Major in Latin American Studies

Students may complete a major in Latin American studies by completing or testing out of the Millsaps elementary/intermediate language sequence (1000-1010-2000; 12 sem. hours) and by completing an additional 42 semester hours (ten courses and an internship) At least four semester hours must be completed abroad. Coursework will be concentrated as follows.

Introductory Component

All students must take Millsaps’ Introduction to Latin American Studies seminar (4 sem. hours).

Language Component

All students will be required to study Spanish, or may petition to substitute another language of the region when appropriate. Students majoring in LAS must complete or test out of the elementary/intermediate language sequence (1000-1010-2000; 12 sem. hours) and complete three additional Spanish courses, one of which must be a literature course (12 sem. hours).

Multidisciplinary Component

Students will take five courses (20 sem. hours) from a list of approved electives provided by the director of the LAS program. Twelve semester hours should be concentrated in a specified area of interest, with at least eight semester hours undertaken in two different areas of study. No more than eight semester hours may come from language courses beyond those that are required for the LAS major.

Further Components

Senior Seminar and Comprehensive Exams (4900; 4 sem. hours). Students will take written and oral examinations administered by the Latin American Studies Committee. The LAS major should also complete an internship oriented toward service, either abroad or in the local Latin American community (2 sem. hours).

Minor in Latin American Studies

Students may complete a minor in Latin American studies with a total of 22 semester hours concentrated in the following areas (study abroad is optional). Minors must complete the Introduction to Latin American Studies seminar (4 sem. hours).

Language Component

Spanish language study is required. In addition to completing or testing out of the elementary/intermediate language sequence (1000-1010-2000; 12 sem. hours), the LAS minor must complete a minimum of two additional Spanish courses (8 sem. hours).

Multidisciplinary Component

Minors must take a minimum of two additional courses (8 sem. hours) from a list of elective courses provided by the LAS program committee. These electives should not be taken in the same department.

Electives include but are not limited to:

  • ADMN 4750 Global Business and Law
  • BIOL 3210 Tropical Field Biology
  • BIOL 3310 Ornithology Field Biology
  • BIOL 3210 Tropical Field Entomology Course
  • BIOL 3350 Conservation Biology
  • ECON 3040 International Economics
  • ENVS 2000 Applied Ecological Design
  • HIST 2600 Colonial Latin America
  • PLSC 2000 Comparative Government
  • PLSC 2400 International Relations
  • PLSC 3610 International Organizations
  • PLSC 4300 Developing Nations
  • PLSC 4400 Peace, Conflict Resolution, and International Security
  • SOAN 3300 Health and Illness

Modern Languages:

  • SPAN 2110 Contemporary Hispanic Culture
  • SPAN 2152 Learning Spanish Through Service Learning
  • SPAN 2750-2753 Special Topics
  • SPAN 3200 Survey of Peninsular Literature up to 1700
  • SPAN 3210 Survey of Spanish-American Literature Through Modernism
  • SPAN 3310 Survey of Spanish American Literature from Late Modernism to the Present
  • SPAN 3750-3753 Special Topics
  • SPAN 3770 Modernism—Post Modernism
  • SPAN 3780 Studies in 19th Century Peninsular Literature
  • SPAN 4750 Special Studies in Spanish
  • RLST 3850 Directed Study in Liberation Theology
  • SOAN 3110 Maya Archaeology or Mesoamerican Archaeology

Costa Rica:

  • SPAN 2152 Learning Spanish Through Service Learning
  • SPAN 2750-2753 Special Topics
  • SPAN 3750-3753 Special Topics