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2015 - 2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015 - 2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Global Studies, Latin American Studies Concentration, BA

Common Core Courses:

All majors are required to take one of the following introductory courses:


All majors are required to take:

Multi-disciplinary Concentrations (18 Credits Total)

Upon declaration of the major students will identify two disciplinary “concentrations” that will guide their course of study. Choices for disciplinary concentrations include: Anthropology,  Art History, Economics, Government, Hispanic Studies, History, and Sociology. To meet this requirement students must take 9 credits (equivalent to 3 courses with a minimum of 3  credits each) from among the courses offered in each of these two disciplines. At least 3 of these courses must be 300-level or above. See below for course listings by discipline. Other courses in topics in Latin American and Latino Studies not listed below may count, but are subject to approval by program director.

Immersion Experience

The immersion experience is defined as an experience beyond the William and Mary classroom clearly linked to Latin America or Latinos residing in other parts of the world. Its purpose is to develop students’ awareness of issues impacting Latin American countries and people. The immersion experience is designed to give students an opportunity to apply their in-class learning to real-world situations and develop frameworks for engaging real-world issues affecting Latin American cultures, nations, and communities. The immersion experience may be tied to a service learning opportunity or study abroad. Students can also satisfy this requirement through an internship that focuses on Latin American or Latino issues in the United States. This is a non-credit bearing requirement. Students who fulfill this requirement by participating in a William and Mary study abroad program or through a LAS-affiliated program such the Borderlands, SOMOS, MANOS or the National Security Archives programs should complete a pre-approval form (available on the LAS web-site) and enroll in LAS 400. In other cases fulfillment of the immersion requirement is subject to the approval of the student’s major advisor or the LAS program director.

Language Requirement

The concentration in Latin American Studies includes a language requirement that exceeds the College-wide proficiency requirement. The requirement can be met with three credits at the 300-level or above taught in a target language spoken in the region. Although the College is not currently able to offer languages beyond Spanish, a student could count another language (for example, Portuguese or Nahuatl) provided they can demonstrate proficiency through accredited academic courses taken domestically or abroad. In special cases this requirement can also be satisfied by an equivalent language immersion experience subject to approval by the LAS program director.

Senior seminar:

This requirement is met by taking a 400-level seminar (3 credits) from the courses listed in the Latin American curriculum. Senior seminars will be cross-listed as LAS 450 . It is suggested that the senior seminar be fulfilled with a course from one of the disciplinary concentrations. If this requirement is fulfilled in this way, students must still take a total of 33 credits in the LAS major through an additional course. The senior seminar requirement can also be fulfilled through the pursuit of honors in Latin American Studies.


The elective requirement can be met by taking 2 courses (6 credits) from course offerings in Latin American Studies; these courses need not fall within one of the chosen disciplinary concentrations. Additional elective courses with Latin American Studies designations are listed below.

Course Listings:


Art History



Hispanic Studies