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Courses and Curriculum - Fall 2005 LAS Course List

Instructional Program for Latin American Studies IDPs


Course work and degree programs relating to Latin America have expanded from modest beginnings in the humanities and social sciences to a wide range of programs which encompass thirteen professional schools, nineteen fields in the humanities and social sciences, two scientific fields, and two fine arts fields. UCLA currently offers one of the most extensive and diverse Latin American and Iberian academic programs in the country.

The structure of each student's curriculum will vary depending on the disciplinary emphasis. However, all students are required to take two basic Laitn American Studies courses:

For M.A. students, the following two courses are required:

  • LAS 205 (Latin American Scholarship)

For B.A. students, the following two courses are required:

  • LAS 97A (Introduction to Latin American Issues)
  • LAS 191 (Latin American Interdisciplinary Topics).


The curriculum is exceptionally strong in history, Spanish American literature, and anthropology. There are significant numbers of courses in sociology, Brazilian literature, political science, economics, geography, Iberian history, and art history. Regular series of courses are also available in dance, Chicano studies, ethnomusicology, Latin American studies, and folklore. Students with particular disciplinary, topical, comparative, and/or country interests which are not addressed in the regular curriculum are encouraged to design, in consultation with Latin American Studies and Iberian faculty, individual research courses. A large number of theoretical and methodological courses are offered in the participating schools and departments which have significant Latin American content.

UCLA is particularly proud of the extensive array of courses in the professional schools. Latin American Studies pioneered the professionalization of language and area studies in the 1960s. At present courses with significant Latin American content are being taught in education, film and television, law, library and information science, management, public health, theater, social welfare, and urban planning.

Regional and Topical Coverage

UCLA offers courses on all Latin American countries and on the region, with particular strength in Mexico, Brazil, and in regional and comparative courses. The range of courses offers broad topical coverage with strengths in political, economic, and social history and development; ethnicity; democratization and politics; literary studies; political economy; international trade, health, and education; pre-Columbian art and archaeology; and comparative studies. These and other topics are addressed at the regional and national levels in a series of departmental, interdepartmental, and professional courses.

Interdepartmental Degree Programs