Spanish, Latin American and Latino Studies

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The Special Field of Spanish, Latin American and Latino Studies offers the opportunity to explore the riches of literature, art, and film, as well as the history and politics of cultural production, on three continents. Plans of study may include courses in related fields such as anthropology, linguistics, economics, government, history, history of art and architecture, music, psychology and sociology. RLL offerings cover the full range of Spanish-speaking cultures, from the European Middle Ages to a vibrant present in which the language thrives, in dialogue with others, in Europe,in Latin America (including Brazil) and in U.S. Latino communities. The growing importance of Spanish and Portuguese as world languages increases opportunities to put cultural knowledge and communication skills to practical use. Concentrators have the option of studying Portuguese and indigenous languages and cultures, as well as Spanish.


A. Courses in language and culture (minimum 2 courses or proficiency in Spanish; maximum 3 courses)

Recommended courses (or equivalent as approved by the Special Field Adviser in Spanish, Latin American and Latino Studies): SPANSH 40, SPANSH 49h, SPANSH 50, SPANSH 59h, SPANSH 61

B. Introductory courses in literary and cultural history (minimum 2 courses)

Recommended courses (or equivalents as approved by the Special Field Adviser in Spanish, Latin American and Latino Studies):  LAT-STD 70, SPANSH 70a, SPANSH 70c, SPANSH 71a, SPANSH 71b, SPANSH 71c

C. Sophomore Tutorial (1 course)

Recommended course: SPAN 97 or ROM-STD 97

D. Courses in RLL/SPANSH/LAT-STD at the 80, 90, 100 and 200 levels (4 courses)

At least three of these courses must be taught in the target language. At least two must be at the 100-level or above.  N.B. At least one course in category B or D should deal with literature and culture before 1800.

E. Courses in related fields (minimum 2, maximum 4)

Content must be clearly related to the Special Field. Adviser or DUS may require that individual research incorporate Spanish, Latin American or Latino content.

F. Elective course (maximum 1 course)

Category A, B, D, E course, or approved Gateway or General Education course.

G. HONORS track (2 courses)

Students who qualify for the Honors track may elect a thesis or no-thesis option. See section on Honors track for details.

Use this worksheet to create and track a Plan of Study with your faculty adviser. Click here for the downloadable version of this page.

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