International and Area Studies

Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies
Hours36 - 52 Credit Hours
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

Courses cannot be double counted between the different requirements sections in the major.
requirement 1 Complete 1 course
requirement 4 Complete 3 options
Social Science courses:
requirement 6 Complete 6.0 hours from the following course(s)
Elective courses (courses taken above will not double count):
requirement 7 Complete 1 course
requirement 8 Complete 1 option
Complete 3.0 hours of an internship course, a service learning course, or Study Abroad program. Internship students (field study, or service learning) will register for IAS 399R; Study Abroad programs shall be in a Latin American venue, either Portuguese speaking or Spanish speaking.
option 8.1 Complete 3.0 hours from the following course(s)
Note: All Spanish and Portuguese courses may double count toward a minor or second major in Spanish or Portuguese. Please see the Department of Spanish and Portuguese for more information.
Program Outcomes: 

Factual Knowledge

The student will understand and interpret foundational knowledge relating to historical, socio-cultural, geographic and economic conditions in Latin America.

Interest and Attitude

The student will evaluate and decide upon her/his interest and attitude toward Latin American Studies, including career expectations.

Social Science Research Methodology

She/he will understand basic methodology of social science research as well as humantities/language based research.

Research Writing

She/he will write a significant research paper in Spanish or Portuguese dealing with Latin America.

Library/Internet Research

She/he will master the skills of library and internet research relating to Latin America.

Oral Presentation of Critically Analyzed Ideas

She/he will be able to critically analyze ideas, evidence and arguments relating to a current topic or a significant historical event/process in Latin America, and effect a significant oral presentation, demonstrating recent knowledge from newspapers and journals in the target language.

Language Proficiency

She/he will demonstrate both written and verbal fluency in Spanish or Portuguese.