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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Latin American & Iberian Studies (BA)

University Requirements:

College Requirements:

College Breadth Requirements:

The College Breadth requirements are in addition to the University Breadth requirement. Up to three credits from each of the University Breadth Requirement categories may be used to simultaneously satisfy these College of Arts and Sciences Breadth Requirements. Minimum grade C- required for courses used to satisfy College Breadth.

*If the grade earned is sufficient, a course may be applied toward more than one requirement (e.g., breadth and major requirements), but the credits are counted only once toward the total credits for graduation. If all but one course in a group has been taken in one department or program, a course cross-listed with that program will not satisfy the distribution requirement.

Foreign Language:

  • Completion of the intermediate-level course (107 or 202) in an ancient or modern language with minimum grades of D-.
    • The number of credits (0-12) needed and initial placement will depend on the number of years of high school study of foreign language.
      • Students with four or more years of high school work in a single foreign language, or who have gained proficiency in a foreign language by other means, may attempt to fulfill the requirement in that language by taking an exemption examination  through the Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department.


The math requirement must be completed by the time a student has earned 60 credits. Students who transfer into the College of Arts and Sciences with 45 credits or more must complete this requirement within two semesters.

Complete one of the following four options (minimum grade D-):

Option One:

Option Two:

One of the following:

Option Three:

Successful completion of any 200-level or higher mathematics course except: MATH 201 , MATH 202 , MATH 205 , MATH 251 , MATH 252 , MATH 253 , and MATH 266 .

Option Four:

  • Successful performance on a proficiency test in mathematics administered by the Department of Mathematical Sciences (0 credits awarded).

Second Writing Requirement:

A Second Writing Requirement  approved by the College of Arts and Sciences. This course must be taken after completion of 60 credit hours, completed with a minimum grade of C-, and the section enrolled must be designated as satisfying the requirement in the academic term completed.

Major Requirements:

Anthropology and Political Science:

Two of the following:

Two of the following:

*May be selected from the courses listed above or from the following:

Language Requirement:

Study Abroad:

Study abroad at a Latin American or Iberian site for either a semester, or a winter or summer session, is highly recommended. The Buenos Aires and Granada semester-long programs are particularly suitable for Latin American & Iberian Studies majors and minors. They provide intensive training in Spanish language and offer a variety of LAIS-approved courses.  Students may receive up to 12 credits towards their LAIS major while abroad.

Advisement and Substitutions:

In selecting courses for the major, students are encouraged to meet with the Latin American & Iberian Studies advisor and choose courses that together reflect a regional (e.g. Mexico, Caribbean, Central or South America) or topical (e.g. colonialism, development, culture) focus. Substitutions for specified courses may be made with permission of the Director of Latin American & Iberian Studies.


After required courses are completed, sufficient elective credits must be taken, in consultation with the student’s academic advisor, to meet the minimum credit requirement for the degree. Electives must be formally approved and submitted by the Department Chair or their designee (Associate Chair, Undergraduate Coordinator, etc.).

Credits to Total a Minimum of 124

Last Revised for 2018-2019 Academic Year