Latin American, Latino/a & Caribbean Studies- Bachelor of Arts

For information, contact the LAS Program, 120 MacMillan Hall, 513-529-5333.

Latin American Latino/a & Caribbean Studies (LAS) offer an interdisciplinary major and minor based in mutually enriching perspectives in the humanities, fine arts, social and physical sciences. Courses examine and analyze Latin American and Caribbean cultures, economies, social and political systems, literature, art, music, history, and geography across the hemisphere. Opportunities to study abroad and to engage with Latin American communities in Ohio promote the active application of international knowledge to issues vital to today's changing world.

Program Requirements

(30 semester hours)

Introduction to Latin America
Select three semester hours of the following: 13
Introduction to Latin America
Modern Latin American History
Latin America in the United States
Interdisciplinary Writing
LAS 211Writing with Purpose: Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Communication 13
Culmination of Latin American Studies
Select three semester hours of the following: 13
Current Latin American Issues
Independent Studies 2
Language Requirement
Select one of the following options:3-7
Option 1: select one course
Culture & Interpretation
Grammar Review and Introductory Composition
Option 2: select two courses
Second Year Spanish (or the equivalent)
Intermediate Portuguese (or the equivalent)
Critical Analysis of French Culture (or the equivalent)
One course from a second language selected from SPN, POR or FRE
Core Courses
Select at least 15 hours, with at least 6 credits of the Core Course hours coming from LAS courses or their cross-listed equivalents15
Related Courses
Select up to three semester hours3
Total Credit Hours30-34

Additional credits here are counted toward the core courses requirement.


Independent Study: Students who have completed at least three credits of LAS program requirements or core courses may design an Independent Study in LAS, working with a member of the LAS Faculty Advisory Committee.

Core Courses

AMS 302Immigrant America3
ART 317The Arts of Colonial Latin America3
ATH 305Latin America: Anthropological Perspectives3
ATH 313Introduction to South American Archaeology4
ATH 415Field Methods in Archaeology6
BWS/FST/LAS/MUS/POR 204Brazilian Culture Through Popular Music3
BWS/LAS/HST 243History of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1400s to 1800s3
BWS/ENG/FST/POR/WGS 383By or About (Afro-) Brazilian Women3
ENG/LAS 254Latino/a Literature and the Americas3
HST/LAS 243History of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1400s to 1800s3
HST 307Latin American Civilization - Colonial Period3
LAS 207Latin America before 19103
LAS 277Independent Studies 10-5
or LAS 377 Independent Studies
or LAS 477 Independent Studies
LAS 277XService- Learning (taken with any MPF course) 21
LAS 300Special Topics3
LAS 315Latin American Diaspora: Communities, Conditions and Issues3
LAS/HST 319Revolution in Latin America3
LAS 325Identity, Race, Gender, Class3
LAS/SPN 332Latin American Popular Culture3
LAS/HST/BWS 385Race, Science, and Disease in the Americas3
LAS 390Special Topics3
LAS 412/LAS 512Tropical Ecosystems of Costa Rica5
LAS 413Tropical Marine Ecology5
LAS 415Cuba in Revolution: Its History, Politics, and Culture4
LAS 424/LAS 524Seminar on Modern Architecture in Latin America3
LAS 437Latin America Environmental History3
POL 337Politics of Latin America3
POL 378Latin America: The Region and the World3
POR 383By or About (Afro-) Brazilian Women3
SPN 315Intro to Hispanic Literatures3
SPN 361
SPN 362
Spanish American Cultural History I
and Spanish American Cultural History II
SPN 430Selected Topics in Literature and Culture: Spanish America3
SPN 450/SPN 550Topics in Hispanic Literature and Language1-4
SPN 461/SPN 561Studies in Spanish American Narrative3
SPN 462/SPN 562Studies in Modern Spanish American Drama3
SPN 463/SPN 563Studies in Spanish American Poetry3
SPN 464/SPN 564Studies in the Spanish American Essay3

Independent Study: Students who have completed at least three credits of LAS program requirements or core courses may design an Independent Study in LAS, working with a member of the LAS Faculty Advisory Committee.


Service-Learning: students are encouraged to participate in Service-Learning for 1-3 credits, or as non-credit volunteer work, in Ohio or abroad.

Related Courses

AMS 207America: Global and Intercultural Perspectives3
ATH 175Peoples of the World3
ATH 185Cultural Diversity in the U.S.3
ATH 312Introduction to North American Archaeology4
EDL 204Sociocultural Studies in Education3
FSW 206Social Welfare: Impact on Diverse Groups4
GEO 111World Regional Geography: Patterns and Issues3
HST 371Native American History to 18403
HST 386Race in U.S. Society3
IDS 159Strength Through Cultural Diversity3
ITS 201Introduction to International Studies3
LAS 413/IES 423/IES 523Tropical Marine Ecology5
LAS 417/GLG 415/GLG 515Coral Reef Ecology5
MUS 186Global Music for the I-Pod3
POL 439North American Politics: Unity and Diversity3
SJS 215EMPOWER I: Educational and Economic Justice and Service-Learning3
SOC 153Sociology in a Global Context3
SOC 348Race and Ethnic Relations3

Study Abroad

The LAS Program highly values study abroad in all Latin American contexts and will extend credit by petition to international study experiences that fulfill program criteria

New courses

New courses, one-time only courses, sections of variable content courses, and other that relate to Latin America may be recognized by petition for credit toward appropriate categories.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Latin American, Latino/a and Caribbean Studies meet the College of Arts and Science writing requirement by completing LAS 211 and an LAS culmination course: LAS 410, LAS 437, or LAS 477.