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Undergraduate Major in LAC Studies

Program Director: Jose Moya, 413 Lehman, Barnard College
Student Affairs Coordinator: Eliza Kwon-Ahn, 827 International Affairs Building

The Major in Regional Studies in Latin America is designed to give undergraduates the general mastery of a discipline and at the same time permit them to do specialized work in the language, history, and culture of the Latin American region. Students take core courses that give them grounding in the language, history, politics, and cultures of Latin America as well as courses in a discipline of choice. The disciplines of choice include anthropology, art history and archaeology, economics, history, music, political science, sociology, Spanish and Portuguese, and urban studies. A minimum of 31points is needed to fulfill the requirements for the Major in Regional Studies in Latin America. The Institute of Latin American Studies coordinates the major and offers access to research support, study abroad options, and linkages and credits toward the MA program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

 

Requirement for the Major in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
(Download the form to declare an undergraduate major in Latin American and Caribbean Studies here)

The minimum number of credits is 31. Up to 12 credits for requirement C (Discipline of Choice) can be earned through study abroad. Students are strongly encouraged to explore study abroad options before their junior year. Upon return, they should submit syllabi and all coursework related to each course taken abroad for approval by the director of undergraduate studies.

A.    Five courses from the following six courses:

1. SPAN W3300:       Advanced Language through Content (with Latin American focus)
2. LACV C1020:        Primary Texts of Latin American Civilization
3. HIST W3660:         Latin American civilization, I
4. HIST W3661:         Latin American civilization, II
5. HIST W3618:         The Modern Caribbean
6. POLS W4461:        Latin American Politics

B.     One course on Spanish, Portuguese, or an indigenous language at the intermediate or advanced level: If students can demonstrate advance knowledge of one of these languages they can replace this course with a course on other languages at any level

C.     Discipline of Choice: Four courses in a discipline or theme of choice with substantive focus on Latin America. One of these courses must be a seminar. All students, however, need to take at least 2 courses in a discipline or theme outside of their specialization. The director of undergraduate studies advises students on areas of specialization and must approve courses with substantial Latin American or Caribbean contents not included in the list of eligible courses.

 

For a Concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
(Download the form to declare a concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies here

The Concentration in Regional Studies in Latin America is designed to give undergraduates the general mastery of a discipline and at the same time permit them to do specialized work in the language, history, and culture of the Latin American region. Students take core courses that give them grounding in the language, history, politics, and cultures of Latin America as well as courses in a discipline of choice. The disciplines of choice include anthropology, art history and archaeology, economics, history, music, political science, sociology, Spanish and Portuguese, and urban studies. A minimum of 18 credits is needed to fulfill the requirements for the Concentration in Regional Studies in Latin America.The concentration requires a minimum of 18 points as follows:

The minimum number of credits is 18.  Up to 6 credits for requirement C (Discipline of Choice) can be earned through study abroad. Students are strongly encouraged to explore study abroad options before their junior year. Upon return, they should submit syllabi and all coursework related to each course taken abroad for approval by the director of undergraduate studies.

A.    Three courses from the following six courses:

1. SPAN W3300:       Advanced Language through Content (with Latin American focus)
2. LACV C1020:        Primary Texts of Latin American Civilization
3. HIST W3660:         Latin American civilization, I
4. HIST W3661:         Latin American civilization, II
5. HIST W3618:         The Modern Caribbean
6. POLS W4461:        Latin American Politics

B.     One course on Spanish, Portuguese, or an indigenous language at the intermediate or advanced level: If students can demonstrate advance knowledge of one of these languages they can replace this course with a course on other languages at any level.

C.     Discipline of Choice: Two courses in a discipline or theme of choice with substantive focus on Latin America. One of these courses must be a seminar. All students, however, need to take at least 2 courses in a discipline or theme outside of their specialization. The director of undergraduate studies advises students on areas of specialization and must approve courses with substantial Latin American or Caribbean contents not included in the list of eligible courses.Current students should become familair with the requirements and policies of Columbia College found here.