Latin American Studies

The Latin American studies concentration is designed to give students an understanding of culture, economies, political structures and the history of Latin American nations. The departments of economics, geographical sciences, history and political science, the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, the School of International Letters and Cultures (Spanish and Portuguese) and the School of Transborder Studies offer courses that combine in the interdisciplinary concentration.


  • The program requires Spanish or Portuguese proficiency through the 313 level of conversation and composition.
  • Students must complete 33 semester hours of upper-division courses from the above departments/colleges with a concentration in Latin America 18 semester hours in the major subject and 15 semester hours in other disciplines.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • Only language courses above 313 in literature and civilization count toward the interdisciplinary area of preparation.
  • Spanish and Portuguese courses above 313 in grammar and phonology do not count toward the major requirements. Students should meet with the Latin American Studies advisor regarding course questions.

Language 3 Hours Required

POR 313 Portuguese Composition and Conversation, G (3)

POR 314 Portuguese Composition and Conversation, G (3)

SPA 313 Spanish Conversation and Composition, G (3)

SPA 314 Spanish Conversation and Composition (3)

SPA 315 Spanish Conversation and Composition for Bilinguals (3)

SPA 316 Spanish Conversation and Composition for Bilinguals (3)

SPA 319 Business Correspondence and Communication, G (3)

SPA 412 Advanced Conversation and Composition, G (3)

SPA 413 Advanced Spanish Grammar, G (3)

SPA 417 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology (3)

SPA 420 Applied Spanish Linguistics, L (3)

Latin American Content 30 Hours Upper Division Requirements
Select courses in consultation with a Latin American Studies advisor.
Choose elective courses from the following:

ARS 362 Pre-Columbian Art I, HU & H (3)

ARS 469 Mexican Art, HU & H (3)

ASB 322 Peoples of Mesoamerica, L & SB & G (3)

ASB 337 Pre-Hispanic Civilization of Middle America

GCU 323 Geography of Latin America, SB & G (3)

GCU 424 Geography of Mexico and Middle America, SB & G (3)

GCU 583 Fieldwork

GCU 591 Seminar

GCU 598 Special Topics

HST 305 Studies in Latin American History, SB & H (3)

HST 331/TCL 331Mexican American History to 1900, SB & H & C (3)

HST 375 Colonial Latin America, SB & H (3)

HST 376 Modern Latin America, SB & H (3)

HST 378 Latin American Women: The National Period, SB & G & H (3)

HST 443 The United States and Latin America, SB & G & H (3)

HST 445 20th-Century Cuba, SB & G & H (3)

HST 447 Modern Mexico, SB & H (3)

POR 321 Luso-Brazilian Literature, HU (3)

POR 472 Luso-Brazilian Civilization, HU & G (3)

POR 485 Political Economy, SB (3)

POS 453 Latin America, SB & G (3)

POS 454 Mexico (3)

REL 332 South American Indian Religions

REL 430 Mesoamerican Shamanic Cosmographies

SPA 427 Spanish American Literature

SPA 428 Spanish American Literature

SPA 429 Mexican Literature

SPA 454 19th-Century Spanish American Narrative

SPA 456 20th-Century Spanish American Fiction

SPA 471 Civilization of the Spanish Southwest

SPA 472 Spanish American Civilization

SPA 474 Mexican Culture

TCL 310 Transborder Chicano/a and Latino/a Folklore of Southwest North America

TCL 314 Transborder Regional Immigration and Economy

TCL 350 Transborder Mexican and Chicano/a Artistic Production

TCL 444 The Ethnography of Mexico and the Borderlands

THE 426 Theatre of the Americas



All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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