LAS Undergraduate Program Description

MAJOR CONCENTRATION IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

The Latin American Studies (LAS) major provides students with a broad, solid grounding in the culture, politics, economics, and social life of Latin America today and historically. The major consists of 10 non-language courses, 1 of which is IR 410 Latin America Today. Of the courses, 2 must be taken in each of 3 Context Groups: (1) Historical, (2) Literary, Artistic, and Cultural, and (3) Contemporary Context. Also required is IR410 Latin America Today: An Interdisciplinary Approach, and coursework through the 5th semester in either Spanish or Portuguese.

Requirements of the Major

  • Two courses in Group 1: Historical Context
  • Two courses in Group 2: Literary, Artistic & Cultural Context
  • Two courses in Group 3: Contemporary Context
  • Three elective courses in Latin American Studies
  • IR 410 Latin America Today: An Interdisciplinary Approach
  • Eight of the 10 non-language courses must be at the 300 level or higher level
  • Coursework through the fifth semester in either Spanish or Portuguese
  • All courses for the major must be completed with grades of C or higher

Coursework

Group Coursework

Coursework toward the LAS major is divided into three topical groups: Historical Context, Literary, Artistic & Cultural Context, and Contemporary Context.  Students choose at least two classes from each of the three groups. Courses available in each group can be found by following the links below.

Group 1: Historical Context Group 2: Literary, Artistic & Cultural Context Group 3: Contemporary Context

Elective Courses

Students choose (at least) three electives from the three groups of LAS coursework.

Capstone Seminar

All students must take IR 410 Latin America Today: An Interdisciplinary Approach. This course includes presentations by various faculty in the Latin American program on their special areas of expertise.

Course Level Requirement

In choosing their coursework, LAS majors also must follow requirements regarding the level of the courses they are taking.  The requirements is:

  • Eight of the 10 non-language courses must be at the 300 level or higher level

Language Requirement

Students are required to take language courses through the fifth semester in either Spanish or Portuguese.  This is one course more than is required to satisfy the College of Arts & Sciences language requirement.

Note that students are required to take language courses through the fifth semester, not necessarily five semesters of courses.  Thus, if a student has AP credit for one or more courses, that student would only need to take language courses through the fifth semester, which would total less than five classes.

Study Abroad

Courses taken in Argentina, Ecuador, or Peru with Boston University’s Study Abroad Programs can count toward satisfying Latin American Program requirements for the major.

 

MINOR CONCENTRATION IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

The LAS minor enables students in other majors to develop a flexible and versatile minor concentration in Latin American Studies. The minor concentration consists of six courses.

Courses taken in Argentina, Ecuador, or Peru with Boston University’s Study Abroad Programs can count toward satisfying program requirements for the minor.

Requirements of the Minor

  • At least one course from each of the three Context Area course groupings: (1) Literary, Artistic, and Cultural Context; (2) Historical Context; and (3) Contemporary Context.
  • Three additional courses on Latin America, from any of the Context Areas.
  • Three of the courses must be at the 300 or higher level (with at least one course at the 400 or higher level)
  • IR 410 Latin America Today is recommended, but not required.
  • A grade of C or higher is required for all courses.