The School of Humanities
Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary major designed to further understanding of the cultures, histories, and politics of Latin America as viewed from regional and global perspectives. The major draws from courses and faculty from a wide range of departments and programs, including Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, English, French Studies, History, Spanish and Portuguese, and Political Science. This major provides a challenging context for students to develop core skills in interdisciplinarity, language, communication (written and oral), theory, research methodologies, and geography.The BA in Latin American Studies is part of the department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.
Upon completing the BA degree, students majoring in Latin American Studies will be able to:
For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Latin American Studies (LASR) must complete:
Additionally, students will be required to demonstrate language competence at three different stages of the major, and a Capstone Project. See below for more information regarding study abroad, the capstone requirement, and the language competency requirement.
CORE REQUIREMENTStudents must complete 1 foundation course (3 credit hours) as listed below to satisfy the Latin American Studies major's Core Requirements. This course will both introduce and structure the major. This course will be taught in English, with discussion sections available in Spanish or Portuguese pending student interest.
ELECTIVESStudents must complete a total of 8 courses (24 credit hours) from the following list which will focus on a specific region, area, or country in Latin America to satisfy the Latin American Studies major's Electives requirement. This area focus will shape each student’s proposed course of study. Each course of study and an area focus must be approved by the advisor to the major. At least 2 courses (6 credit hours) must be in the humanities and 2 courses (6 credit hours) in the social sciences.
LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES CAPSTONETo fulfill the remaining Latin American Studies major's course requirements, students must complete 1 Capstone course (3 credit hours). LASR students will complete this requirement after completing the semester abroad, and will enroll in a research colloquium directed by a faculty member from either Humanities or Social Sciences. As directed by this faculty member, the colloquium director, students will write a research paper on a Latin American topic of their choice. During the course, students will be exposed to different research methodologies, theories appropriate to their field of study, and instruction on how best to incorporate research and sources that emerged from their study abroad. Interdisciplinary modes of research and writing will be a major feature of this colloquium. Students will be expected to highlight the interdisciplinary nature of their research in their completed paper. In addition, students in the colloquium will be expected to workshop their writing at different times during the semester. The completed research paper will be evaluated by the colloquium director and one other professor appropriate to the topic. With the approval of the colloquium director, this research paper may be written in English.
STUDY ABROADRice Latin American Studies majors will be required to spend at least one semester studying at a Rice-approved, semester-abroad program in which the primary language of instruction is Spanish, Portuguese, or under special circumstances French. Courses taken abroad may count toward completing the Latin American Studies major and toward meeting the distribution requirements in the major. Study abroad courses cannot count for more than 4 courses (12 semester hours) toward the major. While the semester abroad is ideal, under very special circumstances, the advisor to the major can approve a 12-week summer program as the equivalent of a semester, provided the program allows students to complete at least 3 three-credit courses.
REQUIRED LANGUAGE COMPETENCERice LASR majors will be expected to demonstrate language competence at three different stages of the major:
Note: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify the Latin American Studies undergraduate degree and major. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule - Course offerings/subject code: LASR, SPPO, SPAN. Courses from various subjects may apply toward the major.Department Description and Code - Spanish and Portuguese, and Latin American Studies: SPLA Degree Description and Code - Bachelor of Arts degree: BA Major Description and Code - Major in Latin American Studies: LASR
Latin American Studies does not offer an academic program at the graduate level.
The official course offerings, including course descriptions, listed in the Latin American Studies Undergraduate Requirement section can be found in Rice's Course Catalog.
To view the most recent course schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year, see Rice's Course Schedule.
For additional information regarding Latin American Studies, see the department's website: https://spanishandportuguese.rice.edu/.