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    Latin American Studies majors benefit from a structured interdisciplinary approach that highlights the region-specific expertise of Davidson faculty across the curriculum.

Latin American Studies Major

The Latin American Studies program offers a major in Latin American Studies. Students are required to complete 10 courses to fulfill the requirements of the major.

  • LAS 101 Introduction to Latin American Studies
  • Two introductory courses in different disciplines from among the following: ANT 253 and HIS 162 or HIS 163 and POL 293
  • One theory/methodology course from among the following or another selected in consultation the adviser: ANT 205, ANT 341, ANT 371, HIS 264, POL 201, POL 347, SPA 270, SPA 340, or SPA 341
  • Five electives at the 200-level or above,  No more than five courses may be credited to any one department
  • Senior Capstone Seminar: comprised of a thematic investigation and a lengthy research paper that demonstrates an understanding of how different disciplines can inform each other in the study of Latin America

A complete list of courses and major requirements is available in the College Catalog.

Language Requirement

  • For Spanish: A 300- or 400-level Davidson College course taught in Spanish or an analogous course transferred, with the approval of the chair, from another institution
  • For Portuguese: Certification by the chair, following consultation with a Portuguese language instructor

Study Abroad Requirement

Approved study abroad or other significant off-campus experience in Latin American/Latinx communities prior to graduation. Extended stay in the region is essential for gaining linguistic and cultural fluency associated with an area studies major. Students may appeal this requirement in exceptional circumstances. For additional information, please visit our education abroad page.

Additional Notes to Majors

  • One independent study can be included among the electives
  • One course may be "Partial Latin American/Latino Studies Content"
  • No more than two course may be counted toward other majors or concentrations
  • Normally, a maximum of three ungraded courses may come from another institution. The chair may approve a greater number under circumstances such as a rigorous year-long study abroad

Latin American Studies vs. Hispanic Studies

There are key differences between the major in Latin American Studies and the major in Hispanic Studies. First, while the Hispanic Studies major requires classes on the literature and culture of both Spain and Latin America, the Latin American Studies major requires classes that focus on Latin America from the perspectives of several disciplines, including not only Hispanic Studies, but also Anthropology, History, Music, Political Science, and others.

Second, while all courses for the Hispanic Studies major are conducted in Spanish, most of the courses taken for the interdisciplinary LAS major are taught in English, with the notable exception of study abroad courses and the Hispanic Studies courses on literature and culture that also count toward the LAS major.

If you are interested in a major that focuses on the literature and culture of both Latin America and Spain through classes conducted exclusively in Spanish, you may wish to view the Hispanic Studies major.