Latin American and Latino Studies (BA)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in Latin American and Latino Studies (LALSBA)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Program: Latin American and Latino Studies

Program Information

Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Louisville is an interdisciplinary program that promotes an understanding and appreciation for the diverse cultures of Latin America and Latino communities in the United States, with the ultimate objective of preparing students to become engaged citizens in our global society. 

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the program’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the LALS Director.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements22
Program/Major Requirements 168
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the BA in Latin American and Latino Studies requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on courses in the major. 

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website: louisville.edu/artsandsciences/advising/apply.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
Introduction to Latin American Studies - D2, SB
Introduction to Latino Studies - D1, SB
LALS 310 and LALS 311 satisfy 3 hours of SB requirement as well as the D1 & D2 requirements. Certain approved electives (e.g. COMM 350 or TA 365) may also satisfy general education requirements.

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language 112
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences 29
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours22

Program/Major Requirements

Program in Latin American and Latino Studies
LALS 310Introduction to Latin American Studies - D2, SB3
LALS 311Introduction to Latino Studies - D1, SB3
LALS 400Latin American and Latino Studies Internship - CUE, WR (CUE)3
Language Requirement
Spanish or Portuguese at the 200 level, or demonstration of equivalent language proficiency3
Humanities
Select two of the following: 6
Selected Topics in Art History
Mexican Art and Architecture
Special Topics
Pan-African Art: Form and Content
Minority Traditions in American Literature - AH, D1
Women and Global Literature - AH, D2
Studies in Post-Colonial and/or Ethnic Literature - CUE
Women's Personal Narratives - CUE
African-American Religion - AH, D1
Culture of Iberia-Latin America
Native American Cultures
Exploring Latin America - AH, D2
Panamanian Culture - D2, SB
Introduction to Hispanic Culture - AH, D2
Special Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture
Latin American Literature
Foundations of Latin American Nations and Identities
Cultural and Literary Perspectives on Modern Latin America
Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
Latin American Literature: Colonial Period through 19th Century
Contemporary Spanish-American Theatre
Spanish-American Poetry
Spanish-American Narrative
Hispanic Culture through Film and Media
Cultural Diversity in Performance - AH, D1 4
Theatre of the African World - AH, D2
Social Sciences 5,6
Select three of the following: 9
Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica
The Anthropology of Latin America - D2, SB
Globalizing Inequalities - WR 4
Anthropology of Refugees
Global Capitalisms
Introduction to Intercultural Communication - D2, SB
Urbanism in the Global South: Cities and Space
Colonial Latin America
Latin America, 1820 to Present
Women in Latin American History
Twentieth-Century Latin America - CUE, WR 4
The U.S. and Latin America - CUE, WR 4
The History of Mexico: Pre-Columbian to the Present - CUE, WR 4
Social Sciences Special Topics in Latino Studies
Social Science Special Topics in Latin American Studies
Global Marketing
Introduction to Caribbean Studies - D2, SB
Survey of Brazilian Music
Survey of American Diversity
Language, Protest and Identity - D1, SB
Slave Trade and Slavery
African Languages in the Diaspora - D1, SB
African Diaspora in the Caribbean and Latin America
Faces of Global Poverty - WR 4
History of the Caribbean
The Black Atlantic
Advanced Topics in Afro-American and African Studies
Slave Trade and Slavery in the African World
The History and Popular Culture of the African Diaspora
Black Women's Voices - WR 4
Language, Race, Class and Gender
Pan-African Art: Form and Content
Race, Law and Politics - D1, SB
International Relations
International Organization - WR 4
International Law - WR 4
Politics of European Integration and Foreign Policy 4
Law, Diplomacy and Power
Comparative Political Development in Latin America
Latin America in the World
Senior Seminar - CUE, WR 4
Topics in International Relations
International Negotiation
Women in Developing Countries - WR 4
Race in the United States - D1, SB
Diversity and Inequality
Faces of Global Poverty - WR 4
Social Stratification - CUE, WR 4
Race and Ethnicity - CUE, WR 4
Generalist Practice I
Practicum Seminar and Lab I - CUE
Practicum Seminar and Lab II
Women in Latin American History
Faces of Global Poverty - WR 4
Women's Personal Narratives
Women in Developing Countries - WR 4
Topics in Women's and Gender Studies: Humanities
LALS Electives at the 300 level or above 79
Supporting Courses
Social Science Electives at the 300 level or above 8,96
Humanities Electives at the 300 level or above 8,96
Minimum Electives 1020
Minimum Total Hours68
Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Latin American and Latino Studies Internship - CUE, WR
ANTH 562Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology3
ARTH 342Selected Topics in Art History3
ARTH 542Special Topics3
COMM 510Special Topics in Communication Studies1-3
HIST 310Studies in History3
HIST 503Advanced Studies in History3
HON 336Honors Seminar in Humanities - WR3
HON 436Honors Seminar in Humanities (WR) - WR3
HON 446Honors Seminar in Social Sciences (WR) - WR3
HUM 562Selected Topics3
M L 551Special Topics3
SPAN 313Special Topics in Spanish Literature, Language, and Culture3
SPAN 499Special Topics in Spanish Culture, Literature and Linguistics3
SPAN 599Special Topics3
TA 555Special Topics in Theatre1-3

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
Spanish or Portuguese Language I 4
General Elective 3
 Hours14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
Spanish or Portuguese Language II 4
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Year 2
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
Spanish or Portuguese Language III 4
LALS 310 Introduction to Latin American Studies - D2, SB 3
 Hours16
Spring
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
Humanities or Natural Science Elective 3
General Elective 3
Spanish or Portuguese Language (200 level) 3
LALS 311 Introduction to Latino Studies - D1, SB 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science LALS Elective 3
Humanities LALS Elective 3
General Elective 3
WR General Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
Social Science LALS Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities LALS Elective 3
Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
LALS 400 Latin American and Latino Studies Internship - CUE, WR 3
Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science LALS Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
LALS Elective (300 level or above) 3
LALS Elective (300 level or above) 3
LALS Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours121

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