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To be admitted to the LAS major, students must complete HIST 181 (History of Early Latin America) or HIST 182 (Modern Latin American History).
The major requires a minimum of 36 credit hours of LAS-related coursework. Students must complete HIST 181, HIST 182, and either LTAM 354 (Introduction to Latin American Society I: Social Sciences) or LTAM 355 (Introduction to Latin American Society II: Humanities). These courses may be applied to either the 15 credit hours of Core Courses or the 9 credit hours of Electives (see below). Students are encouraged to take the interdisciplinary course (LTAM 354 or LTAM 355) that best supports their chosen core. Please note that 18 of the 36 credit hours completed for the LAS major must be at the 300 level or above. Also, courses completed for the Core and Electives must represent at least three different disciplines.
All students must submit to the LAS Advisor a paper written after the completion of 24 credit hours towards the major. The paper, written for a course completed for the major, should have at least 40% Latin American content, relate to the student's chosen core area of focus (either Humanities or Social Sciences), present an analytical argument based on data or texts, and be at least 5 pages in length.
Students are encouraged to pursue study abroad, if desired; however, per university policy, at least 18 of the 36 hours required for the major must be taken on the main campus of UNM.
The curriculum is comprised of 3 areas: language courses, core courses, and elective courses. Additionally, students may choose to obtain a concentration in Brazilian Studies.
Students are required to achieve proficiency in two Latin American languages. Twelve credit hours must be completed in one of the following 7 options.
Students must complete 9 credit hours of LAS-related elective courses. Electives may fall within the humanities or social/natural sciences, regardless of the chosen Core.
LAS majors may earn a Certificate of Concentration in Brazilian Studies by completing the Portuguese concentration language track and five of the following courses:
Students may petition to include other courses with substantial Brazil content.