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Latin American Studies
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Director, Associate Professor Ben Fallaw
Requirements for the Major in Latin American Studies
A total of 10 courses, including Latin American Studies 173, 174, Spanish 231, two Latin American literature courses at the 200 level or above, four additional courses on Latin America at the 200 level or above from at least three disciplines other than literature, and one senior seminar or senior project.
Students must receive a grade of C- or better for a course to count toward the major. No major requirements may be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory. The point scale for retention of the major applies to all courses taken to fulfill the major.
Majors are required to spend at least one semester in Latin America matriculated in a program that offers university-level courses (not in a language acquisition program); all course work abroad must be conducted in either Spanish or Portuguese. All study-abroad plans must be approved by the director of the Latin American Studies Program. No more than the equivalent of two semester courses of foreign study credit may be counted toward the major per semester abroad, or four semester courses per year abroad. A minimum grade point average of 2.70 is required for admission to study abroad. Prerequisites for study abroad include the completion of Spanish 135 and Spanish 231 (may be taken concurrently) with a grade of C or better. No more than the equivalent of four semester courses of foreign study or transfer credit may be counted toward the major.
Note: Students wishing to fulfill the advanced grammar requirement in Portuguese must enroll, after securing the approval of the director of the Latin American Studies Program, in either a one-semester language program abroad (which will not replace the study-abroad requirement) or in an intensive summer language program that certifies advanced proficiency.
Honors in Latin American Studies
Students majoring in Latin American studies with a 3.7 major average or better and 3.3 overall at the end of their fifth semester (including course work done abroad) may apply for admission to the honors program by May 30 of their junior year. Permission of the program director and faculty sponsor is required. It involves a year-long independent research project that replaces the senior seminar requirement. Successful completion of the work of the honors thesis and of the major will enable the student to graduate “With Honors in Latin American Studies.”
Courses Approved for the Major in Latin American Studies