Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in Latin American Studies
Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in Latin American Studies
Upon completing the BA degree, students majoring in Latin American Studies will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to speak and read fluently, and conduct research in a foreign language.
- Be able to interpret the historic, cultural, and political dynamics that comprise a specific region selected by the student for in-depth study.
- Be able to apply critical perspectives on legacies and ongoing forces that are local and global in scope from the field of Latin American Studies.
- Be able to define a research problem and analyze it from several different disciplinary fields, including appropriate theory, methodology, and concepts for the topic.
Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in Latin American Studies
For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Latin American Studies must complete:
- A minimum of 10 courses (30 credit hours) to satisfy major requirements.
- A minimum of 120 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
- A minimum of 60 credit hours outside of major requirements.
- A minimum of 6 courses (18 credit hours) at Rice University.
- A minimum of 6 courses (18 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above.
- At least 1 semester studying abroad.
- A language competency requirement.
- A capstone project.
The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor (or official certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.
|Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Latin American Studies||30|
|Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in Latin American Studies||120|
|LASR 158 / SPPO 158||INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES 1||3|
|Select 8 department approved electives (see below for course list) 2||24|
Study Abroad 3
Language Competence 4
|LASR 491||LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES CAPSTONE 5||3|
|Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Latin American Studies||30|
|Additional Credit Hours to Complete BA Degree Requirements||30|
|University Graduation Requirements *||60|
|Total Credit Hours||120|
Footnotes and Additional Information
Includes coursework completed as distribution credit, FWIS, LPAP, upper-level, residency (hours taken at Rice), 60 hours outside of the major (if applicable), and any additional academic program requirements. The "hours outside of the major" requirement may include all of the above university requirements.
This course both introduces and structures the major. This course is taught in English, with discussion sections available in Spanish or Portuguese pending student interest.
At least 2 courses (6 credit hours) must be in the humanities and at least 2 courses (6 credit hours) must be in the social sciences.
Students must 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. 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-hour courses.
Students must demonstrate language competence at three different stages:
The Capstone is completed after completing the semester abroad. Students 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.
Students must complete a total of 8 courses (24 credit hours) from the following department approved electives, which will focus on a specific region, area, or country in Latin America. 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 at least 2 courses (6 credit hours) must be in the social sciences.
|Department Approved Electives|
|Select 8 from the following:||24|
|HISTORY AND ETHNOGRAPHY|
|THE CULTURE OF IDENTITY POLITICS IN CONTEMPORARY BRAZIL|
|LATIN AMERICAN TOPICS|
|ART AND ACTIVISM|
|SEMINAR IN ARCHITECTURE|
|PRACTICING UTOPIA: ARCHITECTURE, EUGENICS AND THE MODERN LATIN CITY|
|NATURE IN-VITRO: BODIES, GARDENS AND BUILT FORMS|
|CASE STUDY IN URBAN DESIGN: BRASILIA|
|INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE|
|LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF THE US-MEXICO BORDERLANDS|
|THE AMERICAN WEST AND ITS OTHERS|
|THE AMERICAN WEST/AMERICAS|
|LITERATURE OF THE AMERICAS|
|STUDIES IN CHICANO/A LITERATURE|
|STUDIES IN CRITICAL REGIONALISM|
|THE CARIBBEAN IN FRENCH|
|A VISUAL CULTURE TRAVELOGUE: ART AND POLITICS IN MODERN LATIN AMERICA|
|LATIN-EUROPE/LATIN-AMERICA: THE AESTHETICS AND POLITICS OF MODERN CITIES|
|LATIN AMERICAN ART AND CINEMA SINCE 1960|
|LATIN AMERICAN BODIES: ON MODERNISM|
|THE ATLANTIC WORLD: ORIGINS TO THE AGE OF REVOLUTION|
|BLACKS IN THE AMERICAS|
|LATIN AMERICAN CULTURAL TRADITIONS|
|MODERN LATIN AMERICA|
|CONTINUITIES AND CHANGES IN BRAZILIAN HISTORY|
|POVERTY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN LATIN AMERICA|
|ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE AND THE ORIGINS OF AFRO AMERICA|
|LATIN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES|
|RIO DE JANEIRO: A SOCIAL AND ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY|
|NATURAL DISASTERS IN THE CARIBBEAN|
|RACE, EDUCATION AND SOCIETY IN THE URBAN SOUTH|
|TOPICS IN LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY|
|LATINO POLITICS IN THE UNITED STATES|
|THE POLITICS AND CULTURE OF MEXICO|
|LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS|
|ELECTIONS IN THE AMERICAS|
|SEX, GENDER, AND POLITICAL REPRESENTATION IN LATIN AMERICA|
|U.S.: MEXICO BORDER ISSUES IN COMPARATIVE PERSEPCTIVE|
|MAPPING LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE|
|ART IN LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE|
|LITERATURES FROM THE SOUTHERN CONE|
|SPANISH CREATIVE WRITING|
|LATIN AMERICAN SHORT FICTION|
|THE MEXICAN RENAISSANCE: ART, LITERATURE AND THE REVOLUTION OF 1910|
|A REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN: TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY CUBAN CULTURE|
|TRENDS IN HISPANIC CINEMA|
|READINGS IN LATIN AMERICAN LIT|
|THE CITY IN LATIN AMERICA|
|LITERATURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT IN LATIN AMERICA|
|BOOM-BOOM-CRACK: LATIN AMERICAN NOVEL|
|LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE IN THE MOVIES|
|LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA|
|LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN'S CULTURE|
|TWENTIETH CENTURY MEXICAN NOVEL|
Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in Latin American Studies
For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: http://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities.
Departmental Transfer Credit Guidelines
Students pursuing the major in Latin American Studies should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:
- Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.
For additional information, please see the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies website: http://spanishandportuguese.rice.edu/
Opportunities for the BA Degree with a Major in Latin American Studies
The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.
See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this major.