The major requires a total of 11 courses, including:
- History of Latin America (LA 173).
- Introduction to Latin American Studies (LA 174).
- Introduction to Hispanic Literature (SP 135).
- Advanced Spanish Grammar (SP 231).
- Two Latin American literature courses (200 level or above).
- Four courses on Latin America (200 level or above) from three or more disciplines other than literature. For instance: Anthropology, Economics, History, Music, Government, etc.
- Capstone (Senior Seminar, Advanced Independent Study, or Honors Thesis).
Students must receive a grade of C or better for a course to count toward the major. No major requirements may be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory. The point scale for retention of the major applies to all courses taken to fulfill the major. See “Course Offerings.”
Majors are required to spend at least one semester in Latin America matriculated in a program that offers university-level courses (not in a language acquisition program); all course work abroad must be conducted in either Spanish or Portuguese. Spanish 135 and 231 must be completed before going abroad. See Off Campus Study options for approved programs. All study abroad plans must be approved by the director of the Latin American Studies Program. No more than the equivalent of four semester courses of foreign study or transfer credit may be counted toward the major. A minimum grade point average of 2.7 is required for admission to study abroad.
Note: Students wishing to fulfill the advanced grammar requirement in Portuguese must enroll, after securing the approval of the director of the Latin American Studies Program, in either a one-semester language program abroad (which will not replace the study abroad requirement) or in an intensive summer language program that certifies advanced proficiency.