors earn a minimum of 30 hours in substantive courses on Latin America.

Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major

Language Proficiency Requirements

Complete each of the following:

  1. Intermediate-level language (4 semesters or equivalent) at least up to the following: SPAN 216 or SPAN 217 or SPAN 220 or SPAN 222
  2. Beginning-level language (2 semesters or equivalent):

Course Requirements

Courses may count for 2 requirements. Complete each of the following:

  1. One 3-hour course in Spanish-American or Brazilian literature at 400-level or above (Prerequisites: SPAN 323 or SPAN 324 and SPAN 340); or MUSC 305 (or any similar Latin American Music); or FMS 542 (or any similar Latin American film class).
  2. HIST 120 Colonial Latin America (or a similar history course that covers the colonial period in Latin America).

Core Requirements

A minimum of 30 hours (10 different courses) is required, not including Additional Field of Concentration. These courses may also be used toward a minor. Complete each of the following:

3. Three different courses, each in a different discipline, approved for Latin American Studies (Literature and history courses do not apply for this requirement).
4. Primary emphasis: 4 courses in one topic group.
5. Secondary emphasis: 3 courses in a second topic group.
6. Field work/advanced language study:

  • Field work (3-6 hours of independent study or study abroad in Latin America or the Caribbean or Spain on Latin American topics) or
  • 9 hours taught entirely in Spanish or Portuguese (at least 1 course must be other than language and literature). Study abroad classes may apply; grammar, composition and conversation courses do not apply. KULAC courses are designed to fulfill this requirement.

Additional Field of Concentration

15 hours in one discipline (numbered 300 or above) are required. Language courses below 500 do not apply.

Minimum Major Requirements

30 hours

Note: Students earning a double major must have 15 hours unique to each major.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for Latin American area studies.

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