Major & Minor

Requirements for the Major and Minor

Major

The Latin American Studies major requires a minimum of nine units in at least three departments. Before declaring a major, students should consult with a faculty advisor and the Director of Latin American Studies; both must approve the major plan. Requirements include

  • Two language units at the level of SPAN 241 or higher, or PORT 241 or higher.
  • Two regional survey units, chosen from ANTH 245, ECON 241, HIST 206, HIST 207, LAST 101, or SPAN 275. When it is offered, students are strongly encouraged to take LAST 101. With the director’s permission, students may take one regional survey at MIT (chosen from 17.145, 21G.084[J], or 21H.171).
  • Five elective units, including at least two units of approved humanities courses (at least one of which must be at the 300 level), and at least two units of approved social science courses (at least one of which must be at the 300 level). Some approved courses require students to complete a paper on Latin America as a condition of approval; students may take no more than two units of such courses.

Minor

The Latin American Studies minor requires a minimum of five units in at least three departments. Before declaring a minor, students should consult with a faculty advisor and the Director of Latin American Studies; both must approve the minor plan. Requirements include:

  • One regional survey unit, chosen from ANTH 245, ECON 241, HIST 206, HIST 207, LAST 101, or SPAN 275. When it is offered, students are strongly encouraged to take LAST 101.
  • Four elective units, including two units of approved humanities courses and two units of approved social science courses. At least one of the units must be at the 300 level. Some approved courses require students to complete a paper on Latin America as a condition of approval; students may take no more than one unit of such courses.