Oct 27, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 

Latin American Studies Major (BA)

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Latin American Studies Major- Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Please see the UNLV College of Liberal Arts, Latin American Studies web page at www.unlv.edu/interdisciplinary/latin-american-studies for information about department programs, faculty and facilities.

Please see advising information at the UNLV Wilson Advising Center at www.liberalarts.unlv.edu/WAC/.


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities www.nwccu.org

Learning Outcomes

  1. A multidisciplinary understanding of the history, politics, economics, and culture of Latin America.
  2. Knowledge of the literature and creative works of the region, from the pre-Colombian period to the present.
  3. A capacity to summarize and evaluate critically theories and concepts used in the analysis of the history, politics, and economic development of Latin America.
  4. Writing and research skills, including an ability to develop a research question, review the relevant research literature, collect information and data from a variety of sources, and support an argument with evidence and data.
  5. Proficiency in Spanish (reading, writing and oral proficiency), and knowledge of the regional varieties of Spanish.
  6. Awareness of cultural diversity in Latin America, the U.S., and other parts of the world.

University Graduation Requirements

Please see Graduation Policies for complete information

Latin American Studies Degree Requirements - Total: 120 Credits

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 36-40 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

Constitutions - Credits: 4-6

Mathematics - Credits: 3

Distribution Requirement - Credits: 18-19

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 9 credits
    • Two 3-credit courses in the humanities and one 3-credit course in fine arts.
  • Social Science:
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirement
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking - 9-10 credits

Multicultural and International

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to: http://facultysenate.unlv.edu/students.

Major Requirements - BA in Latin American Studies - Subtotal: 54 Credits

Social Science - Credits: 9

Fine Arts - Credits: 3

Foreign Language/Foreign Culture - Credits: 6

(see note 2 below)

Electives - Credits: 25-27

Total Credits: 120


  1. A semester or year at a Latin American university or extensive field work in a Latin American country is strongly recommended.
  2. In addition to the foreign language requirements of the College of Liberal Arts, two years of Spanish language courses or the equivalent knowledge established by examination are required.


For information concerning the Latin American Studies Committee and its members go to www.unlv.edu/interdisciplinary/latin-american-studies

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