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Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies
Dartmouth College
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Major Program


Stela from Copan, depicting one of its famous (or perhaps simply most self-agrandizing) rulers.

Language Competency-Demonstrated competency in Spanish or Portuguese equivalent to Spanish 3 or Portuguese 3. This requirement must normally be satisfied before the end of the sixth term. Students are 
strongly encouraged to study a second language, preferably Portuguese, Spanish, or French. Students planning to take a Foreign Study Program (FSP) must fulfill departmental requirements. 

Major Course Requirements For The LACS/LATS Major

  1. Two of the three survey courses: LACS 1, LACS 4, or LATS 3
  2. Seven LACS and or LATS courses including associated courses from our list

    • Of the seven courses, at least two must be from the Social Sciences
       and at least two must be from the Humanities 
    •  Four of the seven courses must constitute a concentration that reflects a
       disciplinary or scholarly focus that can combine courses from one or
       more departments and programs. All four-course concentrations must
       be approved by the LALACS Chair 
  3. A culminating experience, consisting of one of the following
    •  A LACS or LATS Senior Seminar
    •  An approved independent study with a LALACS professor
    •  A senior honors thesis in LACS or LATS


Students may fulfill their Humanities requirement by taking the Spanish FSP in Argentina or the Portuguese FSP in Brazil. Of the three FSP credits, two may be counted towards the major.

 Modifying Another Major with LACS/LATS

Students wishing to modify another major with LACS/LATS must take one of our survey courses (LACS 1, LACS 4, or LATS 3) and four additional courses from at least two different disciplines.

Last Updated: 10/29/08