Advising in Latin American Studies

Exploring a Major or Minor

  • We encourage you to make an advising appointment with the director, Patrick McEwan. Please contact him at Also feel free to ask questions of affiliated faculty.

  • We recommend that you start by taking courses that fulfill the language requirement or the regional survey requirement. Language requirements include courses at the level of SPAN 241 or higher (or PORT 241 or higher). Regional survey requirements include ANTH 245ECON 241HIST 207HIST 211LAST 101SPAN 273, or SPAN 275. When it is offered, we highly recommend that you take LAST 101 (Introduction to Latin American Studies). 

Declaring a Major or Minor

  • Sophomores must declare a major by December 1 if they plan on studying abroad in their junior years. This usually applies to Latin American Studies majors. Otherwise, sophomores must declare a major by March 1.
  • Students can declare a minor at any time.
  • Students should devise a major or minor plan in consultation with the director of Latin American Studies and a faculty advisor.
  • The Registrar explains the procedure for submitting on-line declarations.

Advising for Current Majors and Minors

  • Before registration weeks in Fall and Spring, students should consult the list of approved courses and schedule an appoinment with their major or minor advisor.
  • In order to obtain major or minor credit for courses taken at another college or university—in the U.S. or abroad—students must obtain the director’s approval, preferably before choosing the course.