Latin American Studies

The major in Latin American Studies is designed to further understanding of the cultures of Latin America and to view those cultures from regional and global perspectives. The major builds on a foundation of language and literature, history, and the social sciences; its faculty is drawn from many departments of the University.

For the major in Latin American Studies, knowledge of both Spanish and Portuguese is required. Each student must complete two college-level years of one of these languages, and one year of the other.

Prospective majors should take one or more courses in the required areas of history, literature, and social science, and one course in art, architecture, film studies, music, or theater studies. Suitable courses for freshmen include the following:

  • LAST 001, Latin American Short Fiction
  • LAST 010, Portraits of Brazil
  • LAST 102, Colonial Latin America
  • LAST 108, Latin American Intellectual Debates