Undergraduate

Major Requirements

The new major in Latin American Studies offers students the opportunity to combine the approaches of several academic disciplines in a focused study of the region. In recent decades, Latin America has become a field of rapid development in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The major's interdisciplinary approach integrates historical, social, political, economic and cultural perspectives at both national and regional levels.

Requirements for the Latin American Studies major consist of 10 courses as follows (This is NOT a complete list, please consult each Department's listing):

  1. Three courses in the Social Sciences or History:
    • ANTH 128: Mesoamerican Archeaology
    • ANTH 16: Intr. Latinx Cultures*
    • HST 18: Colonial Latin America
    • HST 19: Modern Latin America
    • HST 115: Revolution in Latin America: Mexico and Cuba
    • HST 116: Revolution in Central & South America
    • HST 192: Research Seminar in Latin American History
    • PS 127: Latin American Politics
    • PS 138: Political Violence in State and Society
    • PS 170: Seminar: International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
    • SOC 188: Comparative Social Inequality
    • SOC 050: Globalization and Social Change
    • SOC 072: Sociology of Latinxs**
    • SOC 148: Latin American Society
       
  2. Three courses in Art History, Literature or Culture (at least one course must have an advanced Language pre-requisite):
    • DR 51: Latino Theatre and Film**
    • DR 70: Latin American Theatre and Film
    • FAH 7: Introduction to Latin American Art
    • FAH 81/181: Twentieth-Century Mexican Art
    • FAH 83/183: Gender in Latin American Art
    • FAH 84/184: Latin American Cinema
    • FAH 280: Decolonial Aesthetics**
    • POR 151: Sounds of Brazil
    • POR 152: Images of Brazil
    • POR 126: Portuguese in the Community
    • POR 191/192: Special Topics
    • SPN 31: Survey of Latin American Literature from Nation Building to the 21st Century
    • SPN 33:Survey of Latin American Literature from Colonial Times to Nation Building
    • SPN 50/150: Latin American Civilization
    • SPN 104: Poetry in Spanish America
    • SPN 107: Testimonial and Chronicle Writing of Latin America
    • SPN 108: Latin American Women Writers
    • SPN 148: Health in the Spanish Speaking-World
    • SPN 151: New Latin American Film
    • SPN 152: Latin American Cinema 
    • SPN 153: Borges and the Encyclopedia of the World
    • SPN 154: Experiments with Reality in Latin American Fiction
    • SPN 155: Film and Representation in Latin America
    • SPN 159: Mapping the Latin American Metropolis
    • SPN 180/VISC 192: Icons of Latin America
    • SPN 184: Mexican Cinema & Identity
    • SPN 191/SPN192: Special Topics: Latin American literature or civilization
    • VMS 80 A view of Ancient Middle and South American Art
    • VMS 155: Reimagining the Americas, Colonialism, and Visual Culture
    • VMS 190: The Art of Building Empire
    • VMS 182: Art of the Maya: Ancient Cultures and Modern Survivors
    • VISC 192/SPN 180: Icons of Latin America
       
  3. Three electives from any of the approved courses listed. One of these electives may be a Latino Studies course or a Natural Science course (if specific to Latin America) upon approval of the LAS program director. An internship may also be considered with the approval of the director. If a student decides to write a Senior Thesis, one of these electives will be the first semester of the Senior Thesis.
     
  4. One Senior Seminar or a one-semester Independent Research Project LAS 197/198 (in consultation with the Major adviser), or the second semester of a Senior Thesis.  
     

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • At least one of the requirements must focus on pre-20th century Latin America and at least one of the requirements must focus on indigenous cultures/societies.
  • This list is a sample of courses but is NOT a complete list. Before you register, consult the listings in the course's home department.
     

Courses listed with an asterisk (*) are not exclusively concerned with Latin American material. Students who wish to count these courses for LAS must first consult with the course instructor, they must focus their course work on appropriate LAS topics, and they must complete a Course Content Certification Form. Students may count no more than one asterisked course for the minor.

Courses listed with a double asterisk (**) are Latino Studies courses. Students may credit no more than one Latino Studies course for the major or minor.

Advising

Students may contact any of the LAS faculty for advising.

Research Resources

Students thinking about conducting a research project, such as a senior thesis, should be aware of the numerous support programs and publication opportunities on Tufts campus. For details about this program visit the Academic Resource Center website.