Yajaira M. Padilla
Director of Studies
723 Kimpel Hall

Latin American and Latino Studies Website

Students interested in Latin America and wishing to maximize their potential for academic, business, professional, or government careers related to the area, may earn a second major or a minor in Latin American and Latino studies together with a primary major in another discipline in Fulbright College. Advice on appropriate combinations of Latin American and Latino studies with other primary majors as well as individual approval of such combinations may be obtained from the Latin American and Latino studies program director. New students in this program must officially declare both majors and notify the Latin American and Latino studies program director. Degree checks must also be cleared with the program director. Freshmen and sophomores considering this program are advised to begin their study of Spanish or Portuguese as early as possible.

Requirements for a Second Major in Latin American and Latino Studies

In addition to the requirements of a primary departmental major, students pursuing a second major in Latin American and Latino Studies must complete the following:

Language Competence: The student must complete SPAN 2013, PORT 2013, or equivalent. Provisions are available for recognition of language skills gained by other means than formal course work taken at the University of Arkansas: See information under the entry in the department of world languages. Further functional work in Spanish or Portuguese as well as study and residence in a Latin American nation can serve to strengthen language competence and are encouraged.

Colloquium: The student must complete at least three hours in the interdepartmental colloquium, LALS 4003. The Colloquium may be repeated, with the adviser’s approval, provided the topic is different.

Electives: The student must complete 18 hours, in addition to LALS 4003, in courses with specific Latin American or Latino content, or individualized study options under instructors teaching Latin American or Latino Studies. Students choosing to take individualized readings or directed research courses must obtain the approval of the director of the area studies program. In the selection of the electives, the following conditions apply:

  1. Courses must be selected from at least three different departments,
  2. A maximum of nine hours may be submitted from courses taken in any one department.

The following courses and individualized study options may be taken in fulfillment of elective requirements:

ANTH 2013Introduction to Latin American Studies3
ANTH 3553Religion in Latin America3
ANTH 4263Identity and Culture in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands3
Art History
ARHS 4563Pre-Columbian Art3
ARHS 4563HHonors Pre-Columbian Art3
ARHS 4573Artists of New Spain3
ARHS 4573HHonors Artists of New Spain3
ECON 3843Economics of the Developing World3
ECON 3853Emerging Markets3
ENGL 3543Topics in U.S. Latino/Latina Literature and Culture (English)3
ENGL 4523Studies in U.S. Latino/Latina Literature and Culture3
HIST 3073Women and Gender in Modern Latin American History3
HIST 3193The Making of the Modern Caribbean3
HIST 3203Colonial Latin America3
HIST 3213Modern Latin America3
HIST 3283U.S. Latinos and Latinas through Film3
HIST 3303U.S. Immigration History3
HIST 3313Latinos and Latinas in the U.S.3
HIST 3843Special Topics in Latin American and Caribbean History3
HIST 4173The Latin American City3
HIST 3363The Atlantic World, 1400-18503
HIST 4443Frontiers and Borderlands in Colonial Latin America3
HIST 4743The Cold War in Latin America: Revolutions, Violence, and Politics3
HIST 4783History of Modern Mexico3
HIST 4813Africans and Slavery in Colonial Latin America3
HIST 4823Black Freedom in the Age of Emancipation3
HIST 7313Reading Seminar in Latin American History3
Latin American and Latino Studies
LALS 2013Latin American Studies3
LALS 399VHHonors Thesis1-6
LALS 4003Latin American Studies Colloquium3
MUHS 4253Capstone Project Seminar (Latin American Music)3
Political Science
PLSC 3263Latino Politics3
PLSC 3573Governments and Politics of Latin America3
PLSC 3593Politics of Mexico3
PLSC 4793Latino/Hispanic Political Thought3
PLSC 4873Inter-American Politics3
PORT 3013Brazilian Cinema3
PORT 3103Introduction to Luso-Afro-Brazilian Literature3
PORT 3203Brazilian Cultural and Social Issues3
SOCI 3173Latinos, Migration, and the U.S. South3
SPAN 3103Cultural Readings3
SPAN 3113Introduction to Literature3
SPAN 3123Spanish for Heritage Speakers II3
SPAN 4133Survey of Spanish-American Literature I3
SPAN 4193Survey of Spanish-American Literature II3
SPAN 4223Latin American Civilization3
SPAN 4243Literature and Culture in the Hispanic United States3
SPAN 4253Latin American Cinema and Society3
SPAN 475VSpecial Investigations1-6
SPAN 5253Colonial Literature and Culture3
SPAN 539319th Century Spanish American Literature3
SPAN 546320th Century Spanish American Literature3
SPAN 5703Special Topics3
SPAN 5943U.S. Latino/a Literatures and Cultures3

Requirements for a Minor in Latin American and Latino Studies: Students wishing to minor in Latin American and Latino Studies must fulfill the Colloquium (LALS 4003) and the language requirements described in the combined major, and must complete at least 12 hours from among the electives listed in the combined major. Electives must include courses from at least two different academic departments. Included in the 12 hours may be 3 additional hours of LALS 4003, provided the topic is different.

Requirements for Honors in Latin American and Latino Studies: The Honors Program in Latin American and Latino Studies gives junior and senior students of high ability the opportunity to enroll in enriched courses and conduct independent research culminating in an honors thesis. In addition to satisfying the general Fulbright College requirements for graduation and the basic eligibility requirements for honors as established by the Honors Council, candidates for honors in Latin American and Latino Studies must complete 12 hours of honors credit in partial satisfaction of requirements for the co-major. One to six of these may be thesis hours (LALS 399VH). The preferred method for satisfying the remaining hours is to enroll in the colloquium at least once for honors credit (LALS 4003H) and to take relevant honors colloquia or graduate courses (with permission) in one of the departments contributing to this interdisciplinary area study. The thesis committee shall include a representative from the major discipline (in the case of multiple majors, from the discipline contributing most significantly to the topic). Successful completion of these requirements will be recognized by the award of the distinction “Latin American and Latino Studies Scholar Cum Laude” at graduation. Higher degree distinctions are recommended only in exceptional cases and are based upon the whole of the candidate’s program of honors studies.


LALS 2013. Latin American Studies. 3 Hours.

This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to Latin America. Drawing on Latin American literature, history, sociology, and political science, the course examines the broad forces that have shaped the region. (Typically offered: Irregular)

LALS 399VH. Honors Thesis. 1-6 Hour.

Honors thesis research hours. Prerequisite: Junior standing. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

LALS 4003. Latin American Studies Colloquium. 3 Hours.

An interdepartmental colloquium with an annual change in subject of investigation, required of all Latin American studies majors. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing for Latin American and Latino Studies majors. (Typically offered: Spring) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

LALS 4003H. Honors Latin American Studies Colloquium. 3 Hours.

An interdepartmental colloquium with an annual change in subject of investigation. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and honors standing for Latin American and Latino Studies majors. (Typically offered: Spring) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.
This course is equivalent to LALS 4003.