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Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies

Upon completion of the Latin American Studies program, students will have proficiency in the Spanish language and a working knowledge of the Portuguese language. They will be knowledgeable about major ideas, events and issues in Latin American countries, and will acquire analytical skills developed through the study of literature, history, and other related fields of study. Like the BA in Spanish, the BA in Latin American Studies consists of 33 credit hours. However, there are several key components of that distinguish the Latin American Studies program:
  • The focus is on Latin America. This includes Brazil, the country with the largest land mass and the largest population of the region.
  • Two semesters of Portuguese are required.
  • There is an interdisciplinary component, which allows students to take courses on Latin America in other departments at TCU.

 

Course Catalog

 

The Latin American Studies major requires 33 credit hours:
  • PORT 10103 and 10203
  • Two of the following three:
    • SPAN 31103 Oral Communication
    • SPAN 31203 Writing in Spanish
    • SPAN 31403 Advanced Spanish Grammar
  • One of the following:
    • SPAN 32103 Culture in Latin America
    • SPAN 32203 Popular Cultures of Spanish-Speaking Countries
  • One of the following:
    • SPAN 32703 Panorama of Latin American Literature I
    • SPAN 32803 Panorama of Latin American Literature II
  • One elective in SHS at the 30000 or 40000 level (topic must focus on Latin America)
  • Three electives from another department
  • LAST 40003 Latin American Studies Seminar
See pre-approved courses from other departments and complete LAST requirements here.

Heritage speakers will not receive credit for Spanish 31103 and must select another course at the 30000 level or above. A heritage speaker is someone who was primarily educated in the U.S. but who speaks Spanish at home and is fluent. Special permission by the Department Chair is required for any deviation from this policy.

Native speakers will not receive credit for Spanish 31103, 31203 and 31403. They must select another course at the 30000 level or above. A native speaker is someone who completed their primary and secondary education in a Spanish-speaking country. Special permission by the Department Chair is required for any deviation from this policy.

Courses taken Pass/No-Credit and courses in which the student earns below a “C” will not count toward the major.
Study abroad is strongly recommended for all LAST majors.
  • Up to 15 credit hours can be earned in semester-long programs.
  • Up to 21 credit hours can be earned in year-long programs.

In order to receive credit, students must meet with the Spanish and Hispanic Studies department’s study abroad advisor, and with the Center for International Studies.

LAST students are encouraged to consider studying abroad in Brazil. After completing PORT 10103 and PORT 10203, TCU students will be prepared to participate in several pre-approved study abroad opportunities in Brazil.

Click here to learn more about Study Abroad opportunities.

A. Those who begin at the SPAN 30000 level

Freshman Year

Fall: SPAN 31403 or SPAN 31103

Spring: SPAN 31203

Sophomore Year

Fall: PORT 10103 and elective

Spring: PORT 10203 and elective

Junior Year

Fall: SPAN 32103 or SPAN 32203 and elective

Spring: SPAN 32703 or SPAN 32803

Senior Year

Fall: elective

Spring: LAST 40003

 

B. Those who begin at the SPAN 10000 or 20000 level

Freshman Year

Fall: SPAN 10113-SPAN 10213 or SPAN 20103

Spring: SPAN 20113-SPAN 20213, or SPAN 20203

Sophomore Year

Fall: SPAN 31403 or SPAN 31103

Spring: SPAN 31203 and elective

Junior Year

Fall: PORT 10103; SPAN 32103 or SPAN 32203

Spring: PORT 10203; SPAN 32703 or SPAN 32803

Senior Year

Fall: two electives

Spring: LAST 40003 and elective