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:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to speak and read fluently, and conduct research in a foreign language.
  2. Interpret the historic, cultural, and political dynamics that comprise a specific region selected by the student for in-depth study.
  3. Apply critical perspectives on legacies and ongoing forces that are local and global in scope from the field of Latin American Studies.
  4. 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 6 courses (18 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above.
  • A maximum of 4 courses (12 credit hours) from study abroad or transfer credit. For additional departmental guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab. 
  • At least 1 semester studying abroad.
  • A language competency requirement.
  • A capstone requirement.

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 where applicable, the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the major's Official Certifier.) Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Latin American Studies30
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in Latin American Studies120

Degree Requirements

Core Requirement
LASR 158 / SPPO 158INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES 13
Elective Requirements
Select 8 courses from department approved electives (see course list below) 224
Additional Requirements
Study Abroad 3
Language Competence 4
Capstone Requirement
LASR 491LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES CAPSTONE 53
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Latin American Studies30
Additional Credit Hours to Complete Degree Requirements *59
University Graduation Requirements *31
Total Credit Hours120

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Course List to Satisfy Requirements

Elective Requirements

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 courses from the following:24
HISTORY AND ETHNOGRAPHY
LATIN AMERICAN TOPICS
KINGS, QUEENS, AND COMMONERS: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANCIENT MESOAMERICA
THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF SLAVERY AND THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
BRAZIL BUILT: THE CLINIC, THE TROPICAL, AND THE AESTHETIC
SEMINAR IN ARCHITECTURE
PRACTICING UTOPIA: ARCHITECTURE, EUGENICS AND THE MODERN LATIN CITY
RACE, CLASS, GENDER IN EDUCATION
INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE
THE AMERICAN WEST AND ITS OTHERS
CHICANO/A LITERATURE
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
MAJOR LITERARY WORKS AND ARTIFACTS OF THE FRANCOPHONE WORLD
FRENCH CARIBBEAN ECOCRITICISM
THE CARIBBEAN IN FRENCH
A VISUAL CULTURE TRAVELOGUE: ART AND POLITICS IN MODERN LATIN AMERICA
FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE SUSTAINABLE: ART, ARCHITECTURE AND NATURE
ART AND ACTIVISM: CREATIVE PROTESTS IN THE 20TH CENTURY AMERICAS
LATIN-EUROPE/LATIN-AMERICA: THE AESTHETICS AND POLITICS OF MODERN CITIES
LATIN AMERICAN BODIES: ON MODERNISM
MEXICO: AN INTRODUCTION
THE ATLANTIC WORLD: ORIGINS TO THE AGE OF REVOLUTION
BLACKS IN THE AMERICAS
MEXICO: 1910 TO PRESENT
COLONIAL SPANISH AMERICA
LATIN AMERICAN CULTURAL TRADITIONS
MODERN LATIN AMERICA
NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY: FROM EUROPEAN CONTACT TO THE ERA OF REMOVAL
POVERTY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN LATIN AMERICA
ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE AND THE ORIGINS OF AFRO AMERICA
THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTION
LATIN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES
RIO DE JANEIRO: A SOCIAL AND ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY
MEXICAN HISTORY
RACE, EDUCATION AND SOCIETY IN THE URBAN SOUTH
TOPICS IN LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY
CONTINUITIES AND CHANGES IN BRAZILIAN HISTORY
PIRATES, REBELS, NARCOS: LATIN AMERICAN OUTLAWS IN THE POLITICAL-CULTURAL IMAGINATION
LATIN AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT: IDENTITY, LIBERATION, MODERNITY
DIRECTED RESEARCH
MULTILINGUALISM
LATINO POLITICS IN THE UNITED STATES
MINORITY POLITICS
THE POLITICS AND CULTURE OF MEXICO
LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS
ELECTIONS IN THE AMERICAS
SEX, GENDER, AND POLITICAL REPRESENTATION IN LATIN AMERICA
SOCIAL INEQUALITY
RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS
SOCIOLOGY OF IMMIGRATION
MAPPING LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE
ART IN LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE
LITERATURES FROM THE SOUTHERN CONE
CARIBBEAN LITERATURE
RACE, GENDER, CLASS, & ENVIRONMENT IN CENTRAL AMERICAN CULTURES
SPANISH CREATIVE WRITING
LATIN AMERICAN SHORT FICTION
DISABLED BODIES: ILLNESS AND LITERATURE IN LATIN AMERICA
THE MEXICAN REVOLUTION IN LITERATURE, MUSIC AND VISUAL ARTS
A REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN: TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY CUBAN CULTURE
TRENDS IN HISPANIC CINEMA
THE CITY IN LATIN AMERICA
LITERATURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT IN LATIN AMERICA
BOOM-BOOM-CRACK: LATIN AMERICAN NOVEL
BORDER NARRATIVES
LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE IN THE MOVIES
LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA
LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN'S CULTURE
TWENTIETH CENTURY MEXICAN NOVEL
WITNESSING, TRUTH & TRAUMA: TESTIMONIAL WRITING IN MEXICO & CENTRAL AMERICA
DIRECTED RESEARCH

Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in Latin American Studies

Transfer Credit 

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: https://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Program Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the major in Latin American Studies should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines:

  • No more than 4 courses (12 credit hours) of transfer credit from U.S. or international universities of similar standing as Rice may apply towards the major. 
  • 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.

Distribution Credit Information

The determination of distribution credit eligibility is done initially as part of the new course creation process. Additionally, as part of an annual roll call coordinated each Spring by the Office of the Registrar, course distribution credit eligibility is routinely reviewed and reaffirmed by the Dean’s Offices of each of the academic schools.  

Faculty and leadership in the academic schools are responsible for ensuring that the courses identified as distribution-credit-eligible meet the criteria as set in the General Announcements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet graduation requirements by completing coursework designated as distribution-credit-eligible at the time of course registration. 

Distribution courses from the Department of Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures are broad in theme and scope and provide students with a substantial inquiry into literature, art, media, history, thought, and/or politics, including specific national traditions, linguistic contexts, and historical periods. Such courses involve a broad and often interdisciplinary spectrum of knowledge, providing students with the tools for thinking critically about the formation of modern culture, its colonial past, and its national and linguistic traditions from antiquity to the present.

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures website: https://cultures.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the BA Degree with a Major in Latin American Studies

Academic Honors

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.

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures website: https://cultures.rice.edu/

See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this major.