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Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies

Chair: Israel Reyes

Professors R. Bueno-Chávez (Spanish and Portuguese), J. M. Carey (Government), D. L. Nichols (Anthropology), B. Pastor (Spanish and Portuguese), S. D. Spitta (Spanish and Portuguese), K. L. Walker (French and Italian), R. A. Wright (Geography); Associate Professors L. Baldez (LALACS, Government), R. E. Biron (Spanish and Portuguese), R. A. Franconi (Spanish and Portuguese), I. Reyes (Spanish and Portuguese); Assistant Professors F. M. A’Ness (Spanish and Portuguese), M. K. Coffey (Art History), M. Dorsey (Environmental Studies), A. Gómez (Spanish and Portuguese), L. Gutiérrez Nájera (LALACS, Anthropology), A. Merino (Spanish and Portuguese), S. L. Mollett (Geography), T. Padilla (History), S.A.M.Vásquez (English); Research Assistant Professor P. E. Herrera (LALACS, Theater); Senior Lecturer D. J. Moody (Spanish and Portuguese); Lecturer J. Lirot (LALACS, Spanish & Portuguese); Visiting Assistant Professor C. Gómez (LALACS, Sociology); Visiting Instructor R. Galemba (LALACS).

Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies (LALACS) is an interdisciplinary program.

The standard major and minor in LALACS offer students the option of focusing their studies on Latin America and the Caribbean (LACS), Latino Studies (LATS), or a combination of both.

The LACS/LATS major and minor are designed to ensure both a broad exposure to Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies and the theoretical and empirical rigor of study in a single discipline or area of scholarship. The standard major consists of ten (10) courses, not counting the prerequisite.


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.


A. Two of the three survey courses: LACS 1, LACS 4, or LATS 3

B. Seven LACS and/or LATS courses including associated courses from our list

1. Of the seven courses, at least two must be from the Social Sciences and at least two must be from the Humanities

2. 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

C. A culminating experience, consisting of one of the following

1 A LACS or LATS Senior Seminar

2 An approved independent study with a LALACS professor

3 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.


Students wishing to pursue a minor in LALACS must take two of the survey courses (LACS 1, LACS 4, or LATS 3) plus a total of four additional courses, normally from two different regions and two different disciplines.


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


LALACS majors will be eligible to write an Honors thesis after having satisfactorily completed five major courses prior to the fall term of the senior year and having achieved both an overall College GPA of 3.3 and a major GPA of 3.3. Those interested in the Honors Program should petition for admission as early as possible in their fourth term prior to graduation.

The Honors Program consists of two terms of thesis work (LACS 98/LATS 98 and LACS 99/LATS 99), normally taken consecutively in the senior year with the first course receiving a standing of On-Going until work in the second is completed. LACS 98 or LATS 98 (Honors Research) may replace one of the electives (under B) and count toward the minimum group of major courses. The first week of fall term in the senior year students admitted to the honors program shall submit to the LALACS office a one to two page thesis proposal with bibliography signed by the advisor. At the end of Fall term students will write a five to seven page thesis prospectus. The prospectus should be presented to the LALACS Program Office no later than the first week of winter term to be approved by the LALACS Steering Committee. Theses must be completed by the eighth week of spring term of the senior year. Students missing this deadline may be liable to lose eligibility for honors. Guidance in the selection of a thesis topic and in research and writing will be provided by the student’s thesis advisor.


During their junior year, LACS/LATS majors may attend a summer program offered by Georgetown University at the Georgetown Center for Latin American Studies in Santiago, Chile. Applications for the program may be obtained from the LALACS office. These summer courses carry Georgetown credit. Students may apply for transfer credit from this program by contacting the registrar’s office for transfer application forms. All transfer terms and credit must be pre-approved by the Committee On Off-Campus Activities. The deadline for COCA transfer applications is one term in advance of the transfer term.

Students who take this program may apply to Georgetown to matriculate the summer after they graduate from Dartmouth. These students may be able to complete a Masters degree in Latin American Studies in two semesters instead of three.

For additional information contact Sheila Laplante in the LALACS office.