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Major in Latin American Studies

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 11 courses as follows:

  1. LAS/SPN 50 or 150 Latin American Civilization
  2. One of the following courses in Political Science:
    • PS 127: Latin American Politics
    • PS 138: Political Violence in State and Society
    • PS 170: Seminar: International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
    • PS 177: America and Democracy Abroad since 1898
  3. One of the following courses in Anthropology or Sociology:
    • ANTH 15: Native Peoples of South America [formerly ANTH 115]
    • ANTH 128: Mesoamerican Archaeology
    • ANTH 132: Myth, Ritual, and Symbol
    • ANTH 184: Festivals and Politics in Latin America
    • SOC 180: Cities of the Global South
  4. One of the following courses in Art History and/or Culture:
    • 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 92-01 Colonial Mexican Art & Architecture
    • FAH 280: Seminar in Latin American Art
    • FAHS 0101-01: A View of the Ancient Middle and South America
    • FAHS 0035-01: A Critical Perspective of the Americas
    • FAHS 0133-01: Maya Art and Architecture from Kings and the Courtly Elite to Modern Day Survivors
    • FAHS-100 A: Art of Ancient Mexico
    • FAHS 0131-01: The Art of Building Empire: An Examination of Hegemonic Strategies
    • FAHS 0001-02: Space, Place, and Ritual: Theories and Approaches in Understanding Architecture in Ancient America
    • FAHS 0142-01: Imagining and Possessing America: The Complexities of the Colonial View
    • FAHS 0170-01: Biting the Hand that Feeds?: A Reassessment of Collecting, Exhibiting, and Marketing Art and Culture
    • FAHS 0037-01: Mexico City: From Floating Gardens to Elevated Highways
    • SPN 91/SPN92: Latin American Topics (in English)
  5. One of the following courses in Literature and/or Culture (all of these courses have an advanced language prerequisite):
    • SPN 34: Survey of Latin American Literature from Pre-conquest through Independence
    • SPN 35: Survey of Latin American Literature from Modernism to the Present
    • SPN 101: Latin American Theatre
    • SPN 102: Latin American Short Story
    • SPN 103: Contemporary Latin American Novel
    • SPN 104: Poetry in Spanish America
    • SPN 105: The Dictator in the Latin American Novel
    • SPN 106: Literature and Revolution: Mexico and Cuba
    • SPN 107: Testimonial Literature of Latin America
    • SPN 108: Latin American Women Writers
    • SPN 50/150: Latin American Civilization
    • SPN 156: Afro-Latin American Literature
    • SPN 191/SPN192: Special Topics: Latin American literature or civilization
  6. One of the following courses in History:
    • HST 18: Colonial Latin America [formerly HST 77]
    • HST 19: Modern Latin America [formerly HST 78]
    • HST 115: Revolution in Latin America: Mexico and Cuba [formerly HST 160]
    • HST 116: Revolution in Central & South America [formerly HST 161]
    • HST 192: Research Seminar in Latin American History [formerly HST 186]
  7. Four electives from any of the approved courses listed. One of these electives may be a Latino Studies course upon approval of the LAS program director. If a student decides to write a Senior Thesis, one of these electives will be the first semester of the Senior Thesis.
  8. 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 NOTE: 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This list may be incomplete, and the class times are subject to change. 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 tLAS 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.

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.