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