Latin American Studies Bachelor of Arts Program
Students graduating with a major in Latin American Studies go on to a variety of careers in government, business, non-profit organizations, and teaching. Many choose to attend graduate school in the social sciences, law, business or public health. Our alumni include lawyers, high school, community college and ESL teachers, university researchers, US Foreign Service and military officers, Peace Corps volunteers, translators, journalists, and employees of international divisions of corporations, financial institutions and non-governmental organizations (such as the Nature Conservancy).
Requirements for a Major in Latin American Studies
Students must complete a minimum of 30 units for the major.
Complete four courses (12 units) in Contemporary Latin American Topics:
LAS 348, 354, 363, 364, 365, and 367 meet this requirement. See the course catalog for descriptions.
Complete 12 units of elective courses. Students my complete up to 6 units of elective credit through an internship.
- Language Requirement (3 units):
Students must complete Portuguese 299 or higher, or Spanish 250 or higher.
LAS 498 Senior Capstone (3 units)-- Only offered during spring semester.
Latin American Immersion Experience: Latin American Studies majors are strongly encouraged to undertake a learning experience that directly connects them with a Latin American country and its people. Ideally, students will study abroad in Mexico, Central or South America or the Hispanic Caribbean. Summer language and cultural programs likewise provide excellent opportunities to meet this expectation. The LAS major advisor, in coordination with the Study Abroad Office, will assist students in selecting a foreign study experience. An international internship experience, even one conducted in the United States, perhaps along the border with Mexico, also would provide a valuable immersion experience.
Internships: Many students complete 3 to 6 credits of internships as part of the LAS major. For more information contact an advisor or review a list of recent internships. The LAS major advisor will work with the students in selecting and coordinating an internship. Currently, the U of A’s Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology and the local NGO Borderlinks offer transnational internship opportunities along the U.S. – Mexico border.