Requirements for Major
The requirements for a major in Latin American Studies are as follows: (1) Either SPAN 202 or PORT 212 and (2) 30 credits of courses in the Latin American field offered by the departments of Anthropology, Economics, English, French, Politics, History, Portuguese, Religion, Sociology and Spanish. No more than 15 credits in any one department may be counted toward the major. Students may transfer credits from programs abroad, either in Valencia or Lima, up to 12 credits per semester, and 15 per two semesters.
Students can enroll exclusively in the courses listed in the Course Offering Directory online. Students need their advisor’s permission to enroll in other courses.
The major’s thesis is not required but is offered as an option for students interested in specific topics of research. The Latin American Studies Program also offers a Distinguished Major Program. Students must have an overall GPA of 3.400 to be accepted. A Distinguished Majors thesis is required. Details are available at the program office located in Wilson Hall 110.
Requirements for Minor
The requirements for a minor in Latin American studies are as follow: (1) Either SPAN 202 or PORT 212; and (2) 18 credits of courses in the Latin American field offered by the departments of Anthropology, Economics, French, English, Politics, History, Portuguese, Religion, Sociology, and Spanish. No more than 9 credits in any one department may be counted toward the minor. Students must take courses in at least three departments. Students may transfer up to 9 credits per semester or year from programs abroad.
For more information, contact Dr. Fernando Operé, 110 Wilson Hall, P.O. Box 400777, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4777; (434) 924-4653; www.virginia.edu/latinamerican.