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Undergraduate Major Requirements

Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) Major 

A major in Latin American and Caribbean Studies introduces you to the traditions, heritage and contemporary experience of Latin American nations and their people. As a student, you will be able to develop critical language and cultural skills that serve as the foundation for careers in public service, business, humanitarian work, law, and health care. Students with multidisciplinary backgrounds are provided with a broad understanding of multiple academic areas with the unifying context of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Requirements for the Undergraduate Major

Area VI Requirements:

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LACS 1000: Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies (3 hours) OR LACS 2002 (3 hours)

HIST 2221: Latin American Civilization to 1800 (3 hours)

HIST 2222: Latin American Civilization since 1800 (3 hours)

9 hours selected from the following list:

  • Any LACS 1000 or 2000 level courses
  • Any QUEC, SPAN, PORT, or FREN 1000 or 2000 level courses (secondary level)
  • ANTH 1102, AESC 2990S, DANC 2620, ETAP 2200, GEOG 1101 or GEOG 2010H, INTL 1100, MUSI 2070, PTSP 2550, ROML/SPAN 2550, WMST 1110

Up to 9 hours of language courses can be used to satisfy Area VI requirements.

Major Language Requirement:

Choose three (3) courses at the 3000-4000 level in ONE of the following: (9 hours)

SPAN, PORT, or FREN

*Those who elect SPAN or PORT must include SPAN 3010 or SPAN 3010H or PORT 3010 as one of the three courses.

Upper Division Major Requirements:

LACS 4300: Critical Concepts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (3 hours)

LACS 4911: Latin American and Caribbean Studies Senior Capstone Seminar (3 hours)

Interdisciplinary Areas:

8 3000/4000 level LACS courses

Mixing courses from the different areas and departments below is required. Courses must be selected from at least two (2) different areas. Within at least one of the areas, courses must represent two (2) or more departments.

For descriptions of the following courses, visit the UGA Bulletin for the LACS Major

SOCIAL SCIENCES
AFAM(ROML) 4860/6860: Topics in Afro-Hispanic Identity
AFST(RELI)(LACS) 4620/6620: African Religion in Diaspora
ANTH(LING) 3080: Anthropology of Language
ANTH(NAMS)(LACS) 3270: New World Archaeology
ANTH(NAMS)(LACS) 3430: Indians of Mexico and Central America
ANTH 3540: Multicultural Health Care
ANTH 3541: Anthropology of Eating
ANTH(LACS) 4225/6225: Mexican Civilization: Cultural Identity of Mexican People
ANTH(ECOL) 4290/6290: Environmental Archaeology
ANTH(PBIO) 4300/6300-4300L/6300L: Ethnobotany
ANTH(NAMS)(LACS) 4460/6460: The Aztecs and the Maya
ANTH 4790/6790: Human Adaptation
GEOG 3640: The Geography of Human Rights
GEOG(LACS) 4720/6720: Geography of Latin America
INTL(LACS) 4270: Inter-American Relations
INTL(LACS) 4315: Comparative Democracy, Democratization, and Civil Society
INTL(LACS) 4380: Latin American Political Systems
JRLC(LACS) 5060: Telenovelas, Culture, and Society
JRLC 5080: International Mass Communication
LACS 4010: Latin American Indigenous Languages I
LACS 4800: Latin American and Caribbean Studies Internship
LACS 4900: Special Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
LACS(SOCI) 4910: Citizenship and Social Movements in Latin America and the Caribbean
SOCI 3010: Sociology of Culture
SOCI(WMST)(LACS) 4280: Global Perspectives on Gender
SOCI(LACS) 4290: Sociology of Latin America
WMST 3110: Gender, Race, Class, Sexuality
WMST(LACS) 3500: Women in the Caribbean
WMST 4130/6130: Transnational Perspectives on Women and Gender

HUMANITIES, ART, and MUSIC
CMLT(AFAM)(AFST)(GEOG)(LACS) 4260/6260: The Black and Green Atlantic: Crosscurrents of the African and Irish Diasporas
CMLT(AFST)(LACS) 4545/6545: Comparative Postcolonial Studies
ENGL 4860: Multicultural Topics in American Literature
FILM(LACS) 4640/6640 or FILM(LACS) 4640I/6640I: Latin American Film and Media
FREN any 3000-4000 level
FREN(LACS) 4170: Francophone Film, Literature, and Culture
HIST 3040: Latinos/Latinas in the United States
HIST(LACS) 3220 or HIST(LACS) 3220H: History of Mexico
HIST(LACS) 3230 or HIST(LACS) 3230I: History of Brazil
HIST(LACS) 3235: Andean History: From Inka Empire to Plurinational State
HIST 3240: The Caribbean Area
HIST 3270: History of Argentina and Chile in the 20th Century
HIST 3710: The Atlantic World, 1450-1750: Exchange, Conquest, and Empire
HIST 3711: Atlantic World, 1750-1900: Slavery, Capitalism, and Revolution
HIST(LACS) 4200/6200: Studies in Latin American History
HIST 4211/6211 or HIST 4211H: Cuba from Emancipation to Revolution
HIST(RELI) 4214/6214: Introduction to the Religions of the Caribbean
HIST 4220/6220: The United States and Latin America
HIST(LACS) 4230/6230: Supernatural Latin America: Readings on Witchcraft, Shamanism, and Popular Religion
HIST 4235/6235: Pirates, Captives, and Travelers: Mobility on the High Seas
HIST(LACS) 4240/6240: Citizenship and Social Movements in Latin America and the Caribbean
HIST(LACS) 4250/6250: Race, Nation, and Popular Culture in Latin America
LACS 4050/6050: Current Topics in Latin American Research
LACS(CMLT) 4700/6700: Special Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Transnational Comparative Studies
LACS 4900: Special Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
LLED 4620/6620: ESOL Service Learning
LLED 4730/6730: Methods and Material for Community-Based Language Teaching
LLED 5555: Supervised World Language Internship
PORT any 3000-4000 level
SPAN(LING) 3050: Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
SPAN(LING) 4650: Spanish Phonetics and Language Variation
SPAN any 3000-4000 level (except SPAN 4081)
WMST 3110: Gender, Race, Class, Sexuality
WMST(LACS) 3500: Women in the Caribbean
WMST 4130/6130: Transnational Perspectives on Women and Gender

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, POLICY, and HISTORICAL PRESERVATION
AAEC 4960: International Agricultural Trade Policy
AESC 2990S: Understanding and Communicating with the Latino Community in the Green Industry
ALDR(AFST)(LACS) 3820E: Reflections on Fighting Hunger
ALDR 3820H: Reflections on Fighting Hunger (Honors)
ALDR(AFST)(LACS) 4710/6710: International Agricultural Development
ALDR(AFST)(LACS) 4710E/6710E: International Agricultural Development
ANTH(ECOL) 4290/6290: Environmental Archaeology
ANTH(PBIO) 4300/6300-4300L/6300L: Ethnobotany
CRSS(HORT)(ANTH)(ECOL)(GEOG) 4930/6930: Agroecology of Tropical America
CRSS(HORT)(ANTH)(ECOL)(GEOG) 4931/6931: Agroecology of Tropical America Field Trip
EETH(AESC) 4190/6190: Agricultural Ethics
EHSC 4400: Environmental Issues in the Developing World
FORS(ECOL)(GEOG) 4250/6250: International Forest Management
FORS(CRSS)(ECOL)(ANTH) 4760: Agroforestry in the Caribbean
HIPR 4000/6000: Introduction to Historic Preservation
HIPR 4072/6072: Issues in International Heritage Conservation
HORT(ANTH)(PBIO) 3440: Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants
LACS 4900: Special Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
PBIO(ECOL) 4750/6750: Tropical Ecology and Conservation>

For a downloadable version of our LACS Major Checklist, click here: LACS Major Requirements Worksheet

For more information contact Frans Weiser, frweiser@uga.edu.

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