Requirements for the Undergraduate Concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LAST): 10 Courses
1. Language and Culture (1-2 courses)
Competence in either Spanish or Portuguese is required. Students must take one course in HISP0100 - HISP0500 or POBS0110 - POBS0400. Concentrators may meet this requirement with a language proficiency exam, given by the language department of choice. However, an exam will not be assigned course credit in the concentration. Students may petition to the concentration advisor if they would like to study an alternative language from the region to meet this requirement.
We strongly recommend that concentrators take at least one course focused on increasing their familiarity with the region's cultures. Students are encouraged to use a literature, art, music, or anthropology course to meet this requirement.
2. Area Studies (6-7 courses)
Two types of area-focused courses are required:
a. Courses listed or cross-listed as Latin American and Caribbean Studies
b. Courses from departments across the university that focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. A diverse list of courses offered on the region is posted here each semester.
At least two disciplines apart from Latin American and Caribbean Studies must be represented among the six to seven area studies courses. Please contact the concentration advisor to ask whether specific courses not listed on our website can be used to meet requirements.
3. Research (1-2 courses)
Concentrators are required to complete a major research paper or project on the region. This requirement can be met in one of three ways.
a. Senior Honors Thesis
- Thesis, supervised by a primary advisor and a secondary reader
- Includes credit for a year-long reading and research course (LAST 1990, LAST1991)
- Qualifies a student to graduate with Honors in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Review the requirements, guidelines, and timeline of graduating with Honors in Latin American and Caribbean Studies here.
b. Senior Project
- Presentation of a film, museum exhibition, concert, art show, or other appropriate project, together with a paper that clearly identifies the academic relevance of the project
- Includes credit for a year-long research course (LAST1990, LAST1991)
- Supervised by one faculty advisor
- The concentration advisor must approve the proposed project by the end of the sixth semester
-May qualify a student to graduate with Honors
c. Senior Research Paper
- A research paper written in an advanced (1000-level) undergraduate seminar on Latin America and the Caribbean
- Typically 20-30 pages in length
- The concentration advisor must approve the seminar and paper topic by the end of the seventh semester
5. Internships / Volunteer Service Work
Students must complete at least one semester or one summer of internship or volunteer service work related to the region. The work can take place in the United States or abroad.
Students must submit an internship / service work proposal form to the concentration advisor for prior approval. Upon completion of the internship or service work, students submit a brief summary report to the concetration advisor, signed by a supervisor, on how their experience related to Latin American and Caribbean Studies. \
Please note that this requirement can be fulfilled through paid or unpaid work. Visit our Funding for Undergraduates page for more information about grants that can help students afford a range of volunteer and service work.
6. Foreign Study
Study abroad (usually in the junior year) is strongly encouraged as an important part of the concentration. Interested Students should begin to prepare early. Review details of Brown Programs and Approved Programs on the Office of International Programs Website.