LAS Undergraduate Studies


The major in Latin American Studies program is a regionally focused, in-depth study of the history, politics, art, and economy of Latin America. The region is defined geographically by the 20 independent countries in the western hemisphere south of the United States with Spanish, French, or Portuguese as the official language.

Both major and minor studies combine a focus on pre-Columbian and historical context, art and literature, and current social, economic, political, and foreign policy context. It also includes substantial study of Spanish or Portuguese to gain competence in a language used extensively in the region.

Boston University has five Study Abroad programs in Latin America: a semester or academic year in Quito, Ecuador, at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito; and a summer in Lima and Ayacucho, Peru, at the Universidad Católica and the Universidad Nacional de San Cristóbal de Huamanga; and an intensive Portuguese Language Program in Rio de Janeiro; a summer cultural program in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the Universidad de Palermo; and a semester in Guatemala through the Guatemala Archaeology Program (offered in the spring semester of even-numbered years). LAS majors are highly encouraged to do at least a semester abroad. Courses in these programs count toward the Latin American Studies major requirements.

Faculty members closely advise each student in selecting courses to ensure intellectual coherence between the student’s area of interest and coursework.