Major

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Total hours required . The proposed program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Studies is a 120 semester-hour program, including completion of all General Education Requirements and at least 30 semester hours in courses approved for Latin American Studies credit.

Grades required . To graduate, students majoring in Latin American Studies must have an overall GPA of at least 2.0, including a GPA of at least 2.0 in the major.

Amount of credit accepted for transfer. Up to 64 semester hours may be accepted from a two-year institution.  There is no limit on the number of hours that may be accepted from four-year institutions.  All students must complete their last 30 semester hours in residence at UNC Charlotte, including the last twelve hours of the major.

Study Abroad or Work Experience. Students are required to complete a study abroad or work experience in Latin American Studies.  This may be fulfilled through participation in a formal study abroad program, through foreign-based work, service or internship activities; through an internship in the United States involving work with Latino populations; or through completing 6 credit hours in a second foreign language current in Latin America such as Spanish, Portuguese, French, or 3 hours in an indigenous language such as Yucatec Maya, Náhuatl, or Quechua.  Academic credits earned may be applied to the requirements of the major.  At the discretion of the Program Coordinator, prior international experience may be considered.

Language and/or research tool requirements. Students are expected to demonstrate competency in Spanish by completion of two courses at the 3000 level or above, or a combination of Portuguese through the 2000 level and reading knowledge in Spanish equivalent to the completion of SPAN 2050.

 

CURRICULUM

Introductory Course: LTAM 1100 Introduction to Latin America (3 hours)

Thematic Courses: Two to three courses from each of the following three perspectives (minimum of 24 hours):

  • Economy and Society (6-9 hours)
    Courses in this perspective emphasize social science approaches to the study of contemporary Latin America such as anthropology, political science, and business language.  Economy and Society courses are designated in the LTAM course catalog by the numbers 21xx, 31xx, 41xx, for example, LTAM 2116 (Contemporary Latin America), LTAM 3144 (Latin American Politics), and LTAM 4120 (Advanced Business Spanish.)
  • Historical Context (6-9 hours)
    Courses in this perspective focus on the historical development of Latin America since Pre-Columbian times, and they include courses in History and Archaeology.  Students must take at least one class on pre-Columbian and/or colonial Latin America .  Historical Context courses are designated in the LTAM course catalog by the numbers 22xx, 32xx, and 42xx, for example, LTAM 2206 (Colonial Latin America)and LTAM 3276 (History of Mexico.)  One of these courses must focus on the pre-colonial and/or colonial periods.
  • Literature and the Arts (6-9 hours)
    Courses in this perspective study the cultural production of Latin American peoples such as the arts, literature and film, and they include courses in Art History, Spanish, and film studies.  Literature and the Arts courses are designated in the LTAM course catalog by the numbers 23xx, 33xx, and 43xx, for example, LTAM 3360 (Studies in Hispanic Film) and LTAM 4313 (Studies in Spanish American Prose Fiction.)

Students doing a second major may count up to nine (9) hours of credit from courses fulfilling requirements in that major towards requirements for the Latin American Studies degree.  Students doing a major/minor combination may count up to six (6) hours credit from courses used in the minor towards the requirements for the major in Latin American Studies.  These stipulations include cross listed courses regardless of program designation under which the course was taken.  Exceptions may be approved by the program director upon consultation with the other program or department.  Note:  Students exercising this option should be aware that the accuracy of the on-line degree audit may be affected.

Students may take LTAM 2000 Topics in Latin American Studies; or LTAM 3000 Advanced Topics in Latin American Studies to help fulfill these requirements.  As the topics of these courses vary, students may repeat them for credit.  The Director of Latin American Studies will determine which perspective(s) a given section of LTAM 2000 or LTAM 3000 fulfills.  With the approval of the program director, students may also apply up to three hours of LTAM 3800 (Independent Study) toward these requirements.

Capstone Seminar. LTAM 4600 Seminar in Latin American Studies may only be taken after completion of at least 18 hours in the major, including LTAM 1100, and fulfillment of the language requirement.  As the topic of this course varies, it may be taken more than once to fulfill an elective requirement.  In that case, the first LTAM 4600 will fulfill a thematic requirement, and the second course will fulfill the capstone requirement.

Foreign Language. Students are expected to demonstrate competency in Spanish by completion of two courses at the 3000 level or above; or a combination of Portuguese through the 2000 level and reading knowledge in Spanish equivalent to the completion of SPAN 2050.

Experiential Learning. Students are required to complete a study or work experience in Latin American Studies.  This may be fulfilled through participation in any one of the following:

A formal study-abroad program of at least 45 contact hours equaling three hours of academic credit.

At least 135 hours of work, service or internship activities in Latin America or with Latino populations in the United States . 3 hours of academic credit for this option are available by enrolling in LTAM 3400 Internship in Latin American Studies.

Course work in another Latin American language in addition to the foreign language requirement above.  This option may be fulfilled by completing 6 credit hours in Spanish, Portuguese, or French.  Students may also elect to complete 3 hours in an indigenous language such as Yucatec Maya, Náhuatl, or Quechua.  As the latter languages are currently not taught at UNC Charlotte, interested students would need to enroll in an off-campus program.

Academic credits earned in the course of fulfilling this requirement may be applied to the requirements of the major.

At the discretion of the Program Coordinator, prior life, study, or work experience may be considered in exempting a student from this requirement.

Honors in Latin American Studies. This optional credential may be awarded to students with a minimum overall GPA of 3.25 and a GPA of at least 3.25 in Latin American Studies courses.  To receive honors in Latin American Studies, a student must be approved by the Latin American Studies Honors Committee as well as the University Honors Council.  Students who plan to graduate with “Honors in Latin American Studies” must apply for, and be approved for “Honors Candidacy” during the semester prior to the semester they plan to graduate.  They must register for three hours of LTAM 4700:  Honors in Latin American Studies, during their senior year and present an honors thesis based on in-depth research in primary sources to a committee composed of three members of the Latin American Studies faculty.  One of these faculty members will serve as the student's primary honors thesis adviser.  Following an oral defense of the thesis, the committee shall award a grade.  A thesis awarded an “A” is acceptable for curricular honors.  Students may also obtain honors through the University Honors Program (details available at www.uhonors.uncc.edu/ ).