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The Major

The major in Latin American & Latina/o studies builds on a basic understanding of the history of Latin America and a developing proficiency in Spanish (a reading knowledge of Portuguese is also recommended). Following this, a program of studies is developed that includes courses related to Spanish America and/or Brazil from the disciplines of anthropology, art, dance, economics, government, history, literature, sociology and theatre.



A reading knowledge of Portuguese and/or one course related to Brazil is recommended.

Five-Year Option with Georgetown University

Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in LAS have the option of completing an M.A. in Latin American studies at Georgetown University in only one extra year and a summer. Those interested must consult with an LAS adviser during their sophomore year or early in their junior year.

Students primarily interested in Latin American literature may wish to consult the major programs available in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

The Minor in Latin American Studies


Six courses dealing with Latin America to be selected from anthropology, art, economics, government, history and literature. They must include HST 260, HST 261, and SPN 260 or SPN 261, and at least one course at the 300-level.

The Minor in Latino/a Studies


Students may count one course in Latino/a studies from another Five College institution toward the minor; students may also substitute a Spanish-language class at the 200-level for SLL 260/SLL 261.