Degree Programs

The Major and Minor

An interdisciplinary major or minor in Latin American Studies allows students to  build a foundation in the aesthetic, cultural, economic, environmental, geographical, historical, linguistic, political and social aspects of Latin America by taking coursework across disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and environmental sciences.  In addition to helping students develop breadth in Latin American Studies through coursework across multiple disciplines, the program emphasizes depth of understanding through study abroad and a concentration on a focused problem, topic, area, discipline or method.  Students develop significant language skills, cross-cultural understanding, an interdisciplinary approach, and the ability to incorporate Latin American perspectives in their analysis of fields including art, development, environmental conservation, history, language, literature, and politics.

Latin American Studies brings together knowledge from the humanities, the social sciences, and environmental studies to build a foundation in the cultural, economic, political, historical, geographical, aesthetic and environmental contexts of Latin America. In addition to developing breadth in Latin American studies through coursework in multiple disciplines, the program also emphasizes depth in understanding through concentration in a focused problem, topic, area, discipline, or method. Students develop significant language skills, cross cultural understanding, an interdisciplinary approach, and the ability to incorporate Latin American perspectives in their analysis of fields including art, development, environmental conservation, history, literature, and politics. Both a major and minor are offered.

Major Requirements

The major in Latin American studies consists of eleven courses (44 credits).

1. Core Course(1 courses, 4 credits)

  • LAST 101 Introduction to Latin America

2. Methods Course(1 course, 4 credits)

Majors must take one methods course from the approved list, or others as approved by the LAST advisor. Methods courses without Latin American content may be used to fulfill the methods requirement, but do not count towards the credits needed to complete the major. Students are advised to use courses from their content areas for additional appropriate methods in order to build depth in their major. Note: these courses might have prerequisites, so students should plan accordingly. The following are some suggested courses, but are not a complete list of those that may count for this requirement. Consult the faculty or director if you have questions.

  • ECON 200 Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • ENGL 201 Analysis of Literature
  • EVST 110 Introduction to Spatial Analysis and GIS
  • EVST 235 Environmental Impact Assessment
  • EVST 399 Research Methods in Environmental Studies (with a focus on Latin America)
  • POLI 200 The Study of Politics
  • SOAN 300 Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • SOAN 301 Fieldwork and Ethnographic Methods
  • SPAN 410 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
  • WGS 330 Feminist Research Methods

3. Content areas (8 courses, 32 credits)

LAST majors must take eight courses distributed among three content areas: Environmental Studies, Humanities, and the Social Sciences. To demonstrate breadth, at least one course must be taken from each content area. No more than four of these courses may be drawn from semesters or May Terms abroad. To demonstrate depth, LAST majors develop, in consultation with the LAST advisor, thematic, regional, or disciplinary emphases of at least four courses, structured around their interests and experiences. Study abroad courses apply to specific content areas at the discretion of the LAST advisor

4. Electives (2 courses, 8 credits)

In addition to the above requirements, two additional courses are required. These may include LAST 400 Capstone in Latin American Studies, directed studies, additional methods classes, and other electives falling into the content area.

Minor Requirements

The minor in Latin American Studies consists of six courses emphasizing breadth in Latin American Studies.

1. Core Course

  • LAST 101 Introduction to Latin America

2. Content Area and Methods Courses (5 courses)

Minors must take an additional five LAST, cross-listed, or study-abroad courses approved by the LAST advisor. At least two of the three LAST content areas must be represented by at least one course.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad Requirement:
Students are required to complete study abroad in a Latin American country (this requirement may be substituted by a significant educational experience in the local area that is focused on Latin American content).

  • Oaxaca/Guatemala/Cuba Integrated Semester:

  • This unique program,  sponsored by the University of Redlands and the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, offers 16 units of integrated studies comprised of both individual and collective classroom and experiential learning.
Instructor:  Patricia Wasielewski

Programs offered through our partners (CIEE, IES, IFSA-Butler, SFS, SIT) that can apply to the LAST major or minor are available in:

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Ecuador
  • Guatemala
  • Mexico City
  • Oaxaca
  • Panama
  • Peru

University of Redlands Faculty-led May Term Travel Courses: (the availability of May term courses changes each year: click the Study Abroad website for current information 

SOAN 348 - "Economic justice and Migration in Mexico"
Instructor: Sara Schoonmaker

CDIS 260 - "Guatemala: Service-Learning in Language, Culture, and Education"
Instructor: Barbara Conboy

EVST 250 – “PanaMapping: Geodesign to Conserve the Rainforest”
Instructor(s): Steven Moore & Dan Klooster



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