Requirements

Latin American Studies Major

The major consists of nine courses:

Required Courses
Select one course offering a survey of cultural production (literature, art, music, mass media, etc.) in Latin America in Spanish, French, or Portuguese from the following:1
LAS 2407
Francophone Cultures
LAS 2409
Introduction to Hispanic Studies: Poetry and Theater
LAS 2410
Introduction to Hispanic Studies: Essay and Narrative
Select one course in Latin American history covering several countries and periods in the region such as LAS 2401, LAS 2402, or LAS 2403.1
Select one intermediate course (2500–2799) in the social sciences (anthropology, economics, government, psychology, or sociology) that focuses on Latin America or Latinx in the United States. a1
Select a concentration of four additional courses centered on a particular theme —e.g., identity and inequality; or geographic region, e.g., the Andes, Caribbean—selected by each major in consultation with a faculty advisor in the Latin American Studies Program. b4
Select an elective course in Latin American studies outside the student’s concentration.1
Select an advanced course (3000–3999) or advanced independent study in Latin American studies.1

Latin American Studies Minor

 

The minor consists of five courses.

Required Courses
Select one Hispanic studies course at Bowdoin beyond HISP 2204 Intermediate Spanish II (or another appropriate language).1
Select one course in Latin American history covering several countries and periods in the region such as LAS 2401, LAS 2402, or LAS 2403.1
Select three additional courses, two of which must be taken from disciplines outside the student’s major department(s).3

Additional Information and Program Policies

  • A maximum of three courses from off-campus study programs may count toward the major and two courses from off-campus study programs may count toward the minor with the approval of the director of Latin American studies.
  • Courses that count toward the major or minor must be taken for regular letter grades (not Credit/D/Fail), and students must earn grades of C- or better in these courses.
  • A student may count a first-year seminar toward the major or minor elective requirements.

Independent Studies and Honors Projects

Independent studies can meet requirements for the major or minor only with approval by the director of Latin American studies of a written prospectus of the project. Students contemplating honors candidacy must have established records of A and B grades in program course offerings and must present clearly articulated proposals for scholarly research. Students must prepare and defend an honors thesis before a program faculty committee.


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