The bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies presents students with the opportunity to study one of the world’s most diverse and fascinating regions. Contemporary Latin America is the product of a long and turbulent history of conquest, resistance, and cultural mixing. The result is a rich and unique amalgam of African, indigenous, and European cultures. Understanding these complex societies has never been more crucial than it is today since people of Latin American descent represent more than 13% of the population of the United States. Knowledge of Latin American history, culture, society, and politics is indispensable for anyone who seeks to understand the contemporary United States and its place in the world.

Majors in Latin American studies develop a broad expertise in the region while pursuing an individualized program of study that suits their own particular interests. Student improve their language skills and take courses in many disciplines including anthropology, dance, economics, folklore, geography, government, history, and literature. The course work culminates in a seminar where students develop a research project under the mentorship of a faculty expert.

Program Faculty

Berroa (Modern and Classical Languages), Bristol (History and Art History), Burt (Schar School of Policy and Government), Greet  (History and Art History), Karush (History and Art History, director), Leeman (Modern and Classical Languages), Lepore (Dance), Meyer (Economics), Rabin (Modern and Classical  Languages), Rogers (Modern and Classical Languages), Seligmann (Sociology and Anthropology), Shutika (English), Vivancos-Pérez (Modern and Classical Languages)

Latin American Studies (LAS)

As an interdisciplinary program, Latin American Studies offers many other courses across a range of departments that do not bear the LAS code. For the major and minor, students should consult with the director to determine whether a particular course may be used to fulfill a Latin American studies requirement or elective.

300 Level Courses

LAS 300: Latin American Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. 3 credits.
Interdisciplinary introduction to Latin American Studies. Examines the region's history, culture, and societies, as well as the different approaches, methodologies, and concepts related to the study of Latin America. Focuses on the experiences that shaped Latin America as a region, how the region impacts and is impacted by globalization, and on Latino/as in the United States. Offered by Humanities & Social Sciences. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Schedule Type: Lecture

400 Level Courses

LAS 490: Internship. 1-6 credits.
Approved work-study programs in cooperation with specific organizations including area museums, NGOs, and local, state and federal agencies. Notes: Credit determined by program. Offered by Humanities & Social Sciences. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 9 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Open to Latin American Studies majors only with permission of program Director.
Schedule Type: Internship
LAS 491: Directed Reading for Honors in Latin American Studies. 3 credits.
Directed readings on specialized topic in Latin American Studies. Offered by Humanities & Social Sciences. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to the Latin American Studies honors program.
Schedule Type: Independent Study
LAS 498: Study Abroad. 1-6 credits.
Study abroad. Notes: May be repeated with permission of department. Offered by Humanities & Social Sciences. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Schedule Type: Independent Study
LAS 499: Research Seminar in Latin American Studies. 3 credits.
Research on specialized topic in Latin American Studies culminating in substantial paper and oral presentation. Students expected to integrate knowledge and skills acquired in Mason Core courses. Notes: Must receive passing grade to graduate with a BA in Latin American studies. Offered by Humanities & Social Sciences. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: 90 credits
Schedule Type: Seminar