Program

Cedar Luke talking to Beatriz de Alba-Koch at a table in a reading room
Latin American studies student Cedar Luke consults with program director Beatriz de Alba-Koch.

Our program offers you the chance to build your area of interest into a specialized field of study. The enormous area of Latin America is home to an ethnically diverse and culturally vibrant populations. We provide you with a broad interdisciplinary understanding of this important geocultural area and knowledge of Spanish and Portuguese.

Latin American Studies offers honours, majors, general and minors in either the Latin American Literary and Cultural studies or Latin American Interdisciplinary Studies.

Our Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies program has a greater focus on lingistic and lanaguage aquisition through literature than the Latin American Interdiscipinary Studies program and this is reflected in the core prerequisite requirements.

LAS 100 is recommended for all LAS programs and should be taken towards the beginning of the program.

prerequisite notes:

  • Students wishing to take 300- and 400- level courses in Spanish must achieve a minimum GPA of 4.0 or higher in SPAN 250A, 250B or 275 (these courses should be taken in second year). Not required for native or near-native speakers of Spanish, who may not obtain credit for 100- or 200-level SPAN courses.
  • For SPAN and eligible elective courses prerequisites, please see the various department and program course listings.
  • Please refer to the Academic calendar for more details.

Honours

Students wishing to enroll in the Honours Program must first obtain the approval of the Program Director. Admission to the Honours Program normally requires a minimum GPA of 6.0.

Courses Unit total
SPAN 390 1.5
LAS 310, 400, 499 6.0
At least 9.0 units from:
SPAN 350A, 408B, 483B, 483C, 484A, 484C, 484D, 485B, 495
9.0
3.0 units from the list of eligible elective courses 3.0
Total units 19.5

Major

Courses Unit total
SPAN 390 1.5
LAS 310, 400 3.0
At least 7.5 units from:
SPAN 350A, 408B, 483B, 483C, 484A, 484C, 484D, 485B, 495
7.5
3.0 units from the list of eligible elective courses 3.0
Total units 15.0

 

General and Minor

Courses Unit total
SPAN 390 1.5
LAS 310, 400 3.0

At least 6.0 units from:
SPAN 350A, 408B, 483B, 483C, 484A, 484C, 484D, 485B, 495

3.0
1.5 units from the list of eligible elective courses 1.5
total units 9.0

Please see our complete list of eligible elective courses.

Prerequisites notes:

  • 3.0 units of SPAN or PORT language courses at the 100 or 200 level (further language study is highly recommended). Not required for native speakers of Spanish or Portuguese, who may not obtain credit for 100- or 200-level SPAN or PORT courses.
  • For eligible elective courses prerequisites, please see the various department and program course listings.
  • Please refer to the Academic calendar for more details.

Honours

Students wishing to enroll in the Honours Program must first obtain the approval of the Program Director. Admission to the Honours Program normally requires a minimum GPA of 6.0.

Courses Unit total
LAS 400, 499 4.5
15.0 units from the list of eligible elective courses 15.0
Total 19.5

Majors

Courses Units total
LAS 400 1.5
13.5 units from the list of eligible elective courses 13.5
Total 15.0

General and Minors

Courses Units total
LAS 400 1.5
7.5 units from the list of eligible elective courses 7.5
Total 9.0

Students must take at least one course from a minimum of two departments or programs. Variable content courses require the permission of the program in advance.

Please see our complete list of eligible elective courses.