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

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Departmental Honors

Graduation with departmental honors is awarded for exceptional performance in the major, completion of independent research or an alternative project, and a strong overall academic record.

  1. Candidates should declare their intention to work for honors to the undergraduate director no later than enrollment for the first semester of the senior year, at which time an intent form must be completed and submitted to 109 Strong Hall.
  2. At the end of the final undergraduate semester, the candidate must have an overall grade-point average of at least 3.25 and of at least 3.5 in the major. Both overall and major grade-point averages include work done at other institutions as well as at KU.
  3. Each candidate must complete an independent research project, or its equivalent, related to Latin American studies. This project may also be submitted to a second department as an honors project as long as the candidate fulfills all the requirements for honors in Latin American studies. The committee chair or co-chair must be a Latin American studies faculty member.
  • The candidate must enroll in LAA 499 Honors Course in Latin American Studies for 2 semesters, 3 hours a semester, and earn a grade of B or higher in the first semester and a grade of A in the second semester.
  • The candidate must submit a 1-page proposal to the undergraduate director describing the honors project and naming at least 3 faculty members who have agreed to evaluate it. The candidate must obtain a written statement from the undergraduate director that the project is relevant to Latin American studies. The committee chair must be a Latin American studies faculty member.
  • The results of the candidate’s project must be presented to the committee in writing or in another form appropriate to the project. The committee certifies successful completion of the honors project.

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