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Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies

Major Requirements 

 

A total of 13 classes (52 units) are required to complete the major in Latin American Studies, 12 of which (48 units) must be upper-division. These courses need to be approved Latin American Studies classes in the humanities and social sciences. All courses must be taken for a letter grade and students must earn at least a C- in each course counted toward the major, with the sole exception of LATI 199.

Major in Latin American Studies

LOWER DIVISION COURSES:

  • LATI 50: Introduction to Latin America (4 units)
  • Foreigh Language Proficiency: Students can fulfill this requirement through a placement test, studying abroad in a UCSD-approved program, or completing one of the following courses in Spanish or Portuguese Literature: 
    • LTSP 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, or 2E
    •  LIPO 1D/1DX, 15, 16, or 17

Please note, the courses listed above do not include the additional course work that may be need to meet the language requirement.

UPPER DIVISION COURSES:

  • Three of the following courses: (12 units)
    • HILA 102: Latin America in the Twentieth Century
    • SOCI 188D: Latin America: Society & Politics
    • POLI 146A: US-Latin America: Political/Economics Relations
    • LTSP 133: Contemporary Latin American Literature
    • LATI 150: Digital Oral History in Latin America (NEW WI21)
  • LATI 180: Special Topics in Latin American Studies (4 units)
  • LATI 190: Senior Seminar (4 units)
  • One Research Methods Elective course from approved list. (4 units) See LAS Method courses 2019-2020.
  • Six elective courses from the list of approved Latin American Studies Courses, from at least three different departments (24 units). See Latin American Studies General Catalog for a complete list of courses. 

Major in Latin American Studies with a concentration in Mexico

Major in Latin American Studies with a concentration in Mexico

 

Lower-Division Requirements
  • LATI 50: Introduction to Latin America (four units)
  • Foreigh Language Proficiency: Students can fulfill this requirement through a placement test, studying abroad in a UCSD-approved program, or completing one of the following courses in Spanish or Portuguese Literature: 
    • LTSP 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, or 2E
    •  LIPO 1D/1DX, 15, 16, or 17
Please note, the courses listed above do not include the additional course work that may be need to meet the language requirement.
 
Upper-Division Requirements
  1. Three of the following core courses (twelve units):
    • HILA 102. Latin America in the Twentieth Century 
    • SOCI 188D. Latin America: Society and Politics 
    • POLI 146A. U.S.–Latin America: Political/Economic Relations 
    • LTSP 133. Contemporary Latin American Literature 
    • LATI 150: Digital Oral History in Latin America (NEW WI21)
  1. LATI 180. Special Topics in Latin American Studies (four units)
  2. One Research Methods Elective course from approved list. See LAS Method courses 2019-2020.
  3. Five elective courses focusing on Mexico from the following list: ANSC 151, ECON 162, HILA 131, HILA 132, HIUS 158/ETHN 130, HIUS 159/ETH 131, HIUS 167/267/ETHN 180, ETHN 116, ETHN 154, LTSP 135A, LTSP 135B, LTSP 172, POLI 134B, COMM 140, SOCI 133, SOCI 188, SOCI 109M (twenty units)
  4. One elective course from the list of approved Latin American Studies Courses, from at least three different departments. See Latin American Studies General Catalog for a complete list of courses.
  5. LATI 190. Senior Seminar (four units)

 

Major in Latin American Studies with a concentration in Migration and Border Studies

Major in Latin American Studies with a concentration in Migration and Border Studies

 
Lower-Division Requirements
  • LATI 50: Introduction to Latin America (four units)
  • Foreigh Language Proficiency: Students can fulfill this requirement through a placement test, studying abroad in a UCSD-approved program, or completing one of the following courses in Spanish or Portuguese Literature: 
    • LTSP 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, or 2E
    •  LIPO 1D/1DX, 15, 16, or 17
Please note, the courses listed above do not include the additional course work that may be need to meet the language requirement.
 
Upper-Division Requirements
  1. Three of the following core courses (twelve units):
    • HILA 102. Latin America in the Twentieth Century 
    • SOCI 188D. Latin America: Society and Politics 
    • POLI 146A. U.S.–Latin America: Political/Economic Relations 
    • LTSP 133. Contemporary Latin American Literature 
    • LATI 150: Digital Oral History in Latin America (NEW WI21)
  1. LATI 180. Special Topics in Latin American Studies (four units)
  2. One Research Methods Elective course from approved list. See LAS Method courses 2019-2020.
  3. Five elective courses focusing on migration and border studies from the following list:  ETHN 116, ETHN 127, ETHN 130, ETHN 131, ETHN 154/HIUS 113, SOC 133, SOC 188, SOC 109M (twenty units)
  4. ne elective course from the list of approved Latin American Studies Courses, from at least three different departments. See Latin American Studies General Catalog for a complete list of courses.
  5. LATI 190. Senior Seminar (four units)

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Honors Program

The Latin American Studies Program offers an Honors Program to those students who have demonstrated excellence in the Latin American Studies Major. Successful completion of the Honors Program enables the student to graduate "With Highest Distinction," "With High Distinction," or “With Distinction," depending upon their performance in the program.

To receive honors, a student must:

  • Satisfy all lower-division requirements of the major program.
  • Complete 36 of the upper-division units.
  • Complete 12 units in a three-course sequence in the senior year consisting of LATI 199: Individual Study, LATI 190: Senior Seminar, and LATI 191: Honors Seminar.
  • Produce an original thesis based on primary research under the direction of a mentor selected from the Latin Americanist faculty and defend this thesis during the Spring Quarter before an interdisciplinary faculty committee.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major.

Click here for more information on the Honors Program and Application.

Please view our Four-Year Plan to help define your study plan. The plan should be used in combination with the general education requirements from your college. Please be aware that some courses are only offered once each year.

Students are encouraged to complete the lower-division prerequisites before they enroll in upper-division courses.