Kimberly Eison Simmons, Ph.D., Director
The Latin American Studies Program is an interdisciplinary, broadly based undergraduate degree program that offers courses in Latin American history, politics, anthropology, geography, and literature. Students can select from an array of courses that enable them to explore Latin America from a variety of perspectives while also having the opportunity to focus their studies on a particular field. LASP majors are encouraged to undertake a study abroad program and are eligible for financial support for such educational endeavors in Latin America. Students earn the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Latin American Studies.
The major requires 24 hours of course work in Latin American studies. Students majoring in Latin American studies must also complete a cognate (preferably with all courses from a single discipline), a minor, or a double major but are encouraged to pursue a double major. The minor in Latin American studies requires 18 hours of course work, including at least one course from two of four disciplinary groups.
Students pursuing either the major or minor are required to choose Spanish or Portuguese as their language of study. Minors must complete one three-hour course at the 200 level; majors must complete at least one 3-hour course at the 300 level. This course can be applied to the general education requirements. It is encouraged also that students will pursue study or supervised fieldwork in Latin America as part of the degree program.
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