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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Please note: Should a discrepancy arise between this website and the Arts & Science Calendar, the requirements stated in the Calendar shall prevail.

Updated July 11, 2017. 

Major          |          Minor

 


 

 Latin American Studies Major (Arts program)

Enrolment in this program requires the completion of 4.0 courses. There are no specific first-year requirements. However, first-year students are encouraged to take a Spanish or Portuguese language course (SPA100Y1, SPA219Y1, SPA220Y1, SPA320Y1, PRT100Y1, PRT110Y1, PRT219Y1, or PRT220Y1), which counts towards any Latin American Studies program degree.

To complete a Latin American Studies Major, the student must complete 7 full courses or equivalent, including at least two courses at the 300+ level, of which at least 0.5 FCE must be at the 400-level

1. Course work: Students must successfully complete seven full courses or their equivalents sponsored or approved by LAS, as well as satisfy the requirements of their departmental specialization.
Of the required courses:
*   LAS200H1 and LAS201H1 (previously LAS200Y1)
*   At least one course must be LAS300H1 or LAS301H1. Note that if the subject matter and / or instructor has changed, it will be possible to take, and be credited for, LAS300H1 or LAS301H1 more than once. * See Note below.
*   JQR360H1 or an alternative, but similar, 0.5 FCE on the combination of quantitative and qualitative reasoning / research design can be taken upon consulation with LAS administration.
*   LAS400H1, LAS401H1, or an equivalent 0.5 FCE fourth-year level course, approved by LAS administration

2. Language: Students must successfully complete (with a minimum grade of 65%) at least the second level of language instruction in Spanish or Portuguese by the end of the third year of study (SPA220Y1 or PRT220Y1). Spanish Heritage speakers must successfully complete (with a grade of at least 65%) SPA219Y1 (previously SPA319Y1), as this course is considered an equivalent of SPA220Y1. Portuguese Heritage speakers must successfully complete (with a minimum grade of 65%) PRT219Y1, as this course is considered an equivalent of PRT220Y1. Students can also demonstrate equivalent proficiency in the given language through completion of 1 FCE of Spanish and / or Portuguese courses in Latin American topics as approved by LAS administration at a second-year level of instruction or higher.

Note: Because we encourage our students to be exposed to multidisciplinary perspectives, we strongly recommend that they choose their third-year level LAS course to complement their other program studies. For instance, if you are enrolled in LAS and Spanish (Humanities), we suggest you choose LAS 300, Topics in Social Sciences. Likewise, if you are enrolled in LAS and Political Science (Social Science), we advise that you choose LAS 301, Topics in Humanities.


 Latin American Studies Minor (Arts Program)

Enrolment in this program requires the completion of 4.0 courses. There are no specific first-year requirements. However, first-year students are encouraged to take a Spanish or Portuguese language course (SPA100Y1, SPA219Y1, SPA220Y1, SPA320Y1, PRT100Y1, PRT110Y1, PRT219Y1, or PRT220Y1), which counts towards any Latin American Studies program degree.

To complete a Latin American Studies Minor, the student must complete 4 FCEs or their equivalent, including LAS200H1, LAS201H1, and at least one full course at the 300+ level.)

1. LAS200H1 and LAS201H1 (previously LAS200Y1).
2. LAS300H1 or LAS301H1. *See Note below.
3. 2.5 FCEs chosen from LAS courses of the list of approved courses eligible for programme credit. A minimum of 0.5 FCE must be from the Social Sciences; another 0.5 FCE must be from the Humanities. (LAS300H1 can be used to cover the Social Science requirement and LAS301H1, towards the Humanities requirement).

Spanish or Portuguese language study is recommended, but not a requirement.

Note: Because we encourage our students to be exposed to multidisciplinary perspectives, we strongly recommend that they choose their third-year level LAS course to complement their other program studies. For instance, if you are enrolled in LAS and Spanish (Humanities), we suggest you choose LAS 300, Topics in Social Sciences. Likewise, if you are enrolled in LAS and Political Science (Social Science), we advise that you choose LAS 301, Topics in Humanities.