Latin American and Border Studies

Majoring & Minoring

Note on course numbering: Please refer to the home department’s course numbering policy for contributing courses. 900-level courses include capstone, tutorials, honors, internships, and independent study. 

Major in Latin American and Border Studies: 9 courses

  • One introductory course from:
    • ARH71-034 Introduction to Art History: Latin America.
    • HIS16-404 Latin American History in Film & Literature
    • PHI18-284 Latin American Philosophy
  • Two advanced Spanish language, literature or culture courses chosen from:
    • SPA15-214 Written and Oral Expression
    • SPA15-334 Conversation Through Hispanic Cinema
    • SPA15-344 Introduction to Literary Studies
    • SPA15-354 Cultures and Communities of Latin America
    • SPA15-444 Hispano-American Literature Abroad
    • SPA15-454 Hispano-American Culture Abroad
    • SPA15-504 Selected Topics in Hispano-American Literature
    • SPA15-524 Readings in Contemporary Hispano-American Literature
    • SPA15-534 Cultural Memory in Latin America
    • SPA15-554 Contemporary Hispano-American Theatre
    • SPA15-614 Topics in Hispanic Film
    • SPA15-624 Topics in Hispanic Literature
    • SPA15-634 Topics in Hispanic Culture
    • SPA15-654 Citizenship and Conflict in Colombian Cinema
    • SPA15-664 Nature and Culture
    • SPA15-674 Leisure and Play in Latin America
    • SPA15-734 Spanish in the United States 
  • Five additional courses contributing to LABS, at least one course from each of the three different divisions, chosen from:
    • Humanities:
      • COM75-424 Latina/o/x Communication Studies
      • ENG10-174 Topics in American Literature: Borders/Frontiers/Contact Zones
      • HIS16-234 History of Colonial Latin America
      • HIS16-244 History of Modern Latin America
      • HIS16-294 Texas History
      • HIS16-414 The Mexican Revolution
      • PHI18-134 Philosophy, Race and Revolution
      • PHI18-154 Native American Philosophies
      • PHI18-284 Latin American Philosophy
    • Social Sciences:
      • ANT35-244 Race, Class and Gender in the Caribbean
      • EDU40-264 Second Language Acquisition
      • EDU40-274 Multicultural Children’s Literature
      • ENV49-214 Texas Our (?) Texas
      • FST04-254 Latinx Spiritualities
      • FST04-364 Chicana Feminisms
      • PSC32-184 Politics of Latin America and the Caribbean
    • Fine Arts:
      • ARH71-314 Art of Mesoamerica
      • ARH71-324 Art of the Andes
      • ARH71-364 Native Books, Images and Objects
  • Capstone Experience:
    • LABS majors must complete a capstone experience, which may be fulfilled with either the LAS06-964 Capstone course, or an existing departmental capstone course. The LABS capstone project must include a paper and oral presentation concentrating on a topic pertaining to Latin America and/or the United States borderlands, and can be written and presented in either English or Spanish. The LABS program chair must approve all capstone projects before student registration. 

Note: Other courses whose main content focuses on Latin America and/or borderlands may count toward the major, subject to approval by the LABS program chair.

Note: At least one LABS course must be writing attentive (WA).

Note: LABS majors are required to take a Spanish language proficiency exit exam and/or an oral interview prior to graduation. Students can access the assessment exam through the Spanish Department website.

Note: LABS majors are strongly encouraged to participate in a civic engagement project and take a long semester study abroad experience in a Spanish or Portuguese speaking country in Latin America.

Paired Major in Latin American and Border Studies and Spanish: 15 courses 

  • One introductory course from:
    • ARH71-034 Introduction to Art History: Latin America
    • HIS16-404 Latin American History in Film & Literature
    • PHI18-284 Latin American Philosophy
  • One course from:
    • SPA15-214 Written and Oral Expression
    • SPA15-334 Conversation through Hispanic Cinema
    • SPA15-344 Introduction to Literary Studies
  • One course from:
    • SPA15-354 Cultures and Communities of Latin America
    • SPA15-364 Cultures and Communities of Spain
  • Five additional courses contributing to LABS, at least one course from each of the three different divisions, chosen from:
    • Humanities:
      • COM75-424 Latina/o/x Communication Studies
      • ENG10-174 Topics in American Literature: Borders/Frontiers/Contact Zones
      • HIS16-234 History of Colonial Latin America
      • HIS16-244 History of Modern Latin America
      • HIS16-294 Texas History
      • HIS16-414 The Mexican Revolution
      • PHI18-134 Philosophy, Race and Revolution
      • PHI18-154 Native American Philosophies
      • PHI18-284 Latin American Philosophy
    • Social Sciences:
      • ANT35-244 Race, Class and Gender in the Caribbean
      • EDU40-264 Second Language Acquisition
      • EDU40-274 Multicultural Children’s Literature
      • ENV49-214 Texas Our (?) Texas
      • FST04-254 Latinx Spiritualities
      • FST04-364 Chicana Feminisms
      • PSC32-184 Politics of Latin America and the Caribbean
    • Fine Arts:
      • ARH71-314 Art of Mesoamerica
      • ARH71-324 Art of the Andes
      • ARH71-364 Native Books, Images and Objects
  • Two additional Spanish courses from any of the following levels: 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800
  • Three additional Spanish courses from any of the following levels: 400, 500, 600, 700, 800
  • LAS06-964 Capstone
  • SPA15-934 Research Seminar for Seniors (Capstone)

Minor in Latin American and Border Studies: 5 courses

  • One introductory course from:
    • ARH71-034 Introduction to Art History: Latin American
    • HIS16-404 Latin American History in Film & Literature
    • PHI18-284 Latin American Philosophy
  • Four additional courses contributing towards LABS, at least one course from two of the three different divisions, selected from those available for the major.

Note: LABS minors are required to take a Spanish language proficiency exit exam and/or an oral interview prior to graduation. Students can access the assessment exam through the Spanish Department website.

Note: LABS minors are encouraged to participate in a civic engagement project and study abroad experience in a Spanish or Portuguese speaking country in Latin America.

Latin American and Border Studies (LAS)

  • 06-001, 002, 003, 004 SELECTED TOPICS. May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 06-301, 302, 303, 304 SELECTED TOPICS. May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 06-901, 902, 903, 904 TUTORIAL.
  • 06-941, 942, 943, 944 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 06-951, 952, 953, 954 INDEPENDENT STUDY. May be repeated with change in content.
  • 06-964 CAPSTONE.
  • 06-984 HONORS. By invitation only