Latin American & Latino Studies, BA

The Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) Program offers an interdisciplinary major and minor to study the history, arts, languages, cultures, societies, politics, and/or regional organizations of Latin American and Caribbean countries as well as Latino communities and individuals in the United States. With courses offered across many departments in the School of Arts and Sciences, in study abroad programs taught throughout Latin American cities, and with academically based community service courses with Latino organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area, the LALS major and minor afford our students a very comprehensive approach to Latin American and Latino Studies as well as the possibility of a flexible curriculum, where students can pursue and combine their academic interests.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 32. Double majors may entail more course units. 

Students must satisfy the Language Requirement in Spanish or Portuguese. Language courses under 219 may not be counted.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Core Cluster Requirement
Select 1 course unit in Social Science courses1
Select 1 course unit in History courses1
Select 1 course unit in Criticism courses1
Regional Experience Prior to 1820
Select 2 course units in Regional Experience Prior to 1820 courses2
Experiences in the Latino Diaspora
Select 1 course unit of Experiences in the Latino Diaspora courses1
Electives
Select 6 course units of Electives6
Research Requirement
Independent Study (or approved alternative)
Total Course Units32
1

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2017 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.