Undergraduate Concentration

The interdepartmental concentration program (major) in Latin American and Caribbean Studies is designed to provide students with a rigorous, multidisciplinary approach to the study of Latin America and the Caribbean. Students will establish a broad base of knowledge via a core of upper-level work in languages, the social sciences, and the humanities.

Degree Requirements

The concentration requires 30 credits at the 300-level or above, beyond the language requirement to complete the program. Among the 30 credits students must choose at least one course from each of the disciplines of anthropology, history, literature, and political science. There is no prerequisite for a LACS concentration.

Language Requirement
Competence in Spanish or Portuguese (equivalent to Spanish 275 or the intensive Spanish program at the Residential College, or Portuguese 232) should be achieved as early as possible in the program. Students are encouraged to go beyond this, either with further work in the language chosen or by achieving competence in the other major language.

Required Courses
In choosing the 30 hours of upper-level courses, students must include at least one course from each of the following areas:

  • Anthropology: 319 (Introduction to Latin American Society and Culture), 414 (Introduction to Caribbean Societies and Cultures), or another upper-level Anthropology course on Latin America.
  • History: 347 (Latin America: The Colonial Period), or 348 (Latin America: The National Period), or another upper-level History course on Latin America.
  • Literature: Spanish 381, Spanish 382 (Introduction to Latin American Literature, I and II), Portuguese 473 (Introduction to Brazilian Literature), or another upper-level course in Latin American literature.
  • Political Science: 347 (Government and Politics of Latin America), or another upper-level course in Latin American politics.

Elective Courses
The remainder of the 30 credits may be drawn from upper-level courses, from any department, that deal with Latin America and the Caribbean. These change from year to year. The program will normally make available during pre-registration a list of courses relating to Latin America and the Caribbean offered the following term. Students should consult with their individual faculty advisor and with the undergraduate advisor concerning appropriate courses for their program. It is particularly important for students to enroll during their sophomore and junior years in courses that will provide the necessary background for their subsequent thesis research.

Honors Concentration
Please see this page for more information about the LACS honors concentration.

Prospective concentrators should consult the director or the undergraduate advisor for guidance on courses. Normally, a concentration plan should reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the program and the themes that a student wishes to develop. Students should file a tentative concentration plan with the program in their junior year, and update it prior to graduation.

There are faculty advisors in many LSA departments for students wishing to discuss multi-departmental degree programs.