Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies is part of the International & Area Studies program and is designed for students who want to focus their studies on the culture and society of the following subregions: South America, Central America, Southern Cone, Amazonia, or the Caribbean.

Programs Offered:

 

*Latin American Studies majors (not minors) are required to achieve intermediate level of any two modern foreign languages related to the area (e.g., Portuguese 3 or 11B; Spanish 5 or 7; an indigenous language of Latin America, e.g., Quechua, Nahuatl, Zapotec, through that level).

Latin American Studies Major

The Latin American Studies Major consists of 6 preparation courses, the language requirement, and 12 Upper Division classes. Students in the major have options to study abroad, participate in research, and complete internships associated with their major. Some students choose to double-major with other programs on campus, and several choose to add a minor.

 

Latin American Studies Major Requirements Worksheet


Quick Facts:

  • Required to take International & Area Studies 1 (offered Fall Quarter or Summer), MUST receive a "C" or better
  • Language requirement (for details click here
  • Required to take International & Area Studies 191 (Senior Seminar)
  • Study Abroad courses may apply towards major credit, consult with one of our counselors
  • Departmental Honors program is open to eligible students during their last year


How to Declare the Major:

Students can declare the major after completing all of the preparation courses with a 2.0 GPA (including at least a grade of "C" or better in the International & Area Studies 1 course), and one year of language.* 

 

*When declaring the Latin American Studies major, completion of the elementary year of the foreign language is acceptable (i.e. Spanish 3).

 

Note: Completion of the intermediate year of the foreign language must be completed by graduation in order to fulfill all preparation requirements. Latin American Studies majors are required to achieve intermediate level of any two modern foreign languages related to the area (e.g., Portuguese 3 or 11B; Spanish 5 or 7; an indigenous language of Latin America, e.g., Quechua, Nahuatl, Zapotec, through that level).

 

Latin American Studies Minor

 

       

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The Latin American Studies Minor, which is part of the International & Area Studies IDP, is designed for students who wish to augment their major with concerted study of the history, culture, and society of Latin America from an interdisciplinary and modern perspective. 

Latin American Studies Minor Requirements Worksheet


Quick Facts:

  • To enter the minor, students must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better and have completed 45 units. 
  • No more than 10 units (2 courses, lower or upper division) may be applied towards both the student's major and this minor.
  • All minor courses must be taken for a letter grade (contact I A STD Counselor for exceptions due to COVID-19).

To Declare the Minor, please click here


INTERNATIONAL AND AREA STUDIES
FACULTY ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE 2021-22

Adam Moore, Chair, International & Area Studies

Jennifer J. Chun, Ph.D., Asian American Studies, International Institute
Robin L. H. Derby, Ph.D., History
Nile S. Green, Ph.D., History, International Institute
Patrick C. Heuveline, Ph.D., International Institute, Sociology
Namhee Lee, Ph.D., Asian Languages and Cultures
Adam D. Moore, Ph.D., Geography, International Institute
Helen M. Rees, Ph.D., Ethnomusicology
Bonnie Taub, Ph.D., Public Health
Kevin B. Terraciano, Ph.D., History
Michael Thies, Ph.D., Political Science
Jennifer Jung-Kim, Ph.D., Asian Languages & Cultures, ex officio

Our Students

The Academic Programs offered through the UCLA International Institute allow students to focus on a particular area of study - either a specific geographic area, or a global comparative and issue-oriented approach - through a variety of disciplines across campus. The Institute also offers its own courses taught by core teaching faculty under the following subject areas: African Studies, Global Health, Global Studies, International & Area Studies, International Development Studies, International Migration Studies, and Latin American Studies.

 

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ACADEMIC COUNSELING

For Fall 2021 Quarter, we will be offering virtual and in-person advising support.

We strive to provide holistic and comprehensive support to our students through one-on-one advising, workshops, and events that focus on academic and professional planning, exploration of research, internship opportunities, and experiences abroad. 

Magda Yamamoto

Graduate & Undergraduate Counselor

Magda's Zoom Appointments

Olivia Gonzalez

Undergraduate Counselor

Olivia's Zoom Appointments

We can assist you with:

  • Major, pre-major, and minor questions and petitions to declare (I A STD & Global Health)
  • Educational planning and course sequencing
  • Course petitions and substitutions
  • DARS updates for major/minor
  • Enrollment questions for I A STD and Global Health courses
  • Contract courses (I A STD 195CE & 198A/B/C, GH 199)
  • Exploration of research, Departmental Honors, internship/career opportunities, and study abroad
  • Graduation checks

Contact Us

Please include your name and UID in all emails.

Undergraduate Advising: undergrads@international.ucla.edu

 Graduate Advising: idpgrads@international.ucla.edu 

  Make a virtual advising appointment with Magda or Olivia (Email us if you need accommodations for same day or outside office hours appointments)

    Bunche Hall 10256 & 10254**

    (310) 206-6571**

**Please note, our physical office spaces and phone lines are closed until the beginning of Fall Quarter.

Mailing Address:
Academic Counselor
UCLA International Institute Academic Programs
Office of Academic Advising
10256 Bunche Hall, Mail Code 148703
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487


For other questions or concerns, please review the following information:

Refer to your main Counseling Unit for questions about GE/IGETC Requirements, Course Add/Drop Petitions, Degree Plan Contracts, College-specific requirements, Holds, Grad Checks, Academic Probation status, Readmission, etc.

Questions about registration, fees, classes, etc.

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