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.
*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).
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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
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
Latin American Studies Minor Requirements Worksheet
To Declare the Minor, please click here.
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