Major and Minor

Our program allows students to approach Latin American and Latinx cultures in all their diversity of expression - not only "high culture" but also folk and other forms, from pre-Columbian times to the present, from Rio de Janeiro to New York and beyond. Ibero-America is a focal point from which undergraduates may reach out toward scholarly research on the pre-Columbian societies of the Americas, Spain and Portugal, the non-Hispanic Caribbean, and Latinx communities in the United States. The Latin American and Latinx Studies (LALS) Major is an interdisciplinary major, in which a student's credits are spread across three course clusters: social science, cultural criticism and history.

Courses appropriate for first-year students: LALS 240, LALS 254, LALS 213, LALS 307

Students in both the Major and Minor are encouraged to participate in a study-abroad program in Latin America (see the Office of International Programs for descriptions of such programs), and to have other travel, volunteer, or work experiences in Latin America as well. With a letter of permission from the College of Arts and Sciences, students also have access to Latin American courses at nearby Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College, and Swarthmore College.

Students are encouraged to participate in scholarly extracurricular events and activities offered by organizations such as the Latin American and Latinx Studies Program, the International House, the Casa Hispanica in the Modern Languages College House, the University Museum, and the many Latinx student organizations of the Greenfield Intercultural Center. These organizations sponsor or co-sponsor speakers, symposia, and cultural events that enrich the course-work of Latin American Studies students.

For more information about the Latin American and Latinx Studies Major or Minor, please see the Latin American and Latinx Studies Associate Director at the Latin American and Latinx Studies Office at 457 McNeil Bldg, 3718 Locust Walk. You may also contact Associate Director Catherine Bartch at bartch@sas.upenn.edu.