Program Information

Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary program that combines subject matter and modes of inquiry from several academic disciplines to give the student a broad background encompassing the historical, political, social, and cultural aspects of the region. Students are encouraged to develop the analytical and evaluative skills that will enable them to gain a systematic understanding of the region. Majors demonstrate language proficiency in Spanish and are strongly encouraged to participate in a Willamette-sponsored program in Latin America.

The degree program in Latin American Studies affords the student a wide range of career opportunities in the United States and abroad. The rapid growth of the Latino population in the United States produces an increasing need for trained persons with a knowledge of the Latin American region to work in teaching, government, the nonprofit sector, journalism, business, and other fields. The major is also well-suited to students who wish to pursue graduate work in Latin American studies or other disciplines in which a Latin American specialization is helpful.

Requirements for the Latin American Studies Major (9 Credits)

Two credits from Politics or History:

Any course with a Politics or History designation/prefix (POLI or HIST) that is approved as an LAS course. The following courses are automatically approved: POLI 362 Latin American Politics, POLI 376W Latin American Revolutions, HIST 256 (TH) Colonial Latin America, HIST 258 Modern Latin America. Also, every semester check the Course Schedule on the web for possible additional offerings under this category. Honors in Latin American Studies is awarded to all graduating students with a GPA of 3.8 or greater within the major.

Note: No double counting any courses used for other categories, i.e., Politics or History, or Language and Literature.

Four Credits from Society and Culture:

  • ANTH 235 Cultures of Mexico and Ecuador
  • HIST 256 (TH) Colonial Latin America (1)
  • HIST 258 Modern Latin America (1)
  • LAS 380 Latin American Cinema [Crosslisted with SPAN 380] (1)
  • POLI 362 Latin American Politics
  • POLI 376W Latin American Revolutions (1)
  • REL 334 Liberation Theology and Social Change (1)
  • SOC 131 Sociological Inquiry: Latina/o Sociology (1)
  • SOC 315 Social Movements, Collective Action, and Protest
  • SPAN 333 (TH) Hispanic Civilization (1)

Also, every semester check the Course Schedule on the web for possible additional offerings under this category

Note: No double counting any courses used for other categories, i.e., Politics or History, or Language and Literature.

Two credits from Language and Literature

  • ENGL 381 Latin @ Countercultures Digital Research Project (1)
  • SPAN 355 (IT) Latin American Literature I: Conquest to Modernismo (1)
  • SPAN 356 (IT) Latin American Literature II: Modernismo to the Present (1)
  • SPAN 427 Topics in Latin American Literature (1)
  • SPAN 428 Contemporary Mexican Literature (1)
  • SPAN 430 History of Hispanic Thought (1)
  • SPAN 431 Contemporary Latin American Novel and Short Story (1)
  • SPAN 435 Contemporary Latin American Women Writers (1)

Note: No double counting any courses used for other categories, i.e., Politics or History, or Language Literature.

One credit Senior Thesis:

In the fall of your senior year, all LAS majors must take LAS 497W, Senior Thesis in Latin American Studies.

Requirements for the Latin American Studies Minor (5 Credits)

  • Two credit from Politics or History
  • Two credits from Society and Culture
  • One credit from Language and Literature