In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx studies majors must complete the following requirements (37–43 credits):

  • Foreign language proficiency
    This major requires proficiency in Spanish, French, or Portuguese, equivalent to five semesters of the language. Students can fulfill this proficiency in any of the following ways:
    1. through an exemption based on an assessment of proficiency in Spanish, French, or Portuguese by a member of the faculty
    2. through successful completion of a course conducted in Spanish or French at or above the advanced language level
    3. through successful completion of the minor in Spanish or French
  • HIS 1600/Introduction to Latin American Studies: 3 credits
  • Six approved electives in Latin American and Latino studies (18–24 credits)
    Students must take six approved electives that are directly related to Latin America or Latino studies, as outlined below. Up to four credits of an advanced-level language course may be used toward this requirement. Approved courses offered in the target language in which the main focus is on literary, cultural, or historical subject matter are not subject to the four-credit restriction.
    • Two electives chosen from courses in anthropology, environmental studies, political science, and/or sociology
    • Two electives chosen from courses in language and culture, history, and/or literature
    • Two electives chosen from courses in art history and/or cinema studies
    Students should consult with their faculty advisor to determine if a course from another discipline is an appropriate elective.
  • One of the following methods courses: 4 credits
    SOC 3405/Research Methods
    ANT 3560/Fieldwork: Qualitative Methods
    HIS 3880/Junior History Seminar
    Or a designated upper-level course in the humanities or the arts that provides senior project preparation, to be chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor
  • Experiential learning—one of the following: 4 credits
    LST 3050/Experiential Learning in Latin American Studies
    LST 3995/Internship in Latin American Studies
    Or an approved study-abroad program
  • SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
  • SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits
  Examples of Electives
Art History (School of Humanities):
ARH 3335/Latin American Art in the Age of Globalization
ARH 3815/Mexican Art From the Revolution to the NAFTA Era
ARH 4590/Pre-Columbian Aesthetics in Modern Latin American Art
Cinema Studies (School of Film and Media Studies):
CIN 3000/Cinema and Revolution
CIN 3080/Mexican Cinema
CIN 3245/Latin American Cinema
Economics (School of Natural and Social Sciences):
ECO 2223/Economies of Latin America
Environmental Studies (School of Natural and Social Sciences):
ENV 3420/Tropical Ecosystems
French (School of Humanities):
FRE 3067/French Caribbean Literature
FRE 3230/The Island as Laboratory
LAC 3340/Postcolonial French-Language Literature
History (School of Humanities):
HIS 2005/Modern Latin America
HIS 2170/Colonial Latin America
HIS 2215/Latinos and Cities in the Americas
HIS 2540/Society and Culture in Modern Brazil
HIS 3005/Representations of Latinos and Latinas in American Film, 1930–2000
HIS 3085/Cities and Citizenship in the Americas (added Fall 2018)
HIS 3395/Nation and Revolution in Latin America
HIS 3555/African Diasporas in the Americas
HIS 3625/Slaves and Enslavement in the Americas
HIS 3685/Sex and Gender in Latin America
HIS 3855/Oral History Workshop
Literature (School of Humanities):
LIT 3685/Modern Novel of Latin America
Music (Conservatory of Music):
MTH 2230/World Music and Jazz Traditions
Political Science (School of Natural and Social Sciences):
POL 3130/Immigration: Policies, Problems, and Politics
POL 3300/Development and Politics of Latin America
POL 3307/Politics and Memoir
POL 3340/U.S./Latin American Relations
POL 3361/Cuba, Latin America, and the U.S.
POL 3570/Human Rights
Sociology (School of Natural and Social Sciences):
SOC 1030/Cultural Activism in Latin America
SOC 3056/Global Social Movements
SOC 3661/Border Wars and Transnational Human Rights
SOC 3725/Globalization, Culture, Social Change: Latin America
Spanish (School of Humanities):
SPA 3211/Spanish and Latin American Cinema
SPA 3365/Languages and Cultures of Spanish-Speaking Countries*
SPA 3370/Lettered Cities: The Literatures of Latin American Cities
SPA 3630/The Modern Latin American Novel*
SPA 3687/The Idea of Latin America
SPA 3700/The Latin American Short Story*
*Taught in Spanish
Theatre and Performance (Conservatory of Theatre Arts):
THP 3650/Contemporary U.S. Latino Theatre

Updates to the 2019–20 College Catalog:

  • Effective February 2020, the Latin American Studies program was renamed Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies.