Dec 06, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 

Latinx and Latin American Studies Major (BA)

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Latinx and Latin American Studies Major- Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Latinx and Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary major that covers the important region of Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean and of Latinx people in the United States. The program promotes intercultural understanding, and offers students an opportunity to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of Latin America in its many aspects and from many different points of view. Participating faculty specialize in political economy, border studies, anthropological approaches, exile studies, as well as Latinx and Latin American history, literature and film. Coursework in the program offers students a solid foundation in the history, politics, economics, culture, and literature of Latin America and the Caribbean and of Latinx communities in the United States.

Please see the UNLV College of Liberal Arts, Latinx and Latin American Studies web page at for information about department programs, faculty and facilities. Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plan for the major are available at

Please see advising information at the UNLV Wilson Advising Center at


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Learning Outcomes

  1. To gain a multidisciplinary understanding of the history, politics, economics, and culture of Latin America and of the history, contributions, life, and culture of Latinx people in the United States and their transnational contexts from their indigenous origins to the present.
  2. To learn about the literature and creative works of the region, from the pre-Colombian period to the present.
  3. To expand and facilitate collaborative research and scholarship on Latinx communities/populations both locally and nationally, preparing out students for academic success, employment and leadership positions. 
  4. To acquire a capacity to summarize and evaluate critically theories and concepts used in the analysis of the history, politics, and economic development of Latin America.
  5. To expand critical thinking, communication, and research opportunities through an engaged interdisciplinary curriculum across the university and to improvewriting 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.
  6. To promote a vision of social justice through student-centered teaching/mentoring, research and service by including explorations of race, class, gender and sexuality paradigms and to gain awareness of cultural diversity in Latin America, the U.S., and other parts of the world.
  7. To utilize Las Vegas as a laboratory for inquiry as its transformation and development socially, economically, politically, demographically and culturally impact and are impacted by its Latinx communities.

University Graduation Requirements

Please see Graduation Policies for complete information

Latinx and Latin American Studies Degree Requirements - Total: 120 Credits

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 37-41 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: 18-20

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 - 9-11 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:

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

Latinx and Latin American Studies Major Requirements - Credits: 36
Additional Requirements - Credits: 18

  • Foreign Language/Foreign Culture: 6 credits (see note 2 below)
  • Social Science: 9 credits
  • Fine Arts: 3 credits


General Electives - Credits: 25-29

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 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

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